COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS(Posted 3:00 AM, 8/2/2010)
TAYLOR SWIFT: Songwriting Advice
Taylor Swift's advice to aspiring songwriters is simple: know who you're writing about and write a letter to that person. She says, "The more it seems like a journal entry, the better. The more it seems like an open letter, the better.
Blake Shelton is offering fans a chance to hear the music from his second six-pack collection, All About Tonight, on People.com. Besides the title track, you can hear his duet with fiancee Miranda Lambert, "Draggin' the River." He describes it as "the exact type of duet our fans expect us to do. We sing about being crazy in love and running away."
Lillith Fair opened its doors to country music this year and Miranda Lambert blew them off the hinges. She tells Canada's Edmonton Journal, "I couldn't change how I played my show, though. I feel strongly that if someone asks me to be on a tour it's because they want me to do what it is that I do. The thing is, they don't care, they're just a music crowd and they love all kinds of music."
It's a Brad Paisley tradition that he gives away a white hat to a lucky fan in his audience and then gets it back so he can sign it. One day Brad mistakenly threw a 3000-dollar hat into the crowd instead of the less expensive ones he usually tosses. The fan who caught it left and never got it signed. Brad tells, The New Yorker magazine, "If I wanted to buy a hat like that, I wouldn't want a signature on it. Unless it was Clint Eastwood."