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Audio Bites: Week of September 15, 2013

September 15, 2013

Taylor Swift – wrote novel at 13 1:02

“I have a lot of different epiphanies. I’m always having different ideas as to like, “Ooh. You know, this would be a good idea.” One summer I was at the shore. We used to spend our summers in Stone Harbor, New Jersey and all my friends were back in Pennsylvania and so I had nothing to do. So I had this epiphany; I’m going to be a novelist and I’m gonna write novels and that’s gonna be my career path. So I would write different chapters of this book and send them back to my friends and I’d write them into the book under different names but totally describe their personalities. It was a really fun way to spend the summer. My parents were so frustrated because I would never go outside. I would just be locked in this little study with my computer. But I’ve always been a writer first. It’s my favorite thing is how you can convey a thought or a story or completely describe a character or a situation through words and the whole process of editing and re-editing and rethinking and imagining. I think that that’s what I loved about writing the novel and that’s what I love about poetry and that’s what I love about songwriting.”

Tim McGraw – don’t text and drive :45

“I’m not a big soap box guy so I’m not gonna stand on a soap box and tell everybody how they should live their lives and the things that they should do, and what you should and shouldn’t do. Having said that, having a 16-year old and a 15-year old daughter who are starting to drive, and my 16-year old has her license now, it’s a different world than when I was a kid. I mean, the idea of having a phone anywhere outside of your house—I remember not having a phone, period. So having a phone outside of your house and texting and talking on the phone and driving it’s not engrained as it is now, because we’ve lived with it for a while but that’s all they know. So it just felt like it was the right opportunity and I was in a position to feel like that. It really meant something for me to say it because I do have teenage daughters, so it wouldn’t be like just throwing a message out there for the hell of throwing a message out there.”

Laura Bell Bundy – interest in fashion and style :33

“Yeah, I mean, I’m a girl. I think most girls are interested in fashion and style. I always really love like vintage stuff. Like taking a vintage piece and then a brand new type of jacket—you know, I like to mix. Yeah, I actually think when it comes to fashion, I’m a bigger proponent of women wearing things that look good on their bodies than wearing things that are in Vogue. I just think that when a woman feels good about what they’re wearing, and wears a smile on their face, they look the best.”

Danielle Bradbery – want to do high school stuff :29

“I have this huge, amazing opportunity in front of me that I’m holding, but then again, I’m sixteen and I still want to live that prom or homecoming and hanging out with my friends’ life but now it’s getting to the point where it’s hard. It’s really hard. But I do sometimes have that separation between, ‘Wait. I love what I’m doing but I wanna go to prom.’ So I mean, yeah it’s difficult.”

Justin Moore – new album most representative 1:04

“I think, at the time, right now, yeah. You know, if I’m being perfectly honest, if I went and cut an album that I wanted to cut and I didn’t have to worry about the outside influences and I was just cutting an album of what I loved, I’d go cut an album that sounded like it was made in the ‘90s in country music. ‘Cause that’s my favorite thing to listen to and that’s my favorite thing to do. But, that ain’t what’s being played on the radio right now. At the end of the day, my job is to give an album to my record label that they feel like they can continue to help me grow my artistry and grow my career. So, in some regards, yeah. This is as much as I can bend each way, and it represents where I’m at as an artist right now. In some ways, no. I’d go cut stuff that had steel guitar going all the way through it. A very simple production and all that stuff. But you gotta change and grow and evolve as the music does.”

Justin Moore – musical growth on new album :46

“When I put my first album out four years ago, the songs that were on the radio then ain’t what’s on the radio now. That ain’t my decision. I can like it or not like it. I live in that world. Because of that, we took a few chances on this record. My goal with the record, and I feel like we accomplished it, was to stay true to who I am as an artist and what got me to this point in my career. In particular, for the fans that’ve been there from the get go. But also stretch myself and grow again in order to grow our fan base. I really feel like we did that. I think the nucleus of the album, people are accustomed to hearing that type of thing from me but I think there’s some songs on there that can help us achieve our next goals.”

Thomas Rhett – being done with the album :41

“I think as an artist, when you make a record, I’m not sure that you can ever find one artist who is fully satisfied with what they’ve done. Especially being an artist/songwriter like myself. I write so many songs that even if I was done with a record, I would have to have people talk me out of going back in and cutting ten more songs. Records these days, most of them have 11-15 songs. If I could pick, I would put thirty on my record. So, definitely, there’s been a bunch of points with me and my record label president and have decided to go back in and cut more songs. But there’s gotta come a point where you gotta be satisfied with it and you gotta know that you did the best job that you could and hope that everybody loves it. So we’ve definitely gone back a couple of times on this record and said, ‘You know, this one might need to be next and this one might need to be added.’”

The Band Perry – Reid surprising to know :41

Reid- “I’m probably the loudest mouth and the most stubborn, hard-headed one of The Band Perry.”

Kimberly –“I’m glad you finally admitted it.”

Reid – “I’m proud of it. I mean, I’m just gonna live up to it. Middle children rule.”

Kimberly – “Yeah, but that’s more true behind the scenes. I will say, though, he has some silent stares that when Neil and I are running our mouths sometimes on stage or in interviews, he’s kinda communicating without opening his mouth. But yeah, you’re all invited on the tour bus to see this guy and his ‘powers of pursuasion’.”

Reid – “I do, yes. I have this.. I have a great talent. It’s called ‘working on the wear down’. I normally get my way a lot of the times, right? Not my way; the right way.”

Kimberly – “Only because you’re exhausting.”

Eli Young Band – getting to hang with Kenny :23

Mike Eli – “It was pretty surreal when we actually got to hang out with Kenny for the first time. I think he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and music in general. He’s got a reputation of being an incredibly nice dude and he lives up to that. Hanging out with Kenny has been pretty surreal but jumping up on stage every night in front of that many people, it’s one of those pinch-yourself moments.”

Eli Young Band – where go from Kenny tour :12

James Young – “Being out with Kenny Chesney has been amazing. We’ve never done it on this level before; stadiums and arenas. It’s one of the biggest tours, period. I wonder where we go from here. It’s just been an amazing summer.”

Florida Georgia Line – where keep plaques and awards :27

Brian – “Yeah, I’m gonna need to buy another house soon ‘cause I mean, the one I’m living in isn’t that big and the walls are getting kinda full. I mean, that’s just the testament to hard work and our amazing fans and country radio diggin’ what we’re doing, it’s completely changed our lives and we’re very, very thankful. Yeah, we just kinda hang around the house and…everytime…we’re not home much but everytime we come home, you kinda look at it and you’re like, “Well, I’m gonna try to work harder than last week and see if we can keep this thing rolling.” So it’s, I kinda use it as more of an inspiration than really anything.”

Cassadee Pope – time with Rascal Flatts off stage :35

“We do most of our hanging out backstage during the show. I don’t see The Band Perry a ton because they have so much going on during the day. But, I’ll see them every once in a while backstage in their dressing room. So anytime I get to hang out with them—everybody’s extremely nice and Flatts are always having me come out every night and sing with them. They did something really great for me and had about an hour long practice the first day of tour so I was comfortable with them. We just did it right on the stage and it was really cool to sing with them that up and close and personal.”

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