allaboutgeorge + country   16

Life, Death, and John Prine | Pitchfork
“I guess I just process death differently than some folks,” he admits. “Realizing you’re not going to see that person again is always the most difficult part about it. But that feeling settles, and then you are glad you had that person in your life, and then the happiness and the sadness get all swirled up inside you. And then you’re this great, awful candy bar, walking around in a pair of shoes.”
death  songwriting  emotions  happiness  country  folk  music 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Adele: 'I want to discover my own sound' - Telegraph
“Country was never part of my life growing up but I really liked the storytelling. Contemporary records can take three minutes to get to the point, and sometimes you don’t know what the song was about even when its finished. Whereas in the first 20 seconds of a country song you know exactly what’s going on.

“I found it easy to imagine myself in those situations and kind of pick an old memory of mine and think about it as I listened. I like the feel, it’s quite euphoric and triumphant-sounding but also really dangerous and bitter. It’s more emotional than pop music, as emotional as the soul singers I enjoyed from when I was little. I really like Wanda Jackson, who’s more rockabilly, but she’s got this bit of grit in her voice, she’s like a bitch! I love it!”
country  songwriting  music  usa  writing  creativity  travel 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies at 83 -
“When it comes time for the harmonies to come in, I will move to my left because my brother and I always used ... one microphone,” he said of performing solo. “Even today, I will move over to the left to give the harmony room, knowing in my mind that there’s no harmony standing on my right.”
family  music  country  obituaries  death 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A New Country Masterpiece | Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song | By Barry Mazor -
"The traditional country music—or as it's commonly called in my house, 'music'—that's where you learned things," he said. "In the little town I grew up in, that music came in, and it fed the soul and challenged the spirit. It got you thinking about everything, every aspect of life, as songs should—not just the funny times, not just the good ones, but the serious ones, too. There was a language that country-music writers, singers and listeners in general understood. That language is not being passed down these days; not a lot of people can really speak it. But you can still learn it if you try, and that's the fine art of country music."
country  music  songwriting  livemusic  aesthetics  language 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
About the Artist: Tara Jane O'Neil - eMusic Spotlight
I also have a lot of Garage Band files of me playing spontaneous country songs, which I really like. I have this country music character who hasn't really done much in the world, but she exists — her name is Rhonda Paycheck. Rhonda Paycheck will one day get her chance. She's kind of a Linda Ronstadt, '70s country-rock singer, but she also does little acoustic guitar songs as a secret fetish thing that nobody knows about. And then she'll die one day, a horrible death, as all Nashville stars do, and then they'll release these, and all the hipsters will love them.
songwriting  apple  music  country 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jamey Johnson: Bringing grit back to country music | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
"Musical Prozac is not going to carry that listener for too long," he said. "I think with the economy getting to be the way that it is . . . that people in general, no matter what type of music they listen to, people are going to be looking for truth in their music . . .

"When stuff don't make sense and you're looking for an answer, you want to know there's somebody out there who feels the same way," he added. "So I think we're heading into a time when it's going to take more than just the feel-good song they play on the drive home to help people understand what's going on around them."
country  music  songwriting  art 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Stuck in A Groove -
"In the world of political stagecraft, where songs are used as stimulants and signifiers, lyrics often don't matter, particularly if they fall outside of the chorus. (Very notable exception: Barack Obama's surprising use of Brooks and Dunn's country-rocker "Only in America" following last night's speech. "One kid dreams of fame and fortune/One kid helps pay the rent/One could end up going to prison/One just might be president.")"
music  elections  campaigns  obama  president  country  songwriting 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Kris Kristofferson talks booze, hellraising and landing a chopper on Johnny Cash's lawn | Pop | Music
"I've come to appreciate how special a song is compared to other art forms, because you can carry it around in your head and your heart and it remains part of you. It just comes as natural as a bird to me, always did."
songwriting  music  rock  1960s  1970s  country  creativity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Garth Brooks is almost the retiring sort - Los Angeles Times
"If I was just starting out ... I wouldn't do a record anymore. Every four months I'd release a single with a bonus track on iTunes. That way what radio gets is brand new every time. And then at the end of four or five singles, I'd release a record ..."
music  business  corporations  marketing  country  radio  apple 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Country Roads - Stanley Fish - Think Again - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"But if you enter, if only vicariously, into the country music culture, you have to swallow along with your enjoyment some stances and attitudes that might give you pause (or might not, depending on who you are)."
country  music  songwriting  usa  aesthetics  identity  culturalstudies  white 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
AP Wire | 03/02/2007 | Country music back on L.A. and S.F. radio
"But while country radio does well in large cities of the South and Midwest and even areas of the Northeast, it has struggled in some of the largest urban centers - no big surprise [...]"
identity  music  country  rural  white  losangeles  sanfrancisco  california  radio 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The New Sound of Mexico, Sung in a Nashville Accent
“Everyone wants to be weird and really alternative and all that. I just decided to make something more normal, more traditional, more honest. It was time for me to come up with something that I knew was truly my own.”
music  songwriting  latino  mexico  latinos  country  pop  beatles  beachboys  rock 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Yahoo! News: 'Columbine' game was gunman's favorite
"He wrote that he hates jocks, preppies, country music and hip-hop."
columbine  hiphop  country  music  death  canada 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: After a Long Wait, Harvest of Success
"Sometimes it comes right out of your chest and reminds you that you're in there — you're not empty."
austin  country  griffin  music  patty  songwriting 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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