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I think country music is very elastic. I think it’s interesting that people have asked certain questions about that elasticity. For example, ‘Do you think you can push too far?’ And I say, ‘Why do you ask this of country music? Is country music supposed to be less tolerant? Is it supposed to be less innovative?’ I don’t think so. I’ve used this example before, but when the Rolling Stones brought in gospel singers as their backup singers, did people suddenly look at them and ask, ‘Oh, have you gone too far? Are you about to make a gospel record?’ … I think country music is elastic, and it’s definitely showing that it’s young and fresh and hip and new and not stodgy, if you will. ●
- – Jennifer Nettles on making country hip by making it, err, less like country music. Because country that doesn’t recognize much of itself in rehashed ’80s pop is intolerant and stodgy.
On the first listen of this song, I would have to question his flat statement that what he’s addressing is that “this is country music” when it begins to directly affect individual rights. Everyone’s definition of country music is different. Excessive flag-waving and name-checking Johnny Cash also beg the question of excess. And rhyming “cancer” with “answer” is a bit of a reach. In my humble opinion. ●
- – Chet Flippo isn’t too high on Brad Paisley’s “This Is Country Music.”
The demand for Garth was so overwhelming that it caught us by surprise. We could fill a theater many times the size of this, twice a night. The contact with Garth Brooks in the Encore Theater is the equivalent of being in his living room. When the greatest live performer of our time appears in such an intimate theater, the seats should be priced at least competitively with other great Las Vegas entertainers. In terms of value, I believe that Garth Brooks is still under-priced and represents the greatest entertainment value in modern Las Vegas. (from email)
- – Steve Wynn on nearly doubling the ticket price for Garth’s Vegas shows to $250. Hmm, a couple hours with Garth or a month of groceries? Reckon I won’t be seeing Garth anytime soon.
“My life is in my songs,” she notes. “A lot of people say, ‘Hey, how do you write a song?’ How do you live? I mean, just sit down, and just start writin’ like you’re talkin’. That’s the way I always did it.”
Well, that’s mostly the way she did it.
“Maybe I had to change a few things,” she allows, “to not get so dirty.” ●
- – I really do love Loretta Lynn.
I love Miranda. I love what she does. I’ve known her a long time. She’s like a female version of me. I’m the male version of her. We have a lot of musical interests in common. She’s somebody that believes in making records first and letting everything else revolve around that. Whereas a lot of people worry about a song, a video or an image. It’s all about music for her; the same thing for me. It’s been fun to get that kind of crowd in the room; a commonality. It’s been fun. We’ve sold out a bunch of them. I hate it’s going to end. ●
- – Eric Church on tourmate – and, apparently, now that she’s a big deal, kindred spirit – Miranda Lambert.
I’d rather be rich than have a trophy. ●
- – Jay DeMarcus on Rascal Flatts’ lack of awards show recognition.
I think he’s a pretty good little singer, and that hair — he ought to have his own line of shampoos. ●
- – Be honest. You wanted to know what Loretta Lynn would say about Justin Bieber, right?
Well, I think [country is] in the ear of the beholder. A lot of listeners probably couldn’t put up with listening to the records I listen to, that I consider country music. Also, there are a couple kinds of country music that have come back up. I think that most everybody around this town thought the kind of music that Ghost Train represents was dead and gone except for some pioneer acts at the Opry. So I stood up and said, “I beg to differ!” I helped create the way country music sounds on the radio these days and I’m also encouraged to go back and help create it another way now. ●
- – Marty Stuart on getting back to traditional country music.
But the one I went away remembering and thinking about was the shy girl sitting on the far right end, peering out from under a mass of chestnut-brown ringlets, dark eyes glowing with some strange sort of inner light. The vibe was, well, odd. This kid, I remember thinking, was already a performer. I also remember thinking how irrational that impression was. High school junior, a little big-boned and awkward, in a remote little burg in Nowhere, Tennessee… but with that… thing, that magnetism, presence, IT – whatever you want to call it – that you get when you meet someone like Barbara Streisand, Bono, Harrison Ford, maybe. Earlier, Ginger had surprised me at lunch, saying, “Don’t worry if you get a bit of… uh, flirting from the girls. Whenever I bring a guy from the playhouse here, they do that.” I was pushing 39, at that point, so the looks I was getting were a tad disconcerting, especially from children whose fathers were probably a good bit younger than me. But the girl on the end… she wasn’t flirting. She was absorbing. Clearly, everything I said and did, everything Ginger had to offer, this child was sucking up like a little ShopVac with no ‘Off” switch.
That, folks, was my first encounter with Mandy Barnett. ●
- – Stage actor Steven J. Patrick recalls his first encounter with Mandy Barnett, who he calls “the most romantic voice in American music.” She was a high school drama student at the time.
I’m not exactly sure where we’re at. But we’re having fun, and we’re glad to be here. ●
- – Stage banter from Merle Haggard.
I didn’t want to be that guy that’s (like), ‘I’m gonna make a country record.’ I didn’t want to be that cat. But I love it. Everybody’s been above and beyond with me. ●
- – Uncle Kracker continued, “So, anyway, I’m gonna make a country record.”
I have hundreds and hundreds of songs and we go through those. Our friends who are great songwriters have hundreds of songs and we go through them as well. In the end, I always give my opinion but it’s Joey’s choice. My songwriting career is my choice, but this is Joey’s career.
The album we make is the album she wants to make. I want to default all of those decisions to her. She makes the final decision on all of it. I want this to be her career. ●
- – Rory explains that a Joey + Rory album is actually a Joey album.
That’s the great thing about them. They don’t cut bad songs. ●
- – Scott Borchetta on Rascal Flatts.
I still enjoy performing and putting all the songs together in an order that makes sense for me – and for whatever reason, whether they’re just more sympathetic to old people or what, the crowds are great. ●
- – Kris Kristofferson is reaping the benefits of being an old guy.
Here’s a little “Stand By Your Man” for your enjoyment.