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It’s just really good to figure out that somebody actually gives a crap. ●
- – Randy Houser on receiving CMA nominations for New Artist and Music Video.
When we first moved to Nashville, Dave and I, we honestly got to the point where we just wanted to write songs. I love writing. I love waking up around 10, write a song, eat some lunch, finish the song, and then you’re done with your day. It’s like, what a great life. [Songwriters] have the best lives ever. ●
- – I think Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley actually wants to be a bum, but would settle for songwriting.
George Strait is magic and we all know that. ●
- – Delbert McClinton on the enduring appeal of the Strait.
It sounds like someone wrote it for me, but I found it riding around with Blake. He had [it on] a pitch CD—I started balling when I heard it. He said, ‘So I guess you want that song?’ ●
- – Miranda Lambert on one of the songs from her upcoming CD, “The House That Built Me.” The song made her start balling! Either she chooses odd times to shoot hoops or a Billboard copy editor just got fired.
I knew Brad Paisley was different in 1999. He didn’t have an album out and was opening for Loretta Lynn at Town Hall in New York City. For starters, he played his own lead guitar licks. The songs he sang — half ballads, half uptempo tunes — were his own. And there was a genuine, slightly corny charm to his sense of humor. “What’s your name?” somebody from the crowd asked. “Haven’t you heard of me?” he replied. “I’m Garth Brooks.” ●
- – The Houston Chronicle’s Andrew Dansby on an early encounter with Brad Paisley.
[We] return to the original country punk, Elvis, a man who would appreciate the appetite if not the sentiments Nikki expresses in the song, The Whole Damn Thing: “I got drunk and I ate the chicken/I ate the chicken I found in my kitchen/Not just the leg, not just the wing/I’d like to let you know I ate the whole damn thing.”
You’re not going to live that down if you sing about it every night, I suggest.
“Live what down?” laughs Kelley. “She’s obviously not ashamed of it.” ●
- – From Bernard Zuel’s fine article on Those Darlins, a spunky country-punk trio who released their debut album earlier this year. Juli Thanki reviewed it for The 9513.
“We’re really happy to release music that represents the band 110 percent,” Mates said, adding that he gets his biggest kicks out of performing on stage. “We always give it 110 percent. If it ever ended tomorrow, we’ll know we tried as hard as we could.” ●
- – Emerson Drive’s Brad Mates must be using some loopy Canadian percentage system.
Along the way one night, my son asked me, ‘What’s wrong with country music? It doesn’t sound right. It doesn’t sound the same.’ I said, ‘Hold it, son. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just different. Those young kids are doing it their way. We’re doing it our way. We’ve got to realize that the world is a different place, and will never be the same. After all, Johnny Cash is dead and his house burned down!’ ●
- – Larry Gatlin makes it sound like he came up with the idea for “Johnny Cash Is Dead and His House Burned Down” while stuck inside an episode of “Leave It to Beaver.”
I said, ‘Well, it’s an honor on one hand to get a Jimmy Buffett cut, but it’s maybe even a rarer honor to be censored by the guy who wrote “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw.”’ ●
- – Songwriter/musician/producer/renaissance man Mac McAnally on Buffett’s cut of “Stephon, the Alternative Lifestyle Reindeer” getting nixed by the singer’s legal consultants.
My real fans know I don’t even make music for them. I make music for me. Just because you liked ‘Lonesome’ doesn’t mean you have to like everything I cut. ●
- – Jamey Johnson has no use for superfans.
You should start a band
Learn “Free Bird” and “Ramblin’ Man”
No country songs, though ●
- – Country Haiku on Urban and Paisley’s “Start a Band.”
Finally, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Kanye West is sort of a tool.