Category: Country

Bob Dylan speaks: the MusiCares speech

Bob Dylan speaks: the MusiCares speech

  “A lot of people don’t know this, but the blues, which is an American music, is not what you think it is. It’s a combination of Arabic violins and Strauss waltzes working it...

Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore

“I didn’t get rich, but it was better than picking cotton…”     We can debate who invented rock and roll, but there is no question that it was Elvis Presley who turned it...

Merle Haggard (1999)

Merle Haggard (1999)

“…you’ve got these perfect people performing perfect music and it’s perfectly boring to me.”     At the end of the 1990s, Merle Haggard was one disgruntled country music legend.

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

“It doesn’t even pay to sell out.”   January, 1996, in advance of the “I’m With Stupid” release and tour By phone from her home in Los Angeles  I caught sight of Aimee Mann...

Dickey Betts

Dickey Betts

“Gregg Allman has decided to try to justify this thing by running around the country claiming I’m strung out on drugs and too drunk to play music. It’s just ludicrous.” September 8, 2000 By...

Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins

“I never listen to my records. I can’t stand to hear them.” October, 1994 By phone from Chet Atkins’ Nashville office “Simpatico” duet album and tour with Suzy Bogguss It took me a long...