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I think this album is going to launch me right back into the thick of things, where my songs will get a lot of airplay again. ●
– – With an assist from Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy thinks he’s on the verge of a career resurgence.
I think actual country music itself has become the new form of popular music right now. Thanks to artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, country music has a huge following. That’s why you see all these other acts from other genres making country records. It’s because we’re the ones who are selling records and concert tickets right now. Country music has a buzz about it, and we deserve it. ●
– – Miranda Lambert, playing nice, on country music’s present popularity.
When they approached me about it, they asked me about doing another song, but I told them I wanted to do ‘Footloose’ or I wasn’t going to be part of the soundtrack. ●
– – Blake Shelton used his newfound clout to demand the title track of the “Footloose” remake.
I love the Eric Church record. I’m obsessed with the stuff. I wear out his music. I don’t know if it’s just good dude music or what. But ‘Springsteen’? Everybody needs to hear about that song. I was at the gym working out when I heard it, and I stopped dead and was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ I had to hit back at least five times. ●
– – Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood is in the Church Choir.
When they ask you to honor George Jones, you… just… do… it! ●
– – Lee Ann Womack on singing at George Jones’ 80th birthday celebration.
My co-writer, Phillip White, and I have known each other for a long time. He’s from my hometown in Alabama. We ran into each other this summer and got together to write. I usually always write at my studio at [publishing company] Big Loud Shirt, so I can use my Pro Tools, but Phillip proposed that we do it at Universal. I thought, “That’s a good idea. It will be old-school — two writers with a guitar and a piano — with no toys to play with and interrupt the creative process.” It was a good change from my everyday norm. ●
– – Songwriter Chris Tompkins on “The Trouble with Girls,” accidentally revealing some of the trouble with Nashville songwriting.
Mama cried on a couple of them so we told all the guys to label them, when they sent me songs and demos I would email them back and say… Well it passed the Mama crying test so it must be a good one. ●
– – Scotty McCreery’s upcoming album is full of songs that make mamas cry.
It’s looking like we’re going to have the original [Hot] Band, at least in some form, and everybody’s excited about it. But I don’t want to lose track of the fact that this whole idea I’ve been carrying around for so long is that for about a week, the Hot Band was me and Rodney, sitting around, with my little songbook of all the songs I’d written down in pencil in my little notebook: the Geroge Jones songs, the Don Gibson songs, all the songs I was learning.
It was Rodney and me with two acoustic guitars just going at it doing duets: ‘Sweet Dreams,’ wonderful stuff. So that’s what we want to get back to. And of course the Hot Band would be the icing on the cake. ●
– – Emmylou Harris on finally getting back together with Rodney Crowell for a full duets album.
I don’t know, but I expect the wealthy to write a check ’cause it’s as bad as it’s ever been. It would be unpatriotic not to try to save the country. I’m sure people will bitch about it, but if it meant we get to operate in this country and live here another day, then so be it. ●
– – Toby Keith supports raising taxes on the wealthy, including himself.
We are professionals out here and you’d better act like one or you won’t last long. In order to do as many shows as we do each year and to travel as much as we do we have to take care of ourselves. I kinda instinctively knew that all along and I prepared for it. I prepared my body and my voice and everything else that I’ve got to stay strong through the years. And I’ve done everything you can think of physically: running, swimming, biking, weight-lifting. ●
– – If anyone is an expert on staying healthy on the road, Willie Nelson is the guy.
They certainly don’t make them like they used to. Not that there aren’t a lot of great artists in the Americana world making great country music. These people are just kind of hidden. I mean, Dale Watson, he should be on the radio all the time, but he is essentially some kind of underground singer. Stuff like Dale Watson should be the mainstream of country, but it’s not. ●
– – Nick 13 on the trouble with modern country music.
I think music is in a wonderful place right now. It’s more blurred now. If you pull up iTunes’ home page and look at it, there are usually 3 or 4 country artists with 5 or 6 rock and pop albums. In the 1990s, Garth Brooks was kicking everybody’s butt after the whole Nirvana movement happened. Then Garth and Shania (Twain) were dominating the charts. Then, all of a sudden in the last decade, you saw this evolution with kids getting iPods, and they were listening to rock and country, and also hip-hop. We get kids who come to our meet-and-greets who say: ‘We love you guys — and we love (teen-pop band) The Script.’ It’s amazing for me to see all this. It’s a great time to grow up. ●
– – Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney says “The trouble with what now?”
I’ve known Todd for a long time. I’m a huge fan. I mean, it’s definitely the mutual admiration society there, man. I truly think Todd is one person who was just born for the stage, and belongs there. And if you don’t get the chance to see somebody who really belongs onstage, then you’ve missed it. Because there are only a handful of people who are really great on stage. I don’t care if they can’t boil water otherwise. When they’re up onstage it just knocks you out. And, that’s what Todd’s like. And, you know, his songwriting is really great, but it all comes together there on the stage. ●
– – In his “Ready for Confetti” media rounds, Robert Earl Keen has been plugging Todd Snider almost as much as he has been plugging his new album. I approve.
as country as I’m allowed to make it ●
– – Kellie Pickler describes the sound of her third album.
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