• VINCE GILL, BRAD PAISLEY AND MARTY STUART PERFORM DURING A LIVE STREAM OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY.

    On Saturday night (March 21st), Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Marty Stuart performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for Circle All Access. The show, without an audience, kicked off with a tribute to Kenny Rogers. Vince performed an emotional rendition of “Sweet Music Man,” the only song the late performer wrote. Vinny also performed a song he wrote for his sweet wife Amy Grant, “Whenever You Come Around.” Check out the entire performance below.

     

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Vince, Sam, Kacey, Luke, LBT, Carrie, Keith, Parker

    Shania Twain will appear on ABC’s The View on Friday (February 7th).

    Shania Twain is extending her Let’s Go! Vegas residency at Zappos Theater with new shows August through December. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 14th at 10am PT. Get more information here.

    Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves and many more artists will be featured in the new film, Bluebird, which chronicles the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville. The movie, which will also include Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Eric Paslay and Steve Earle, will air February 19th at 8pm ET on CMT.

    Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are among the artists featured in the new Time Life blu-ray video, CMA Awards Live Greatest Moments: 2008-2015, on March 3rd. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will also be included.

    Parker McCollum will perform at the Born & Raised Music Festival June 5th – 7th in Pryor, Oklahoma. Tickets to the three-day event, which will also feature performances by Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, Jr., go on sale February 14th.

  • THE GRAMMY AWARDS 2020: Church, LBT, Brothers Osborne, Stapleton, Vince

    This year’s Grammy Awards show is looming on the horizon and all of the artists are hoping to take home the bronze gramophone.

    Eric Church has two nominations at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, including Best Country Album for Desperate Man and Best Country Song for his recent No. 1 smash, “Some Of It.”

    Brothers Osborne are up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” while Little Big Town has a nod in the same category for “The Daughters.”

    Vince Gill is nominated for Best American Roots Song for “I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” and Chris Stapleton has a nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” for Toy Story 4.

    Keith Urban and Shania Twain are among the presenters at this year’s show.

    The 62nd GRAMMY Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles January 26th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance
    “Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs
    “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” Brothers Osborne
    “Speechless,” Dan + Shay
    “The Daughters,” Little Big Town
    “Common,” Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile

    Best Country Song
    “Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
    “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)
    “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
    “Some of It,” Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)
    “Speechless,” Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

    Best Country Album
    Desperate Man, Eric Church
    Stronger Than the Truth, Reba McEntire
    Interstate Gospel, Pistol Annies
    Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
    While I’m Livin’, Tanya Tucker

    Best American Roots Song
    “Black Myself,” Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)
    “Call My Name,” Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)
    “Crossing to Jerusalem,” Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)
    “Faraway Look,” Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)
    “I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

    Best Song Written for Visual Media
    “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” From: Toy Story 4 (Chris Stapleton)
    “Girl in the Movies,” From: Dumplin’
    “I’ll Never Love Again” (Film Version), From: A Star Is Born
    “Sprit,” From: The Lion King
    “Suspirium,” From: Suspiria

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE’S TJ OSBORNE TALKS ABOUT THE GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONG “I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU).

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    Brothers Osborne (I Don’t Remember Me (Before You) 1:05
    “There was a bit of the song that was a little on the nose. I don’t – it started the first tag (sings) which was an idea Shane had. He showed up that day and goes ‘I don’t remember my life before I had my babies.’ He said, ‘I literally can’t think of who I was. I don’t remember who I was before [my] husband Michael.’ And we thought man, that is a really interesting thing. An incredible idea. I’m sure it’s been done to some extent, but I can’t really recall that subject being said that way. And so, we were all about it. We loved the idea and the concept, but when Jay [Joyce] heard it, he goes, ‘Man, I think it would be really cool to save the ‘before you’ till the end of the song and I instantly was like, ‘Man, I think that’s a killer idea.’ John and I were all about it. And so, it ends now (sings) it kind of goes in a turn around. You don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. ‘I don’t remember me,’ you keep hearing this, and then at the end is the reveal ‘I don’t remember me before you,’ which I think is great. It also made it problematic [for] the title of the song.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT HIS GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONG "SOME OF IT."

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    Eric Church (Some of It coming of age) OC: …figure it out. :56
    “That’s a song, a coming-of-age song, it’s an adult song. It’s adult music. If you listen to the thematics in that and what it’s about, it’s about being older and having some wisdom about you. I think that’s something that I appreciate in my fan base now that early on probably wasn’t there. We were young and drunk and fighting and stupid. But I think now to see them grow – to see the fan base grow – it’s just one of those songs that came along at the right time. And again, it was such a blessing that happened. It wasn’t going to be on the album. It was just one of those freak things that I put it on the album, the last song on the album. The album was done, and all of a sudden it becomes the pillar, one of the pillars on the album. I think again, you go back to it’s one of the great things about music, is you just never know what’s going to happen until it’s all said and done. You can try to plan all you want to, but you’ll probably not going to figure it out.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT BEING CREATIVE IN THE STUDIO FOR HIS GRAMMY-NOMINATED ALBUM, DESPERATE MAN.

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    Eric Church (creative process in the studio) OC: …the creativity. :57
    “It was an interesting creative process. This record was made in the studio, from writing to completion, then any record we have ever made. It was really there, ‘cause I wrote songs there, we change things there. I played parts there, I never played, never thought of. I think maybe it was the first album in our career that there was more creative energy in the studio than any other, because it was written, made, conceived, it was all there. I mean, on ‘The Snake,’ for example, that background part was myself, Jeff Hyde and Joanna, and we tried to sound the old blues kind of sound. We were doing that creatively in the studio, and it made a really interesting thing. A lot of people will say, ‘Who sang that? who is that?’ Well it was us! We were feeling the creativity.”

