"Going into making this record, I knew the genre had turned into bro country and every single song is about drinking and partying and girl jeans," "What’s so funny is that I am the real deal. I grew up on a farm in Missouri. I worked my ass off on the farm. You can be a farmer and still think so much more deeply than that. You can be a redneck and think deeper than that. I’m really a redneck at heart, but I want to think about love and heartache."
— Sara Evans

"With country music being the way that it is right now in terms of there are so many men that are dominating, it’s such an honor and just makes me feel so great to know that I’m one of the females that they are playing."
— Sara Evans

sugarmeltsintherain replied to your quote “We went back and forth. It started as a shorter performance, and she…”

As a 5-time nominee, Kacey absolutely deserved a full performance. They gave full performances to a bunch of non-nominated male artists, but couldn’t give one to Kacey? Makes no sense.

"We went back and forth. It started as a shorter performance, and she declined. We came back with something a bit longer, and it eventually came down to her wanting a full performance. We kept pushing at time, but couldn’t make it work. No disrespect to songwriters, but the viewing habits of the public are now at about 1.5 minutes. And you can get across a huge and emotive performance in that time. Lee [Brice] proved that. ●"
— ACM Awards executive producer RAC Clark on the lack of a Kacey Musgraves performance - Interesting quote huh? I would have liked to have seen Kacey perform her song entirely. 

"It’s hard for me to swallow when someone says, ‘you’re a rebel, you’re an outlaw,’ because no, I’m not. The things I sing about are not controversial to me. The fact that they’re even considered controversial in this day and age is really sad"
— Kacey Musgraves 

Whatever happens, whatever you see,
Whatever your eyes tell you has become of me
This is not
Not the end
I am making all things new again ~ Sara Evans & Brad Paisley 

Martina McBride Scores Historic #1 



Martina McBride made history this week as the first solo female artist to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart’s 50-year history. The album ‘Everlasting’ is also Martina’s fifth #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

On Billboard 200, ‘Everlasting’ debuted at #7, marking Martina’s sixth Top 10 debut and her highest since 2007.  ’Everlasting’ is Martina’s first independent project on her new label Vinyl Recordings, marketed and distributed by Kobalt Label Services.

"Putting ‘Everlasting’ out on my own label felt like a good decision.  I’ve only been signed with two major labels, RCA and Republic Nashville, and have always had great relationships with them so making the change was not about that. But Kobalt has many of the elements of a major label and it just seemed like the right time to try a different business model.  It is a lot of responsibility but exciting at the same time to be doing things a bit differently. We put together a great team to carry this project through," shares Martina.

Martina delivers powerful interpretations of iconic soul songs while paying tribute to the original 1950s and ’60s recording process. Produced by Grammy’s “Album of the Year” and “Producer of the Year” winner Don Was, the approach involved vintage mics, instruments, amps and equipment from that era—many of which can only be found at Blackbird Studio, which is owned by Martina and her husband, John McBride.

To date, Martina has sold over 18 million albums, which have included twenty top 10 singles and six #1s. She has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for “Female Vocalist of the Year” from the Country Music Association and three wins for “Top Female Vocalist” from the Academy of Country Music.