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That’s something that conveniently was becoming popular when I came along – this little “bro-country” sub-genre and I don’t really know the criteria for what decides whether or not you’re in that little thing or not. I don’t know if the phrase originally was meant to be derogatory but it’s turned into that. It’s sort of a snobby thing to say. You know, I think some people enjoy being above whatever “bro-country” is. ●
— Sam Hunt.
The truth is, God Made Girls is a sexist song, even though it’s performed and penned by a woman. But unfortunately, it’s not just sexist towards women. Underlying most of the song’s insipid lines there exists a pretty unsavory assumption about men, too. According to RaeLynn, girls were made to “be the one to cry”, suggesting that men either can’t or shouldn’t express any emotion. She later says that girls were made to “let him drive”, implying that men would never willingly hand control over to their significant others. In the logic of God Made Girls, men also can’t get dressed, wash their car, learn to dance, or appreciate beauty if left to their own devices. ●
— Writing for The Guardian, Grady Smith says “God Made Girls is no retort to bro-country trend.” Though I do struggle to see how it would be ‘fortunate’ if the song were only sexist towards women.
They did what they said they were gonna do, and it was a good experience for me. But there was also a ton of people trying to make one decision, as opposed to a few people trying to make one decision, which can tend to water the product down. That’s fine. I mean, I had a Top 10 single, and I’m proud of that. I loved every moment of it. But then there’s also the artist part of me that goes, ‘Man, now it’s just me and [producer] Luke [Wooten] and a couple people at Thirty Tigers talking about should we do this or that?’ … When there was 20 people making one decision, it was a lot harder. ●
— Sunny Sweeney, who crowdfunded her latest album, on her stint with Republic Nashville.
My label’s not gonna be one of those “gotcha” labels, where as soon as you come in the door, we’re gonna ask you for a percentage of every single way you make music or money. I don’t want any long-term relationships with somebody that wants to get free and go loose, go do their own thing. That’s not what I’m looking for. I’m looking to help people if I can, and get [them] started on their own terms — not make a quick buck off of ’em. And I’m certainly not opening up my door to where I’m gonna be losing money either. Mama didn’t raise no fool. ●
— Jamey Johnson on launching his own Big Gassed Records.
I actually do not have a label right now, and I’m pretty happy about it. With the last seven years of touring, I’ve earned all my fans on my own — no radio, no anything. I’m happy to put this next studio record out on my own to the fans that I have now. I’m not into doing it for money or doing it for any other reasons. I just want to do what I do, and if someone wants to be a part and help me get to the next level and keep my integrity, then I’m in. But if not, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. ●
— Whitey Morgan, whose Born, Raised & Live From Flint arrives this week. The live album looks to be his last release on Bloodshot Records.
I think in a perfect world, I would leave any kind of identifier about when the song was written behind. Hopefully there’s something timeless or universal you can address in all of them. I think most songs, no matter who wrote them, are really about the same human longings, trials and tribulations. Those songs kind of get rewritten by each generation of people who come along—they need to be refreshed that way or they would die. You do your part while you’re around, and then other people take it up. ●
— Tim O’Brien on carrying the tradition forward.
That’s not for me to talk about. I don’t even think about that kinda stuff, to be honest. ●
— Kip Moore on whether country music is ready for an openly gay superstar.
I try not to weigh in on that kinda stuff. ●
— Scotty McCreery on same, his answer sounding a lot like “God, I hope not.”
I think it’d be good if people just loved people regardless of what your preferences. The biggest thing is don’t judge people and love them for who they are and it’s not our job to judge them. I’d hope that someone who’s talented enough and had a good heart and had something to say and good music that people wouldn’t judge them for something like that. ●
— Finally, Eric Paslay with the correct, decent response.
He killed with melodies at a time when there was this Appalachian, three-chords-and-the-truth sort of thing that people talk about. Hank threw some melodies in there that went with those great lyrics, and it changed music. It changed music across the board. From ‘Jambalaya’ to ‘Hey, Good Lookin’’ to ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ to ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart,’ I mean, he was 29 years old when he passed away. I think about the songs I was writing when I was 29, and he was done at that point. Good grief, just an amazing talent. ●
— Kix Brooks on Hank Williams.
Garth Brooks: Don’t Pass the Yams, Trisha! ●
— Thanks to Taste of Country for the stunning revelation that Garth Brooks doesn’t like yams.
Q: What kind of resistance did you encounter from the Nashville country music community because of your Memphis and R&B background?
A: [RCA executive] Jerry Bradley told Jack Johnson, “I know all about Ronnie Milsap. We take everybody down to Memphis to see him. He’s a great rock & roll singer, he’s a great R&B singer, but he’s not a country singer.” Jack played him that tape and Bradley said, “You know what? That son of a bitch is a country singer!” [Laughs] ●
— Ronnie Milsap to Rolling Stone Country.
I try my best to stay out of all that. ●
— Brantley Gilbert, asked why his latest album was taken off of Spotify. At least Taylor Swift had some actual reasoning behind why she made the move.
YouTube might be “the devil” to Garth Brooks, but in another’s eyes, it’s a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely to buy music after being exposed to it on YouTube, Spotify and other streaming services than listeners who hear a song for the first time on AM/FM radio. ●
— On the other hand, Swift’s reasoning might be flawed.
Gosh dang man, I hear about it all the time, you know: ‘It’s the same subject matter over and over again,’ and, ‘All y’all sing about is pretty girls.’ I like pretty girls, and I like drinking, and I like singing about it, so get over it. That’s my take on it. ●
— Blake Shelton on the repetitiveness of modern country.