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Hopefully we’ll be able to break an artist through this show. That’s the goal. I call it ‘The Ricky Martin Moment’ because I remember exactly where I was at the Grammys the year he performed ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca,’ and that moment totally changed his career. At that moment it was the watercooler conversation that everybody was having. ●
- – Fletcher Foster, coproducer of the American Country Awards, is looking for the next Ricky Martin. Here’s hoping he doesn’t make Easton Corbin do “Shake Your Bon-Bon.”
Well, if I could be there to support Eddie through this, I would. I’ve met him twice at concerts…he is an awesome performer. I think I would drink his bathwater!! ●
- – Fan comments on Eddie Montgomery’s divorce.
Us magazine claims to have a story with details on how Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about spending Thanksgiving with Taylor Swift. And here’s everything Gyllenhaal had to say: “Great.” That’s how she said the day went. So what you kind of have to do, to read between the lines, is look at the story the picture is telling you. It’s one of Swift, Gyllenhaal and her adorable daughter Ramona, 4, strolling down a sidewalk that looks like it could be somewhere in Brooklyn. […] Swift looks like she could slip into that Aunt Taylor role really easily. ●
- – Alison Bonaguro does her best to make a non-story about a non-story.
Loretta Lynn told me to my face, ‘You’re countrier than I am,’ and I thought, ‘This is coming from a woman who rhymes ‘hard’ with ‘tired.’ ●
- – Miranda Lambert. (Thanks to Jeremy Dylan for sending this one in.)
I try my hardest to keep my ticket prices low, THIS I HAVE CONTROL OF.!! I can not control nor do i understand how the f*ck the scalpers and all the secondary websites and bullshit get them. IF I COULD CONFRONT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM FACE TO FACE I WOULD AND IT WOULD NOT WORK OUT TO WELL FOR THEM I GAURANTEE ALL OF YOU. I hate them, i feel like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while im chained to a chair. ●
- – Kid Rock is no fan of ticket scalpers, or of being chained to chairs while family members get beaten up.
It’s such a prestigious awards show. It’s mattered so much in just all music, especially for country right now, because I think we’re finally out there. We’re finally where people are paying attention to country music, and we’re part of the world of music now. We’re not out by ourselves anymore. ●
- – Miranda Lambert on country’s Grammy nominations and rising profile.
It’s one of those unavoidable things, especially when you’re dealing with legacies as powerful as Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt. And then there are certain behavioral expectations, which I unfortunately tend to keep meeting on a regular basis. ●
- – Justin Townes Earle on comparisons to his forebearers.
He rolls 24 hours a day. I couldn’t take it — staying out all night, smoking dope. And I was the youngest person on the bus. ●
- – Kinky Friedman on recent travels with Willie Nelson.
Part of me loves it. Part of me is like, ugh. I don’t want the town to get any bigger ’cause I like the airport where you can just park your car outside and run inside and grab something, but it’s just … the town’s getting so big. The award shows are getting so big. I don’t know, just kinda got to embrace it and enjoy it. I still like the smallness of the town. Hopefully, it doesn’t get too big. ●
- – Dierks Bentley on growth in Nashville.
They have been really nice about taking me under their wings and showing me a lot of the ropes about the business. I’ve also learned a lot from watching their songs. ●
- – Josh Kelley on touring with Eric Church and Miranda Lambert and watching(?!) songs.
It’s so frustrating. I think that culturally we, and not just in country music, but culturally in general we try to dumb it down so much, from television to movies to just about anything. You can certainly see it in country music. To me, you listen to Ray Price “For the Good Times,” and you go back even further to Jimmy Rodgers. Go to Hank Williams. That was country, but that wasn’t dumb, you know? Even songs like “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It,” that’s hillbilly poetry and it’s done cleverly and it’s about as country as you can get but it’s not dumb, you know? ●
- – Raul Malo.
I’m really impressed with Taylor Swift, right along with billions of others, and I love Lady Antebellum. I love traditional country music but I like the more rock stuff as well. Music can be here or there style-wise, but it’s what is at the heart of the poetry of the song that truly impresses me. ●
- – Count Clint Black among the fans of Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum.
Two neighbors got into a fight Thursday night over the sexual orientation of a country singer. Joe Capes and Ronald Richards were hanging out in Richards’ trailer when they began arguing about the sexual orientation of country music singer Conway Twitty. … [The] two got into a shoving match, eventually ending when Capes punched Richards in the face, breaking his glasses, and causing his eye to bleed. ●
- – You just can’t make this stuff up.
The only thing I could tell a man that asked me that is that we weren’t thinking about 60 years ahead. We were only tryin’ to make a living. ●
- – Charlie Louvin on the legacy of the Louvin Brothers.
I hope her 15 minutes of fame lasts for 40 years, and it very well might. ●
- – Dolly Parton on Taylor Swift.
BONUS: What’s not to love about Joe Nichols singing a Roger Miller song?