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I kill people in my songs. This is nothing. This is fine. ●
— Carrie Underwood on singing about cigarettes in “Smoke Break.”
I have a family—and when I say a ‘family,’ I mean my band and crew—and they rely on me to write these songs and make another successful record to keep this thing going. ●
— Kip Moore, inveterate bachelor.
I think there’s a quality problem, and I think the lack of women artists is a part of the quality problem, or maybe a result of it. … It’s not even about classic versus new. It’s about good music versus bad. ●
— Brennen Leigh on mainstream country, in a nice joint interview with Sunny Sweeney.
The one thing that the Phillips family wanted us to [do] was capture Sam’s nonconventional spirit. When we were talking with his son, Jerry, about the exhibit, one of his favorite expressions was, ‘Squirt some weird on it!’ ●
— Michael Gray, co-curator of the new Sam Phillips exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
2. Positive images of women: Not that I want anyone to refer to me as his “gal,” but secretly I wouldn’t mind. Country men love their women and aren’t afraid to say it! How refreshing is that? ●
— This is what happens when a marketing consultant starts listening to country music and immediately writes a listicle entitled “8 Ways Country Music Can Make You Happy.”
But as far as the U.S. goes, I think there are like, 800 stations that play pop/hip-hop/R&B that type of thing. So if you match that up, if you have 800 pop stations and have 2,000 country stations… You’re gonna get a lot more attention from people if you’re country. Also, modern country is rock ‘n’ roll, basically. ●
— Tom Johnston, founding Doobie Brother. The group released an album of collaborations with country stars last year.
Every step of the way seemed to be a very inspired process, almost like there was another force involved with the way that things were working. ●
— Jordan Pettit, VP of national promotion at Michael Ray’s record label, on the success of “Kiss You In the Morning.” God’s a big fan, I guess.
For us it’s not risk-taking, it’s staying true to who we are. We are not going to release an album that we don’t believe in. ●
— Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow.
Yeah, it was so weird. They were like, “Oh, it’s girls against guys.” No, it’s not like that at all. It’s the story that’s been told over and over again, but from a different character. The character that doesn’t get to say anything finally spoke up. ●
— Maddie Marlow, smartly framing “Girl in a Country Song.”
I hate the fake drums. Those need to go away! ●
— Maddie Marlow again. Some of the mainstream guys are going to have to start sounding like actual people rather than people-pleasing ‘brands’ in their interviews, because they’re currently being shown up by a 20-year-old girl.
But as far as actually looking down the road, I want to continue to work hard at what I do, and I want to build my brand. I want to show folks what I enjoy doing outside of music, most of all. It’s helping to build my artistry. ●
— Jake Owen’s big plan for building his artistry is to make sure folks know that he enjoys beaches and water sports in addition to music. Makes sense to me.
Seeing [Luke Bryan’s] new album come out and do so well, how good it is, I want to stay around that mojo and run some new songs by Luke, get his take on what I’m excited about for my third album. Because, you know, his third album was really his album that took him to a new level, and I’ve been following his career since he’s been playing the college scene, so I kind of go along and follow his blueprint for how it’s done. ●
— Dustin Lynch is so, so boring.
I think it’s definitely still the same Brandy Clark that you guys all loved on 12 Stories, I’m still the same storyteller. Sonically, [Jay Joyce] brings an edge to it which to me was kinda scary at the beginning of it but I didn’t want to make the same record twice and so we definitely didn’t do that but I think it’s the same Brandy that you guys all like. ●
— If you’ll forgive her for discussing herself in the third person, Brandy Clark has a few hints about that next Brandy Clark record.
We were on [Tyler Farr’s] bus before a show where he was going to play for 8,000 people in Louisville, and the average time to the top of the chart for Tyler was 34 weeks. If we continue on that path, it’s going to take 15-16 years for him to have 10 songs to play live and do a full-band show for 75 minutes. So he’s got to get off of that cycle. We’ve got to get the stuff that we can get up and off the charts quicker and get the audience exposed quicker. ●
— Sony EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges. Granted, I’m no expert on music business math, but how 34 weeks times 10 could equal 15 years eludes me.
When you play the fiddle for a living, it’s sort of a requirement that you do it with joy. You can’t really fake it with a fiddle. ●
— Ketch Secor to Juli Thanki.
I think our sound will evolve two or three times. ●
— Huh. I’m not sure Josh Abbott understands how evolution works.
The battle for airplay. . . we’re not going to be in that fight. It’ll have to be a fan-driven thing. I’m not going to waste time trying to fit into someone else’s model. ●
— Clint Black, who’s getting ready to release a new album next month.
Williams, never one to shy from confrontation, called out everyone from Kid Rock to “Fox & Friends” to Chicago (hometown of President Barack Obama), calling the city a s***hole and saying he wouldn’t play there for any amount of money.
He earned huge applause when he punctuated the line “Gay guitar players don’t turn me on,” from the song “Dinosaur.”
One person Williams had kind words for, aside from his father, was himself. He came onstage wearing an “icon” hat, yelled “Get it, Hank!” during his own piano solo and reminded everyone that he has three of the top 10 country music videos of all time. ●
— From a review of Hank Jr. at the New York State Fair.
I’d rather be too smart than too dumb. ●
— Brandy Clark, asked if her songs are too smart for country radio.
The fact that it was Jerrod Niemann and you could get in for $6, that caught my eye. ●
— Person seeing Jerrod Niemann perform at Nebraska State Fair, asked why she was there to see Jerrod Niemann perform at the Nebraska State Fair.