It was just like a dream. I could have ended up with an album that's not all that different from anything else coming out of Nashville. Mutt made the difference. He took these songs, my attitude, my creativity, and colored them in a way that is unique.— Shania Twain
Unforgettable Nashville quotations
I learned some invaluable lessons in Nashville that apply to both farming and show business: Do not corner something you know is meaner than you; keep skunks of all kinds at a distance; if you forgive your enemies, it messes up their heads.
As far as being a 'player's player,' you've only got to go to Nashville or Argentina and you can forget about it. The world is full of amazing guitar players, and you know it, and I know it...it's a humbling experience.
I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs.
There's more women stars in Nashville all the time.
They're proving they can do the job the same as a man.
I was interviewed for a Grammy television show, and they asked me about Nashville, and I talked for three minutes and when I finished, I was teared up. The whole room was crying. Nashville has given me a home, where I never had a home before.
Country artists, I met a lot of them when I was five, six years old.
I had an uncle who was a country and western singer and I met Lefty Frizzell when I was five or six years old in those shows that would come through Toronto from Nashville.
The Hank Williams Syndrome: Come to Nashville, write some good songs, cut some hit records, make money, take all the drugs you can and drink all you can, become a wild man and all of a sudden die.
Sometimes it's the mistakes that end up leading you into new territory .
. like the guitar solo on 'Peelin' Taters' - I had some speaker problems, but the tone ended up sounding better than if I had new speakers .. it's a 60's Nashville, 'uptown' thing
To me, songwriting is the backbone of Nashville.
Looks can go, fads can go, but a good song lasts forever.
If you're in it because you love it and you have to do it, that's the right reason. If you're in it because you want to get rich or famous, don't do it. People often say that my first years in Nashville, when I wasn't getting anything cut, were tough. Hell, those were great years.
I think it took me a while to convince Nashville that what I do is genuine and my heart's in the right place, and I love country music.
I love Nashville. I've been here so many times... oh man, I would stay here for a year if I could. It's just so much fun.
I like this town, it's really great. They've put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It's about the kind of music I like.
I come from this really small town near Nashville, Tennessee, where everything was la-di-da and normal.
After Nashville sushi and a long debate on Bob Dylan, we went into Woodland Studios at 10 pm that night for a look around, and jammed for 5 hours solid.
I love chocolate, and I love to shop - just give me a good boutique.
I like mall scenarios, too, because there's more right there at hand. I think Nashville could use some better shopping!
L.A. to me feels like music industry, and Nashville to me feels like music community.
It's the warmest, loveliest community I've ever set foot in.
For me, it's the perfect place to live. It's the best part of America.
From the moment I stepped foot in Music City I have had a love affair with the people and burgeoning culinary scene. This city's long, highly-respected cultural history, coupled with the recent growth and development is inspiring. I could not be happier with my decision and I'm truly excited to call Nashville my home.
... Nashville is such a fantastic city, with this great creative music energy. Then there's that Southern hospitality, you can't beat that.
The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville, some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song. Up until then there hadn't been any such thing.
Nashville's like any other hometown - after a while, it's stifling.
The people I used to have around me from Nashville was showing love to the Cash Money clique on the strength of Buck trying to make it; making sure Buck gets to where he gots to go.
But it's just been recently that Nashville has started to feel like home.
Nashville may be famed for its country music, but this may well be the capital of rock and roll music in the United States of America.
I had been on the road for a long time and was not really getting anywhere.
Bob Johnston, a friend of mine, had taken over Columbia in Nashville. He asked me if I wanted to come down. I did - thank God I did.
If I needed to record, I'd head to the coast or Nashville, one or the other.
Nashville has a formula, and it works a lot of the time, but it wasn't right for me. They're afraid to step outside the box - even though, with me, my success came because I was outside of the box to begin with.
When I first came to Nashville, people hardly gave country music any respect.
We lived in old cars and dirty hotels, and we ate when we could.
I'd definitely love to play in Nashville again. That would be really good.
Roy Acuff was the first country music star to buy a home in a fashionable section of Nashville. The real estate man said, 'Mr. Acuff, how do you plan to take care of this?' since the house was very expensive at the time. Roy said, 'Would cash be all right?'
Since I was a kid I just wanted to be in Nashville.
I just had to find all my friends that used to be in the business.
As I say, the music business didn't die, it just moved to Nashville.
My favorite place in the whole world is Nashville.
Because it's my home, it's Music City. It's like, everybody there is so artistic and so creative, and nice! Everybody's really friendly.