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Audio Bites: Week of July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013

Taylor Swift – Red :35

“’Red’ is a song that I wrote halfway through making this album and it changed what this album became. Because this song is about correlating different emotions to different colors. And it hit me all of a sudden that most of the emotions I felt in this process of making this album were red emotions. All the intense ones. The happy and the angry end of the spectrum and it really changed my outlook on where this record was going because to me this song is very different, very descriptive and it has an edge to it that, to me, kinda expanded what I wanted to do.”

Tim McGraw – not necessarily country album :33

“I don’t know if I ever dream about doing – I love ‘70s rock. I mean, I love ‘70’s rock. I grew up listening to it. But on the other hand, I love Merle Haggard. I love George Strait. I’m sure one of these days, that there’s something that I would probably do. If I could do my favorite songs of all times in every genre, yeah I would love to do that. But I don’t think it’s the time to do that yet. I mean, I can see doing that one of these days. I think more than anything that I would love just to go in and camp out at a club somewhere and make a live record. I think that’s something that I would like to do.”

Laura Bell Bundy – idea behind Two Step :34

“The idea of Two Step is that, typically, in the traditional Two Step, you have to wait for a guy to ask you to dance. It’s a partnering dance. But with this Two Step, you don’t need a guy to do it. So I think the idea behind Two Step was that—let’s do a spin on what a Two Step is. Yes it’s a country line-dancing song; yes you can still do a traditional Two-Step to the song but you can also do a Two Step on your own without a guy---or without a girl. You know, if you’re a guy, you don’t have to ask a girl. But typically, it’s the girls out there shaking their booty’s alone. (laughter).”

Danielle Bradbery – Blake as a coach :29

“Blake as a coach, and as a friend, too, he’s caring, he really has your back no matter what and he really makes sure you’re okay with everything and he treats everybody the same. And he just loves everybody, and of course me being 16 and he’s a grown man, so I have that fatherly perspective. So I can talk to him about anything and he’s so awesome, he’s so down to earth.”*

Brantley Gilbert – current relationship reflected in new album :32

“As far as my current relationship, this album is four years old and a lot happened in those four years. I’ve only been engaged since January. I met her in June; June 6. She’s definitely changed my life. She’s priority one now. She’s definitely got a song on there. The album after this one will probably, definitely be geared more towards her. She’s definitely got a song on there; one of the first ones I wrote about her. You all will get to check that one out.”

Justin Moore – kind of boss :29

“I think we have fifteen, seventeen people, something like that, that travel with us, my crew and band, every week of the year and have for a couple of years now. I’m not a micro manager at all. I hire guys to work front of house, production stuff because they know what they’re doing and I don’t. I hire guys backstage to do that stuff because I don’t know what I’m doing. There’s about once a year where I really have to be a boss.”

Thomas Rhett – what was it about Lauren :31

“Obviously, I’ve known Lauren since first grade. We actually dated when we were in high school, I think we were fifteen years old, and dated for about six months. It was a pretty funny high school relationship. But ever since I was fifteen, I’ve always had this inkling that I was gonna marry this girl. Even though we both dated other people for a long time, I, for some reason, I felt that like we were gonna come back around and try this thing one more time. And we did. And then we got engaged six months later. So she’s just the sweetest, kindest, funniest, most caring, kind-hearted person that I’ve ever met and it just really drew me to her.”

The Band Perry – fan response to DONE :26

Neil – “It’s our show opener, which is really exciting for the three of us. We’ve always wanted to have a song that we can come out to with both guns blazing. We’ve got fog jet that shoots up in the air. It’s a really energetic song to come out.”

Kimberly – “We’ve had the best fan feedback about the song DONE, so we kinda say it’s DONE breaking up relationships everywhere. I mean, just to hear the stories from guys and girls who’ve been inspired by this song to get out of a really bad situation, we are happy to wave the banner and glad to help ya.”

The Band Perry – grunt on DONE :12

Everybody – (makes the grunt sound from DONE)

Kimberly – “One hit wonder. I mean, a very inspired grunt.”

Reid – “And you know what’s funny is we spent days and hours and weeks trying to perfect a track or a song and that’s the one thing out of the entire ‘DONE’ track that they talk about is the grunt.

Eli Young Band – Kenny tour learning experience :23

James Young – “This tour is like no other and the fact that we’ve done a lot of pre-production on lighting and staging and really learning how to work the stage and how to relate to audiences that big night after night. We’re not too familiar with the big stadiums and you want to try to relate to the people in the front and to the people all the way up on the top so it’s still a learning experience.”

Florida Georgia Line – wide range of fans :28

Brian Kelly – “Yeah, we’ve been writing as much as we can. Probably since January, we’ve gotten a bus so we’ve had some writers out. When it works out, our days are pretty jam packed, but writing something is very important to us. That’s how Tyler and I got together and got started. We probably got twelve to fourteen songs that if we had to cut tomorrow, we could put out a pretty amazing record. We really believe that. Probably won’t start cutting ‘til the Fall but we got a good, good, good, good start and we’re very excited about it.”

Cassadee Pope – genuine country community :21

“I’ve always been a fan of country music. I’ve always felt a certain genuine thing towards it. Everyone I’ve met so far has been one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. And everybody just accepts me with open arms, which means a lot. It just feels like a real environment where people are just real, genuine, awesome people. So it’s been fun.”

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