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I ain’t got time to talk about pigmentation all night. ●
- – Charley Pride to a white audience in Detroit, 1966.
Tonight I was honored by my good friend Brad Paisley when he inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry. What an honor. I am in awe. ●
- – Things you learn on Twitter: Future Opry member Darius Rucker is still a little unclear on the difference between invitation and induction. (Paisley invited him. He won’t be inducted until October 16.)
I’m not a guitar player at all. I don’t know how to play a lot of my songs. So, y’all are gonna drink and act like you like it and I’m gonna play guitar and act like I’m good at it. ●
- – Blake Shelton, taking the stage solo acoustic at a benefit concert after heavy rains made it impossible for the rest of his band to participate.
I don’t see a lot of diehard country fans [at my shows]. I do see people that were country fans in the ‘90s when I was having my songs recorded by country artists. A lot of those people have climbed off the boat, people that were following artists like Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Trisha Yearwood. They’ve dug a little deeper and found music that’s under the radar. Our audiences are kind of the folk and Americana type. They listen to NPR, and it’s a lot of word of mouth from blogs. ●
- – Gretchen Peters, in conversation with Blake Boldt.
To say, ‘Can we try that again and think about it this way?’ Or to talk to them on their level, as an equal, it just didn’t ever occur to me that I would do that. But when you’re in the thick of it and you’re both being musicians, that goes out the window. We’re all after the same good effect. ●
- – Jerry Douglas on working with heroes like James Taylor and Elvis Costello in the studio.
It’s not that I’m this egomaniac and I don’t want to hear anything negative, because I do keep myself in check. But I’ve never developed that thick a skin. So I just kind of live a life, and I let all the gossip live somewhere else. If you go too far down the rabbit hole of what people think about you, it can change everything about who you are. ●
- – Taylor Swift on ignoring her own press.
I think the analogy–if you take a coal out of the fire and you put it outside on the concrete, it’s going to get cold. Then, if you put it back in the fire with the other coals, it’ll get hot again. If you’re around people who are great, you’re going to aspire to be as good as or better than those people if you have any competitive nature in you whatsoever. ●
- – Chris Young on the importance of surrounding oneself with creative, ambitious people.
When I go in there, I’m going in with people. I feel like I’m going into a universe that’s populated. You know what I mean? I feel presences of people I knew, people who knew those people I knew. Maybe I’ve never met them, but I have this real strong sense of not being alone when I actually get down into the thing. I feel very alone thinking about going into it, that process of getting down into it, but when I get down into it it’s like the room is full. ●
- – Iris DeMent on finding her way into a song.
When you’re editing in ProTools you can see the wave files on the screen. Sometimes you end up editing with your eyes. “Oh, the bass drum is early.” Wait, did it sound right? If it sounded right, it wasn’t early. It doesn’t matter if you can see that the sound wave happened a little early. ●
- – Ted Russell Kamp on emotional rightness versus technical perfection.
Writing in Nashville for the market, you’re typically writing for a particular artist. So you listen to Alan Jackson’s best songs and you try and think up something up that fits with him. You come up with something that usually has a cool punch line and you write to the punch line. Every once in a while those songs are great. But that’s the kind of thing that can make a song feel corny to me. It’s a one dimensional picture of love or life or being a guy, whatever it is. I want more depth in a song. ●
- – Ted Russell Kamp again. From a nice interview with fellow artist Grant Langston.
Like, it’s like when you win an award, isn’t that crazy? Like, isn’t that crazy? ●
- – Taylor Swift makes no apologies for the Taylor Swift Surprise Face™. Thanks to Juli for the tip.
I’ve always said country music is the white man’s rhythm & blues. It’s where the pain is. And I think, to some extent, I “popped” it so much that it lost some of the pain. I never meant to do that, but on some of the songs through the years like “She Believes in Me” or “You Decorated My Life,” those are not country country songs. [...] I miss those days of the real country country. This has nothing to do with who’s out there. It just has to do with a period in time. Music is what it is, and you have to learn to accept that. ●
- – Kenny Rogers acknowledges that his influence on country hasn’t all been for the best.
Bubba Sparxxx, ‘Country Folks’: New Tune Features Colt Ford ●
- – Where would country rap be without The Boot and Taste of Country to spotlight it? Ugh.