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However, I do have a question for Pastorek: Why the hell did you give him a “B” grade? “B” is average — and Twang isn’t an average record. He earned an “A.” And with 155,000 copies sold the first week, the Strait-man’s brand new album zoomed to No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and knocked Michael Jackson’s Number Ones from the top of the Billboard 200. That’s an “A-plus” achievement for sure. Yeah, big George! ●
– – Hazel Smith takes exception to anything less than highest marks for George Strait.
If people don’t like it, that’s fine. They don’t have to buy it. I grew up listening to country music, but I also grew up listening to a lot of the ’80s rock bands. I’m not trying to make a rock album. I do country music, it’s just my version of it. And a lot of people do like it, and those are the ones I’m playing it for. ●
– – Jason Aldean to The Tennessean on charges that he’s too rock… like the one levied by Trailer’s “She’s Country” fake news, which is quoted by Peter Cooper in the article. (Trailer hit the big time!)
[Jason Aldean] is the ONLY country singer that sings COUNTRY songs. ●
– – Fan comment on aforementioned Tennessean article. Seems reasonable to me.
And not to get all preachy, but I do like the way these young men — Stephen “Hey Stephen” Barker Liles, Brian Bandas and Eric Gunderson — take time in the liner notes to give a shout out to a faithful God whose love never fails and to be grateful for being raised in a Jesus-filled home. ●
– – Alison Bonaguro. Not to get all skeptical, but I’m pretty sure “God” comes pre-printed on the “Who would you like to thank in the liner notes?” form distributed by all the major labels.
I remember one concert in Louisville, Kentucky. My backup singers sounded kind of off. I glanced over my shoulder to see what was the matter. There was [my husband] Carl at one of the microphones! And he had the audacity to wink at me. I decided to do him one better. I sauntered over to a policeman working security. “That man back there in the white shirt isn’t part of our group,” I told him. The cops hauled Carl away. It was all I could do not to crack up. ●
– – Dolly Parton on her husband’s practical joke tendencies.
For a couple of hard heads like us to compromise basically what it is you do, you’re constantly givin’ [something] up — and generally, I think, way more than you take from a relationship like that, no matter how successful it is. I’m the first one to say what a great singer Ronnie is and everything like that, but I mean, hell, I was writin’ songs for 10 years before I ever met him. And had a lot goin’ on… and he’s had to do the exact same thing. ●
– – Frustration seeps through as Kix Brooks discusses his split from Ronnie Dunn.
When I did Stardust, a lot of people said, ‘You’re crazy, those are old songs. People won’t buy them.’ But I had enough faith in the songs and the music itself to know that it didn’t matter if they were old or new. People don’t forget good songs. If it was a hit at one time, people will want to hear it again later. ●
– – Willie Nelson thinks that good songs age well. If anyone knows about aging well, he’s the guy.
Nashville has some of the finest musicians, songwriters, and engineers in the world, but unfortunately it’s controlled by pop radio and record companies that want to make a gazillion dollars and really could care less about making good music. ●
– – Asleep at the Wheel mafioso Ray Benson saws an old fiddle.
We can never afford to be lazy, or careless, or corrupt or greedy in the selection of songs. Songs are everything. ●
– – Producer Allen Reynolds has advice for industry decision-makers.
I think some day she’s going to like ‘Ava Adele,’ but she raised her hand on ‘Barbie Doll’ and said that song was about her. I had to kind of go, ‘Okay, for now that’s cool … but we’ll talk about it later, honey!’ ●
– – Uh oh. Jack Ingram’s daughter relates to the good-looking, heartless title character of “Barbie Doll.” (Incidentally, the best version of the song is on Todd Snider’s Peace, Love and Anarchy.)
I mean, I’m not really a fan of country but [then] I heard Taylor Swift. [It’s] kind of pop, so it’s a good kind of country that kids can get into. ●
– – A sixteen-year-old Taylor Swift fan explains the singer’s appeal.
She’s down to Earth. I was never into country but this is like pop so it’s good. ●
– – A fifteen-year-old Swift fan concurs. See all the new country fans Swift is creating? Exciting!
It’s a curse and a blessing. Mainly it’s a blessing because … I can have a career off that one song; well, I have had a certain career off that one song. But the good thing about it is it enables me to be able to go and do what I want to do, and that’s play real traditional country music. ●
– – Lee Ann Womack on sappy career song “I Hope You Dance.”
There’s definitely a market for Moore’s music: Folks who believe in an idyllic, if fictional, vision of rural America. But artists without a clear, definable sound and image — artists such as Moore — are destined for the bargain bin when, following a pair of radio hits, the public moves on to another one-trick pony. ●
– – NewsOK’s Ben Scott has (justifiably) harsh words for Justin Moore.
CP: There’s kind of an irreverence to your cover choices, like you’re trying to expand the boundaries of country music.
JN: Irreverence can be really powerful. It’s like subversive rebellion. You’re not screaming, “I’m going to change the world” Performing with the B52’s, we weren’t waving a flag and saying “Look at us—we’re bringing this iconic gay band into CMT.” We just did it, and people had to accept it. They loved it without even thinking about it. ●
– – In order for Jennifer Nettles’ quiet rebellion to take hold, she’ll have to get Kristian Bush to stop talking about all the ways he thinks Sugarland is changing the music world.
[Guy] Clark set forth on a mission to puy together an all-around great album and fell short drastically; needing to tone down his greatness, he landed flat on his face with an overpowering and dramatic album that is overwhelmed to the ear. His old-fashion rhythm can in no way keep up with today’s country music. ●
– – This review of the new Guy Clark album is damn near incomprehensible. What sort of drugs are the kids at Baylor University taking?