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I probably thought I was God’s gift to country music for a second; then I realized that country music didn’t want to be saved, and I didn’t really want to save it. ●
— Steve Earle.
I thought it would be a great duet for us. Looking back years later, she hasn’t called me to say, ‘Hey, I wanna pay you back for putting me on your first album and letting all these people hear my voice.’ She hasn’t reciprocated. I’m just old-fashioned. I think if someone had done that for me, I’d have been grateful. Call it what you want to. ●
— Buddy Jewell on having Miranda Lambert sing “Today I Started Loving You Again” with him on his first Sony album, back before she signed her own deal.
Q: Is there a songwriter in American history whom you wished people knew more about?
A: Vern Gosdin. He’s a guy who kind of got lost along the way, but he’s one of my favorite all-time songwriters.
Q: And why is that?
A: ’Cause he’s a good f—— writer! [Laughs.] ●
— Willie Nelson to Washington Post Magazine.
Is the sound all right and everything? Well, I don’t usually have much to say, and I believe now that’s about covered it. ●
— Don Williams stage banter.
This group’s not going to be anything like what you saw on that country music thing (the CMA Awards) the other night. I thought there were some nice-looking people there and everything looked great. They seemed to be short of songs. ●
— Merle Haggard stage banter.
That he is a great talent was not new to me. We put him on the show behind Luke Bryan a couple of years ago. ●
— Yeah, you do have to credit CMA Awards executive producer Robert Deaton with being way ahead of the curve in honoring Chris Stapleton with a spot in the shadows behind Luke Bryan during that “Drink a Beer” performance in 2013.
All the death knells that have been written about the music business, but that night in five minutes there were hundreds of thousands of people who went and spent their money because they loved what they heard. That just goes to show you, if we all do that on a regular basis and we can get that kind of artistry, there’s a solution to the music business, and it started with Chris Stapleton that night. ●
— Joe Galante on Chris Stapleton.
I have no doubt that Chris [Stapleton] will be on the radio. Will it be with this single? That will be determined. But whether it’s this one or the next one or the one after, he will be a factor at country radio. Chris’ CMA performance undoubtedly moved people who will be calling their radio stations now. ●
— UMG Nashville president Cindy Mabe.
Any Pop fusion/current fad cycle in our genre always has a use-by date, or rather, it burns itself out due to the unrelenting cloning of a sound, a theme, a style etc. Slowly but surely, it gets artistically thinner and thinner until the audience is hungry for something REAL! And along comes Stapleton. It’s the need for artistic expression – and not quota – that creates albums like ‘Traveller’…the stars align, and there’s magic on an album. ●
— Keith Urban, as quoted by All Access’ R.J. Curtis.
I think we’re seeing some course correction in the format with songs that have more substance. Maren Morris [recently signed by Sony in a bidding war] heads in that direction, and so does the solo stuff Charles Kelley is doing, and Cam — there are so many artists bringing it back in toward the center. ●
— Craig Dunn, manager of Sara Evans.
I think our format is wider than it’s ever been, and that’s not a bad thing. We’re selling better than we’ve sold in a lot of years. I think having different sounding people is a great thing. […] They’re doing what’s them. I’m doing what’s me. As long as everybody is making really great music, do you really care if ‘Well, that doesn’t have a steel guitar on it.’ And do you really mind if all of my stuff does? ●
— Chris Young says there’s no problem as long as everyone keeps making really great music. Uhh, should we tell him…?
There’s a lot to women, I’m finding out through my girlfriend, through all kinds of folks. ●
— Scotty McCreery. Soo, what were his previous beliefs about women?
I’ve heard people say, ‘What do you have to write about? You’re 22!’ Well, actually, we’re leaving a lot of stuff out. ●
— Scotty McCreery again. Just imagine all the exciting material that’s being left out of his autobiography!
I’m blessed by the limitation of my voice. I think that’s a very underappreciated thing for me—I don’t appreciate it sometimes. That is, if I had a lot of different talents and I could do a lot of different things, sound a lot of different ways, I would probably explore that to the point of not being good at anything. I’m glad my voice only lets me sing country… ●
— Joe Nichols.
I think we’re in a very serious place in the history of this country and we need to take it pretty seriously, and I think he does. But I don’t think anybody else takes him seriously, so he’s having to deal with that. […] I think we ought to try a businessman running the show for awhile. I mean, nothing else has worked. ●
— Trace Adkins on Donald Trump.
It is hard to be a girl – especially in country music. It is always a struggle to be taken seriously here, and you just have to come in and take your lady balls and put them on the table. Never give up and just be yourself. Never be afraid. Don’t let other people take over and tell you who you are; figure that out for yourself. ●
— Meghan Linsey on (and to) women in country.
That’s one of those songs that — even now, when I start playing it, people who aren’t huge country music fans will say “I like that song a lot.” It’s one of those songs that is still timeless. ●
— Chris Young on “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Still timeless, eh? Funny thing about songs that were timeless: By definition, they either still are or never were.
Music is like having a conversation. All musicians inspire each other, and they’re all geared to play something that matters. A lot of people play to impress, but the really gifted ones play to move. That’s the greatest point of ever doing this. I don’t want to impress somebody, I want to move somebody. Say the most with the least. ●
— One of many Vince Gill gems in his extensive chat with Chris Young.
Everything about him is such perfection. ●
— Dave Haywood on Vince Gill.
Music saved me big time when I was down and out. It was the only thing that kept me going. So anytime I make music and someone is into it, ever since the very beginning, it’s like, ‘OK, my best reward is that other people would get some sort of joy or feel something from it.’ ●
— Ashley Monroe.
If I wanted to work with a certain writer, like Robert Hunter, I just asked. A guitar player like James Burton, I just approached him. That’s what I recommend to anybody out there that’s got some idea they like to pursue. It can’t hurt. I didn’t always get my wish or whatever, but if you don’t ask, it won’t happen. ●
— Jim Lauderdale on the magic of putting yourself out there.