Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds. They can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words.
Plus, you know, when I was young, there was a lot of respect for clowning in rock music - look at Little Richard. It was a part of the whole thing, and I always also believed that it released the audience.
When you make more than 500 a night, you get more than 500 problems.
See, I was nine years old when I saw Elvis on 'Ed Sullivan', and I had to get a guitar the next day. I stood in front of my mirror with that guitar on. . . and I knew then that's what had been missing.
Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse
I thought I knew exactly how it would sound, but it surprised me, ... It was a nice moment driving back from the city, and it caught me by surprise again. There's no other record (of mine) quite like it ... I never made another one.
I do a lot of curiosity buying; I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination. I still like to go to record stores, I like to just wander around and I'll buy whatever catches my attention.
I always wanted my music to influence the life you were living emotionally - with your family, your lover, your wife, and, at a certain point, with your children.
There's a lot of music we have that cuts right to the heart of what's going on there.
Yeah, I had gay friends. The first thing I realized was that everybody's different, and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous.
I saw sights I never thought I'd see in an American city. The criminal ineptitude makes you furious.
the car represents a set of values, a certain way of looking at the world, and it's something that ha changed as his music has matured, too. He's no ordinary songwriter, that's for sure.
I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along.
Music was my way of keeping people from looking through and around me. I wanted the heavies to know I was around.
The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves, ... For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American. The pressure coming from the government and big business to enforce conformity of thought concerning the war and politics goes against everything that this country is about -- namely freedom.
The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright.
Our American government has strayed too far from American values. It is time to move forward. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.
Everyone remembers the experience quite truly, ... And everyone was centered around this thing, that we suffered. No one forgot that. Everyone had that in common.
You've always got to remember, rock and roll's never been about giving up. For me, for a lot of kids, it was a totally positive force. . . not optimistic all the time, but positive. It was never--never--about surrender.
I'm a synthesist. I'm always making music. And I make a lot of different kinds of music all the time. Some of it gets finished and some of it doesn't.
The only thing I can say about having this type of success is that you can get yourself in trouble because basically the world is set open for you. People will say yes to anything you ask, so it's basically down to you and what you want or need.
The audiences are there as a result of my history with the band but also as a result of my being able to reach people with a tune.
When it comes to luck, you make your own.
I have no rules left. I don't have to get on the radio. It's wide open for me. The singer-songwriters I admire - Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie - move forward all the time.
Your spoken voice is a part of it - not a big part of it, but it's something. It puts people at ease, and once again kind of reaches out and makes a bridge for what's otherwise difficult music.
Yeah, my son likes a lot of guitar bands. He gave me something the other day which was really good. He'll burn a CD for me full of things that he has, so he's a pretty good call if I want to check some of that stuff out... The other two aren't quite into that yet.
Tina Turner - Natalie Imbruglia - Missy Elliot - LaToya Jackson - Jewel - Carrie Underwood - Carlos Santana - Bo Bice - Ashlee Simpson - Amy Grant