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I feel really responsible for his legacy. I knew him so well to know how much he cared about country music and about music in general — boundless music and experimentation and the progressiveness of music. I feel I have an obligation I’ll never lose. ●
- – Shooter on being Waylon’s son.
What I took from scripture when I was young was that we’re not meant to judge. I don’t care what you do behind closed doors, who you love, how you love … that’s up to you. As long as you treat me right, I will treat you right. ●
- – Dolly preaches compassion and understanding.
Men, young men, are everywhere on those charts. A lot of them are boys. Actually, many of them. We have a crop of perfectly-sculptured and coiffed and tailored young narcissists as the core of the present-day lineup of contemporary male country singers, as presented by the Nashville establishment. Musically, as well as personally, what they’re offering mainly consists solely of image and attitude. Not much musical sustenance. ●
- – Chet Flippo points to new releases by Connie Smith, Sunny Sweeney, and Pistol Annies as the antidote to country radio’s sea of mediocre males. Sounds like we’re on the same page.
People don’t realize in high school that those are some of the best times that you’re ever gonna have. ●
- – Jason Aldean is definitely in danger of falling into the Chesney man-child trap.
My music, it ain’t music that’s gonna change the world or anything. ●
- – Aldean again. Well, that’s an understatement.
I wait all year for Sunday Night. ●
- – “In fact, it’s pretty much the only time anyone remembers I even exist,” added Faith Hill.
So if I had a day or two off, instead of letting the labels set up 15 minutes of publishers playing two songs, I started going to publishing companies on my own, and with no appointment. I would just walk in. I walked in Warner Chappell one day and said, ‘Hey I’m Jake, and I’m just here to see if there are any pluggers who would wanna play me some songs because I’m looking for great songs.’ They were like, “Really?” And I said, “Yeah, seriously, y’all are a publishing company, you’ve got great songs, right?” ●
- – Jake Owen cut out the middle man in tracking down great songs for his new album…
Owen doesn’t write his own material (with one co-writing exception), so the album’s 11 songs involve teams of two or three of Music Row’s name songwriters digging through their youthful memories for new ways to idealize passions and flirtations idealized or imagined on back roads and river banks. None of those tunesmiths are inspired to do their best work here — not when the choruses revolve around written-in-their-sleep cliches like “Lookin’ around it’s good to see/Everybody keepin’ it county” or “Just you and me, girl, settin’ the world on fire.” ●
- – … an approach which seems to have made not a lick of difference, suggests Chris Willman in his “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” album review. I guess finding the songs yourself doesn’t make much of a difference if your sense of self is as fundamentally uninteresting as Owen’s seems to be.
MuzikMafia, now to me, should be an example to all the creators out there for how it oughta be done. You shouldn’t put perimeters around your creative energy. You should do it the way you want to do it and not apologize for it, and share your stage and look for the next great thing. ●
- – John Rich on the MuzikMafia legacy.
So while it’s wonderful to play music in a film, I love music a lot and I don’t want to screw it up by making a crummy movie about it. So it’s kind of hard to get me making a movie about music unless it’s gonna be really good. ●
- – Jeff Bridges won’t take just any old music-related film role.
For the second consecutive year, it seemed as if Underwood were going to demonstrate that, despite all her Grammys and awards from various country music organizations, she is an overrated vocalist and entertainer.
However, late in her 100-minute concert Saturday night at the sold-out Mystic Lake Casino amphitheater, she stepped out of her showy but conviction-impaired, made-for-TV performance mode and cut loose. It was a Carrie-okie moment as the “American Idol” champ from Oklahoma threw herself, body and soul, into a medley of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” Her voice sounded harsh and dirty, her strut had noticeable swagger and the prim Barbie Doll suddenly became sexy. And she received the loudest reaction of the night from the 8,300 fans — by far. ●
- – From a Carrie Underwood concert review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. This was also my experience at an Underwood concert (well, a Randy Travis concert with Carrie Underwood opening) in California five years ago, which makes me think that she really needs to find some original country material that she likes as much as the classic rock cover songs.
I don’t listen to country radio anymore, as there’s really no authentic country music out there. When I’m on the road, I keep satellite radio going all the time, listening to the classic stuff. ●
- – Add T. Graham Brown to the list of aged-out stars disenchanted by modern country radio. Jeremy Roberts at Pop Culture Examiner has an extensive five-part interview with him.
As far as playing music, I always love to pick up my guitar and play the guitar and sing. And that’s how you do it. Otherwise, no, you don’t stick around for 41 years if you don’t love doing it. Because there are other ways to make a living, and there are other things that this keeps me from doing. You gotta love it, or you’re going to be frustrated. ●
- – Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson on the secret to his longevity.
I thought that I would never be able to do it without drinking, but it’s really easy when you don’t drink, because you look out at a thousand people every night, and not all of them are drunken a——-, but a lot of them are And they can’t help that. Ninety percent of people, if you put booze in them, act like jackasses. [...] But it’s really easy when you don’t drink, because you remember how dumb people look when they do. ●
- – Justin Townes Earle on learning to perform sober.
Too often, what we’re seeing in modern country is, like, frustrated ’80s rockers posing as country artists, you know? (laughs) When that’s the case, you can tell instantly. You aren’t country just because you’ve exhausted all your other options, and now you’re wearing a cowboy hat! ●
- – Keith Urban calls the kettle black.