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Q: What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you in the music business?
A: I got a record deal! The fact that they gave me one, that’s pretty funny! ●
– – For once, I’m in total agreement with Uncle Kracker.
And a guy heard me sing it and gave me a record deal. I had played it around Nashville. But Nashville’s a lot of good old boys, country, and it didn’t go over well. People said, ‘That’s not country. You should stop playing it.’ But I liked it. ●
– – Jimmy Wayne on Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile.”
In the first 10 minutes of your day, you rub sodium lauryl sulfates on your teeth, then put aluminum under your arms, then add aspartame to your coffee. You can’t even go into a gas station and find something that’s good for you. I’m not a political person. This is just what I believe. ●
– – Zac Brown on the prevalence of potentially hazardous chemicals in everyday life. This gave me pause as I was sipping my warm cup of high fructose corn syrup.
We kind of picked, I think it was 10 or 12 people that we really felt like got our vibe and were interested in working with us. We basically break off into a bunch of different rooms in groups of three and write songs all day. That’s how we did the last record, too. We feel like that’s a really great way to get everybody’s vibe mixed and kind of get a new sound happening. ●
– – Tom Gossin on Gloriana’s writing process. Good time management or factory farming of songs?
I come from a military family. My dad was a drill sergeant, my grandfather was in Korea. I was in the Navy myself and went around the world by the time I turned 21. The song itself is definitely an ode to my heroes. I don’t think there IS anybody that’s ever laid down our lives for you, other than soldiers and Jesus. Those are the people that live and die for you, and go out and do those things that nobody else wants to do. So yeah, it is personal to me. But it’s a powerful song and I think it hits home for a lot of people. And I think a lot of the [people in the] country market are the people that bear the brunt of the cost of freedom in America. ●
– – James Otto on “Soldiers and Jesus,” the only people who lay down their lives for us… excepting firefighters, policemen, coal miners, investigative reporters…
I think compromise is what is costing some Republicans their jobs. These people don’t want compromise. They don’t want their conservative leaders to reach across the aisle and work with the other party. They want them to leer across the aisle and give them the finger. That’s why these people are being voted out. ●
– – Trace Adkins to Anderson Cooper on civil unrest and the rise(?) of the Tea Party.
The way [Enjoy Yourself] became the title is that I had no other title. [laughs] I couldn’t think of anything else, and like I said, I had this rush job all of a sudden. ‘Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer’ went really fast. I expected 40 weeks and in eight weeks, I’m having to turn out an album … I don’t really like picking from song titles, but ‘Enjoy Yourself’ is kind of the whole theme of what I want you to feel when you hear the album. ●
– – Just in case you thought there was some really interesting story behind the title of Billy Currington’s new album.
I remember I first came out with a song that I really promise I was never going to put on an album or come out with first. It was called ‘Walk a Little Straighter.’ It was personal about my dad. It was sad, not sad, but it was happy sad. I learned that I really don’t want to be a part of those types of songs on the radio. Looking back at the songs like ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ or ‘Must Be Doin’ Something Right’ or anything that was happy and fun seemed like they worked the best. So, you may have noticed that ‘Must’ and ‘Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer’ and ‘People Are Crazy,’ they’re all happy and fun, so that’s what I got it in my head that works, so I keep recording those types of songs. If I record 10 happy songs, they don’t have any chance of putting out a sad one. [laughs] I just feel like 90 percent of the time, people want to be happy. I can’t say I’ll never record a sad song again, but for now, I just want to be in a happy vein, and I feel like it’s going to work for us. ●
– – Billy Currington again. Since “Walk a Little Straighter” was the song that got me interested in him in the first place, I guess it’s safe to stop paying attention now?
We knew Flatts were recording, and he said, “Hey, let’s write a song for Flatts.” They kind of have a formula that works very, very well for them, and the nice thing about [lead singer] Gary’s voice is that he has one of the few in country music that has that range of an octave-and-a-half. That’s the nice thing about writing for Flatts — you can write real pop songs, when other times when you’re writing for other people, you have to write less than an octave range. So we wrote it specifically for Gary. As soon as we wrote it, we knew it was really special. ●
– – Chris Sligh on cowriting (with Clint Lagerberg) “Here Comes Goodbye.”
Recently, I did a show with Miranda Lambert. I love what she does. She kind of reminds me of myself a little bit. I was a little country, a little edgy. She’s turned out to be be more hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll, and a mix of real country. That’s what I like hearing. Her nine CMA nominations are well deserved. This is her third album. It’s kind of a slow process. It’s not an overnight thing. ●
– – Patty Loveless is a Ran Fan.
If the question is, ‘Will I cater to your needs?’, then the answer is, ‘No, I won’t.’ And that’s a choice. The best sermons that I heard growing up were from preachers who said, ‘I did not come here to make you happy. I came here to tell you the truth.’ Well that’s what I do. I don’t care if it makes you happy or it (upsets you) and you decide to pull up your skirt and run down the street naked. ●
– – I followed Jamey Johnson right up until the part about pulling up my skirt and running down the streets naked.
When he was 12-years old, his grandmother would take him to bars and he picked up an ear for country music. ●
– – Fear not, there IS a country connection for America’s Got Talent winner Michael Grimm. Uh oh.