The dealer took 2,000 off the asking price, as long as I agreed to make an appearance at his dealership some time in the future. It's taken long enough, but I've finally got back to town to settle up.
One day I'm gonna run across your mind, but don't worry I'll be fine, I'll be alright while you're sleeping with your pride, wishin' I could hold you tight, but I'll be gone and on with my life.
I think it just means that country is a global phenomenon.
I think it took me a while to convince Nashville that what I do is genuine and my heart's in the right place, and I love country music.
There are certain things you want to go do together, and you want your mate to be there. But mostly you just try and, you know, pick places where you shouldn't be going because it's going to be too crazy.
You're always in a different headspace when you make each record, so hopefully they're all different. You just pick up things that you wish you hadn't done on the first one.
It's not the case of turning in a bunch of songs and recording the next month. I think you're looking for songs all year long and you're writing all year long.
They're mostly done before we went into the studio, although I do like writing in the studio.
I remember one night crawling around on my hands and knees, looking for these little rocks at 5 in the morning. It was the worst.
You look at me and give me that 'come here baby' smile. And I know we can make it through anything.
I think we just got upstaged. Everything pales in comparison.
My father's record collection was all country. That's how I was exposed to it.
The dealer took 2 000 (R12 000) off the asking price, as long as I agreed to make an appearance at his dealership some time in the future.
My dad was a drummer on the weekends when he was young. Being a kid in the '50s, he got bitten by the rock 'n' roll bug like everyone else. He had a fascination with American culture and the American dream. He fell in love with the idealism.
I feel like I'm 15 and in my first garage band again, ... I don't know where that's coming from, but I love it. I find an even deeper exuberance in playing music and putting on a show. I'm just giddy about putting all this together and giving something to people that they haven't seen before.
I think the industry is oblivious to the fact that most people listen to all kinds of stuff. I personally don't know of anyone who listens to only one genre of music. It's vanity because no one does.
It's something I've always loved doing. I'm not one of the artists who comes in and just does my bit. I'm there every second of every day. That's my hands-on situation.
This is good for all of us, ... This is good for a lot of New Yorkers that are starved for their country music.
I'm a little more comfortable in that role. I love being in the studio.
He has a master understanding of holding a crowd and taking them places high, low and everywhere in between, ... He knows how long he can hold them before they go over the edge, and then he brings them back. It was just astounding. It's amazing to think somebody could be that compelling and captivating for that long.
Once we get into the groove, we're kind of like long-distance runners - that adrenalin kicks in for me and I just keep running - and I don't stop!
I've always been a pretty private, quiet kind of person and so I haven't had to change my life really at all, I don't think.
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I wrote it and God said 'Well, I'm gonna' hang on to them and when you're going through this I'll give it back to you.' And that's exactly what happened.
For a long, long time I felt music was a trick for me. Because I had been playing guitar at such an early age, it felt like a magic trick -- I didn't really have a deep-seated appreciation for it. And I went through a period where I think I came very close to God taking it away from me. Fortunately, I got through it and suddenly went 'Oh my God, this is an amazing thing.' Music is a phenomenal thing and I saw it as a blessing and not as a trick anymore, and as soon as I recognized it for that, everything started coming together.
I'm grateful when anybody can start to have his or her limited perception of the genre open up a little bit, ... There's a lot of great music in the country genre that doesn't get heard because people say, 'Well, I don't like country.'
I'm lettin' go of all my lonely yesterdays, I've forgiven myself for the mistakes I've made.
We go to Australia with LeAnn Rimes for a couple of weeks in October. We have a lot of shows between now and the end of the year.
It can get a little costly if you try and leave it until then to write songs. But you're writing all the time. You're collecting songs. I've had songs that have been collected over a two-year period for my next record.
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