And I dare say that if it’d been, I dunno, Toby Keith who’d criticized the president instead of a trio of women, things would have gone down a lot differently than they did. A lot more slack, and a lot fewer playlists, would’ve been cut. ●
– – Remark from David Cantwell in an interesting Kansas City Star (“that’s what I are”) article on gender in country music. Think he has a point?
Q: Do you remember your first time in Nashville?
A: My first time here, it was on my 17th birthday, and it was when I signed my record deal. ●
– – Jennette McCurdy on her long road to country stardom.
I can’t listen to music while I’m doing something else. Well, unless I’m working out. But I, like, fall off the treadmill all the time if I’m listening to something that I like too much. My life conforms to music, not the other way around. ●
– – Chris Thile isn’t big on passive listening.
People have so many things going on in their lives now, Rhett says, that they don’t have the patience to wait too long to get to the hook in a song. And that’s why “Beer” is his favorite current hit.
“In four lines, you are nailed,” Rhett says. “They said three lines describin’ what he’s not good at. But he goes, ‘I’m pretty good at drinkin’ beer.’ You don’t have to say another word. I mean, the song’s over with at that point. You’re just repeatin’ yourself at that point. Troy Jones absolutely nailed, nailed, nailed.” ●
– – Meanwhile, Rhett Akins loves “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” citing its repetitiveness and modest demands on listener attention as positive traits.
The first time I started writing with him, I threw out an idea to him. He said, ‘That’s cool for, like, Rascal Flatts or somebody, but man, I want to write a country record.’ From the beginning, he drove it. He was like, ‘No, I’ve been wanting to make a country record for years.’ ●
– – Frank Rogers on Darius Rucker, who evidently doesn’t recognize Rascal Flatts as country.
I think she’s the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century. You can’t talk me out of it. ●
– – Jack White on Loretta Lynn.
The Bellamy Brothers Remember Their First Time ●
– – I’ve never been as scared to click through to an article as I was when I saw this headline. Awkward.
I still believe that there are a percentage of people out there that want to… hear the investment the artist makes. And I still believe there’s people out there that want to hear the record, what they’re doin’ and what they’re sayin’. And, I know I do. I mean, do I buy songs off iTunes? Yeah. But I still want to hear some people’s records that are comin’ out this year. ●
– – Kenny Chesney, whose own new album is quite good with the exception of tracks 1-3 and 5-10.
Q: Has John Rich offered any parenting advice on fatherhood yet? Will be a little baby MuzikMafia forming anytime soon?
A: Oh, I don’t know if I’m taking parenting advice from John Rich! [laughs] I’m not getting his son and my daughter together for any playdates any time soon! I know John, know him for a long time, and I don’t know if I need his kid terrorizing my daughter! ●
– – James Otto is smarter than he looks. Right, Holly?
In some ways it’s all just one record, but one is a shorter version while the Target version is the full album. If people get the shorter version and love it, maybe they’ll want to hear some more songs. ●
– – Keith Urban on releasing Get Closer as a half-album everywhere but Target. Blech.
Little teacups, a Geisha doll and a crystal ball that looks like a fortuneteller’s. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted that crystal ball — so my mom gave it to me and I let her keep one of my Grammys. ●
– – Taylor Swift on what she took from her parents’ house for her new apartment.
What’s really cool about it is when you listen to, for example, the Everly Brothers, you don’t know which one is singing which part. It’s almost like one voice coming out of two people and creating this really eerie, parallel movement, and that’s what we do just on accident. I could never sing like Carrie Underwood. I could never be the next Martina McBride. What we do is just what we do.
When people ask us, “Well, who’s the lead singer?,” we tell them, “There’s not a lead singer.” I can’t be a Secret Sister without her. It’s the way the two voices match up and move that makes the sound. ●
– – Secret Sister Laura Rogers on sibling harmony.
One of the highest compliments we got was from Jason Owen [former head of publicity for Sugarland’s record label, Universal Music Nashville]. He wrote us an email that said, ‘You guys are going to win an Oscar for this video and, unfortunately, Jennifer’s not going to get a date because no one’s going to go with her since she did such a convincing job of being a crazy person.’ [laughs] I loved doing it. And, I loved actually seeing Kristian acting in this. It felt like the first time he threw his hat in the ring and did some acting. I loved it. ●
– – Jennifer Nettles on the “Stuck Like Glue” video and Kristian Bush’s acting debut, which involved occasional background shots of him doing nothing.
My favorite moment was someone dared me to play a little prank on him. So in the scene where he shows up at the dressing room door, and he’s standing there, they dared me to instead of acting surprised … I had something on under it, but just to take that robe off and be like, ‘I’ve been waiting for you.’ The look on his face was priceless. You never know with hotshot people like that, but he was so cool about it. He was not expecting it at all. ●
– – Katrina Elam on ‘pranking’ George Strait on the set of Pure Country 2.
Now when you discover music, you’re discovering it on demand. And pretty much (with) every way you can discover music on demand … they all have one attribute in common. They all start at the very beginning, zero seconds. Which doesn’t sound foreign, because of course everybody listens to a song from the beginning of a song, but it’s actually a new concept when it comes to the music discovery process.
A large portion of people will make a decision on whether they like the song or not in the first 10 seconds of listening. It makes the first 10 seconds of a song crucial. ●
– – Jay Frank, senior vice president of music strategy for CMT, on music discovery.
Q: How competitive is Nashville for a songwriter these days?
A: It’s one of the hardest times to get songs on a record because every artist is writing their own songs. I heard in the ’90s there were thousands of writers getting their songs recorded but now it’s in the hundreds. But if you’re good enough and get songs on a record, you can make a good living for yourself. ●
– – Singer-songwriter Matt Jenkins, with something of a follow-up to Hillary Scott’s comment from last week.
A 47-year-old man was punched in the face by an unknown man after making a derogatory comment about country music when a country song was played on the jukebox at The Cottage Bar, 7865 W. 159th St., around 12:21 a.m. Oct. 9. A 30-year-old man who got involved was also punched in the face and required stitches. The attacker left the bar with two other men and a woman before police arrived. ●
– – Just for the record, I was nowhere near Tinley Park, IL, on October 9.
I don’t want them to develop just one taste [in music]. I want them to feel the power in country (music) as much as they feel it in Justin Bieber. ●
– – Michelle Obama on her hopes for daughters Malia and Sasha. Tell you what, let’s meet the Obama girls halfway by making country music sound as much like Justin Bieber as possible.