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Audio Bites: Week of July 28, 2013

July 28, 2013

Taylor Swift – presenting refined image :49

“I think for me it’s always been a really high priority. Having started this whole process when I was sixteen; putting out my first album, I got a lot of questions early on of, “Are you gonna grow up too fast? Are you gonna be a train wreck? What’s gonna happen?” and what I kinda gathered from all that is that it’s really important to grow up as you are the age that you are. Just for me personally that’s a priority. So I feel like when I was eighteen, I was eighteen. And when I was twenty, I was twenty. And now I’m twenty three and I’m just trying to kinda live my best version of being twenty three and to me that is expanding your horizons, challenging yourself musically, thinking outside the box for performances in ways you haven’t before. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Plays lots of shows. Try your best to be better than you’ve been before. So, wish me luck.”

Tim McGraw – what made songs stand out :36

“It’s more about how it feels to me when I’m doing it, so it’s gotta come—the ones that you really can tell are really working that you like a lot are the ones that come out really easily because you’re not paying attention to it. You’re not working at it. When you sing something and a pass goes the ones that feel good, feel good from the beginning. Rarely does one feel great. I mean, they all feel great. But rarely does one that goes down so smoothly and so easily and you sing it so naturally, doesn’t make the record. That rarely happens. You wanna keep singing it, keep singing it, keep singing it until the band’s like, ‘We got it. We don’t need to do this one anymore.’”

Laura Bell Bundy – not giving up singing career 1:05

“I kinda went through a semi-depression. Honestly. Like, I lost myself. And actually getting dropped ended up being a relief to me and it was very freeing to me ‘cause I could go, “Okay. I’m not attached. There’s nobody telling me what I should be doing. What do I really want to do? Do I wanna just focus on acting?” But, I think really what it was is that I tried to focus on my acting. I really did. I was like, “You know what? I’m gonna go and I’m really gonna focus on it. Maybe I’ll do a TV show or maybe do—“ I didn’t want to. All I did was go back into the studio. I wanted to combine beats and banjos and make this organic, cool, country dance music. That’s all I wanted to do. I became totally obsessed because I also felt free, finally, to just create. And I realized this is what I want to do. And I realized in that moment the light went off like, “You know what? I would rather fail being me having fun doing this than have some mediocre success playing pretend.”

Danielle Bradberry – school and career plans :35

“I started off high school in my huge, regular high school with everybody else but as this whole “Voice” thing started, I got an online schooling and it’s for students who travel, so that was a big help for that. But now that this is continuing, it’s kind of up in the air right now. But we’re definitely trying to figure out if I should go back to school or keep online schooling. It depends on my schedule. We’re thinking if I went back to my regular school, it’d be kinda crazy. We’re still trying to figure that out.”

Brantley Gilbert – acting :35

“As far as acting goes, my fiance’s an actress. We got ready to shoot the scene on “Nashville” and of course she had some pointers on that one, but I was playing myself so that’s something I’m pretty good at. I’m not too good at being fake or being somebody else. But if I read a script in the future that I feel like I could have a little fun with or that reflects me well, it may be one of those things that I try out. But of course music’s my number one priority. That’s always gonna come first. If we got time for the acting thing, maybe we’ll give it a little shot, a little try.”

Justin Moore – Ella smart 1:11

“Ella is—she is—I mean, I think everybody thinks that their kids are smart or advanced for their age, but she is. She’s a smart kid. She’s a little too smart at times. You have to really watch what you say. The latest story is she goes to gymnastics once a week and sometimes I take her and sometimes her mom takes her, but it’s pretty funny. She’s got a little boyfriend in there and she just took him down one day and was kissing all over him in a tunnel or whatever and it happened to be a day I wasn’t there. My wife called me and told me about it. So I had a little talk with her about that. I told her she wouldn’t be going back to gymnastics if that continued. She’s abided by it so far. The little boy actually told his mom ‘cause I took Ella after that and Ella wasn’t as affectionate to him. The little boy, who’s three, told his mom that, “I hope her dad don’t bring her back again. I want her mom to bring her. Her dad scares me.” So, I’m glad that I’ve got that effect on my daughter and a boy at three years old. If I can keep that going for the next twenty years, I’ll be doing alright.”

Thomas Rhett – what kind of cook :20

“I’m actually not a bad cook. I’m more of a breakfast cooker than I am any other kind of cooker. I’m a great omelet maker. I cook really good omelets. I’m good at French Toast. I don’t know. I love cooking turkey burgers; is that weird? I’ll marinate them in Worsteshire Sauce and just soak them and fry ‘em and they’re so good. I know that sounds really boring but I can only cook a certain amount of things.”

The Band Perry – always gonna be a family band :46

Reid – “I think doing it 13 years it kinda got pretty good at knowing how everyone works and we tried a little while not as a family band. Neil and I had our own band and Kimberly had hers but that didn’t really quite work out for us. I feel like as a family, we’re able to have the hard conversations but still get along at the end of things.”

Kimberly – “Because in the early days we were in two separate bands because of the height difference. I’m five years older than Reid and he’s two years older than Neil. So both of the boys are this tall and I’m this tall. And we always knew that the family band was in the cards in the eventual plan but we had to wait for all the height logistics to even out.”

Neil – “I think being a family band makes it a lot more enjoyable. Like Reid said, we don’t have to sugar coat what we say, which …

Kimberly – “Well they can’t get rid of you in a family band.”

Neil – “It doesn’t matter what any of us do, we’re all with each other.”

Eli Young Band – partnership with Dickies :22

Jon Jones – “Dickies is a brand that we as a band can really get behind. They’re a great American brand and they’re also a Texas-based company. They’re right down the street from where we started so we’ve got a lot in common. It’s hard-working clothes. There’s stuff we can wear on stage, off stage. They fit well. They’ve got good casual lines and good work clothes. It’s just a—it’s a no-brainer for us. They’re hard-working clothes and I think we’ve always been a hard-working band.”

Florida Georgia Line – other rap artists collaborate :20

Tyler - “Yeah, I mean, we’ve got a list of people that would be amazing to work with. We’ve always talked about working with Lil Wayne or Wiz Khalifa for sure. There’s probably a long list. We’re all about stepping out of the box and doing different things and collaborating and getting into other people’s world and let them into our world. There’s something cool about that so, who knows. We’re kinda up for anything.”

Cassadee Pope – Wasted Tears empowering :34

“It is an empowering song. It’s not a horrible thing to admit you’re heartbroken. I think a lot of people think they have to put on a front and say that they’re okay when really they just need to let it out. So the song is about being heartbroken, getting through all the phases of heartbreak and then coming out the other side a bigger, better person. And you just feel better when you let it all out and hopefully this song is something that people can listen to when they’re going through that and let it be their song that they just break down to and sit in their room and cry. (Laughter)”

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