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My fallback was if no one knows who I am and no one knows any of my songs I’m going [to] start playing Keith Urban songs. ●
– – Tim McGraw on touring in Australia.
Plus, there are a lot of kids that don’t really have anything but are able to drift and follow us around the tour, and I’ve stood up for them. [Bouncers] are not going to let someone in because of the way they look or because of the way they smell? In a bar? I mean, come on. And I’ll be like, “Yeah, he’s on our guest list.” ●
– – If you wear your affection for his music proudly, Hank III has your back. Even if it smells.
And we get into rehearsals and what looks good on paper sometimes he’ll look at us and go ‘Y’all gotta give me a break at some point. I mean, I’m screaming my guts out. You know it’s gonna be a hundred degrees.’ ●
– – Jay DeMarcus reveals that life isn’t always easy for Gary TheVoice.
That’s one of the things that drive me and Miranda crazy about Nashville, the fact that it’s so hard to collaborate with people. Look at other genres, and that’s almost all they do! It seems like they know what they’re doing, as far as selling a lot of music. So it’s frustrating. ●
– – Blake Shelton is no fan of the negotiations that have to take place in order for country artists from different labels to record together.
It has all of the country things in it, like farmer’s tans and Coca-Cola. ●
– – Scotty McCreery makes an enticing case for “Write My Number On Your Hand” from his upcoming album.
We like to be on top of each other. ●
– – Jay Barker on living in close quarters with Sara Evans and family.
I can’t stand to keep writing this beautiful stuff and feel like I’m locking it in a closet and not giving it to my fans. I want to give my music to my fans. That’s what radio does; it gives your music to the fans. There has got to be new ways to give music to your fans. ●
– – Big Kenny is thinking up new ways to give music away.
It’s not easy to break through, and then once you do, if you pick up and say, “Yeah, I’m going to go do something else,” clearly everyone on your team thinks you’re crazy. But it’s art, and as an artist I have to always chase what’s most interesting and move forward with what’s most exciting to me. Really I guess that’s what visionaries do. You see something that other people around you don’t, and hopefully in a year or two you end up looking like a real visionary or you end up looking crazy. So hopefully I’ll look like I knew what I was doing. ●
– – Jaron Lowenstein on scrapping “and the Long Road to Love,” going all Americana-like with The Cordovas. You can download the whole new album for free here.
The main reason, honestly, is we’re starting to see songs on Top 40 radio that are so dance-club-heavy and beat-heavy that you don’t have many rock songs playing. I feel like fans who like old Southern rock and country, and more lyric-driven songs in general, have come to country radio. I think that’s why you see country radio growing and albums selling: People are craving a little more of the singer-songwriter stuff going on in country. ●
– – Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley explains the popularity of country, the new catch-all genre.
This has got to be one of the coolest things ever. To be credited as writing a song with Hank Williams, that means more to me than winning a Grammy. ●
– – Alan Jackson is tickled to participate in the “Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams” project.
I kept hearing these tapes that Moon was making with people, and they didn’t sound so very good. I thought, ‘Moon cannot leave this earth sounding like that.’ So I flew to Texas, we worked it out in his garage, and he came to Nashville and recorded. That was his final recording. ●
– – Marty Stuart on having the late Ralph Mooney play on “Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions.”
I got a lot of stuff on my iPod … I’ve been listening to a lot of Johnny Rodriguez stuff. You know, I like to discover a lot of older artists and stuff like that. I listen to a lot of Hank (Williams) Jr., George Strait, Merle (Haggard) and those kinds of guys, Keith Whitley, I love all that. ●
– – Easton Corbin has good taste.
According to the Burleson Star, the singer was in the middle of singing his hit, “Three Wooden Crosses” when he stopped and said something about his vocal cords giving out.
He then reportedly tried to join in again but stopped, stumbled and “pitched forward” onto the front of the stage. That is according to witnesses.
Several doctors who were attending the gala jumped to help, the Burleson Star reports. Travis then walked off stage while giving a thumbs up. ●
– – What’s up with Randy Travis?
I said, ‘Man, I might have to put this thing on the back burner for awhile.’ I’ve got ‘Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue,’ ‘American Soldier,’ I just did ‘American Ride’ (in 2009)…a lot of America songs. They’re just coming daily; if I did ’em all, that’s all I’d record. I thought I should leave about three or four years between ’em and let the last one breathe a little, y’know? ●
– – Toby Keith wasn’t so sure that the time was right for “Made in America.” Turns out he was seriously overestimating the intelligence of the record-buying public.
I don’t think we’ve ever really alienated people to the point it would affect my fan base. Obviously, there’s a few songs that would ruffle some feathers, and I’m all about that anyway — stirring it up a bit, it’s healthy. But I feel like at this point in my life and in my career, I don’t want to discuss that stuff. ●
– – Meanwhile, Darryl Worley is through with the political message songs. For now.
I only started drinking whiskey when I was 58 years old. I will take a couple of shots of whiskey when I am on stage at night. But that’s the only time I drink. I’ve written songs about having babies, but I’ve never had one. I think as a songwriter you can tune into other people’s emotions— whatever, and you can write about that experience. ●
– – “Jack Daniels If You Please” notwithstanding, David Allan Coe isn’t actually much of a drinker.
Putting out safe records puts people out of business. ●
– – Scott Borchetta.