    Audio / Vince Gill talks about his Grammy-nominated song, "I Don't Wanna Ride the Rails No More."

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    Vince Gill (I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More) OC: …down the road. (laughs) 1:15
    “I don’t think that I intended it to be so verbatim about trains. I think it’s about – it could very well be the bus for me. I don’t want to ride the bus no more. I’ve been riding this bus for 40 something years. But it’s just a song of reflection. My brother struggled in his life and probably a good chance he hopped a few trains in his life. And it just has such a – such a great history of Grapes of Wrath and just old school people hopping freight trains and struggling and riding them out. Maybe Dust Bowl folks riding them out, copping a ride on a train somewhere. I just think that that whole image of riding a train has just this great beauty to it. So, it’s really just a song of reflection, of a life that at times is lonely but ‘I don’t want to ride the rails no more. I want to find a woman’s love worth dying for.’ That’s yearning. It’s hopeful. Even, once again, you can get an element of some sense of hope in something then you just don’t depress the crap out of somebody and send them on down the road. (laughs)”

    Audio / Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild talks about the group’s Grammy nominated “The Daughters.”

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    LBT (Grammys 2020) OC: …speaking about. 1:28
    “We put it out as a moment to kind of kick off the record Nightfall, and we just love the song so much and we’ve had so many opportunities to share it on television and lots of radio opportunities. For it to just get nominated for Country Song of the Year by a Duo or Group, that’s an incredible category to be in because that’s any collaboration that’s been done on any country record plus by any duo or group. It encompasses so many incredible performances, that it really, it’s an absolute honor for that song to have gone all the way to the Grammys. Just so cool. It speaks to the message too. It speaks to how important that message is. We’re still talking about it all the time – equal play, equal play. We’re talking about it in just the way women are treated, and we need the champions out there for the daughters and that’s the heart of the song. Luckily, we’re in a band with two guys that believe in that, but there’s a lot of people out there that need that reminder that it’s not an equal playing field. It still isn’t. It’s time for us to change it so that the next generation doesn’t know what we’re speaking about.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Hootie, Carrie, Luke, Dierks, Brothers O, Travis, Vince

    Hootie & the Blowfish will perform on The Talk on CBS on Thursday (November 7th), followed by an appearance on ABC’s Strahan, Sara, Keke on Friday (November 8th).

    Carrie Underwood will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (November 8th), as well as co-host Live With Kelly & Ryan with Ryan Seacrest, leading up to next week’s CMA Awards.

    Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood will make appearances during ABC’s pre-CMA Awards Special, hosted by Robin Roberts. The special focuses on Dolly Parton, who is co-hosting the Awards show with Carrie and Reba McEntire. Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again airs Tuesday (November 12th) at 10pm ET on ABC.

    Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne‘s John Osborne are among the artists performing a tribute to Kris Kristofferson during Wednesday’s (November 13th) CMA Awards. The Country Music Hall of Famer is being honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which has only been given out four other times four other times, to Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash, posthumously (2015) and Dolly Parton  (2016). The artists, which also includes Sheryl Crow and Chris Janson, will perform the Kristofferson-penned classic “Me and Bobby McGee,” which was made famous by Janis Joplin and Roger Miller, who released it first in 1969.

    Travis Denning will hit the road with Dustin Lynch on the Stay Country Tour 2020, which kicks off January 30th in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets go on sale November 15th and November 22nd.


    Vince Gill
    is among the nominees for this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with Sonny Curtis, Kye Fleming, Bob McDill and Dennis Morgan. The official induction ceremony will take place June 11th (2020) in New York City.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Carrie, Vince, Maddie & Tae, Luke, Jon, Billy, Gary, Eric, Brothers Osborne, Kylie

    Several artists have been added to this year’s CMT Artists of the Year show, including performances by Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood (live-streamed from her Cry Pretty Tour 360 show in Cleveland, Ohio), Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and more. Presenters include Vince Gill and Maddie & Tae. This year’s special celebrates the network’s five Artists of the Year – Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown – in addition to Reba McEntire (Artist of a Lifetime) and Ashley McBryde (Breakout Artist of the Year). The 90-minute show will air Wednesday (October 16th) at 8pm ET.

    Luke Bryan’s hit “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” was just certified double platinum by the R.I.A.A., while his “Someone Else Calling You Baby” was just declared platinum. Jon Pardi’s “Up All Night” and Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” were also certified platinum, while Gary Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” Eric Church’s “Some of It,” Luke’s “Drinkin’ Beer & Wasting Bullet” and Sam Hunt’s “Downtown’s Dead” were all certified gold.

    Jon Pardi will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (October 18th).

    Brothers Osborne will perform at the Troy Gentry Foundation’s C’Ya on the Flip Side II February 5th at the Grand Ole Opry House, along with Trace Adkins, Rhett Akins, Tracy Lawrence, Justin Moore, Mark Wills and Eddie Montgomery. The benefit will raise funds for the Foundation, the Opry Trust Fund, T.J. Martell Foundation, Make-A-Wish, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many others.

    New EMI Nashville Recording Artist Kylie Morgan is one of three recipients of the second annual CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship. Over the next year, the CMA will provide support, connections with top industry professionals, participation in CMA-related events and a stipend to assist with their developing careers. She is currently opening several shows for Kip Moore and released a song “Boys Girl” to all digital partners.

  • VINCE GILL SET TO RELEASE 30TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL EDITION OF GRAMMY WINNING ALBUM- WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME.

    Vince Gill’s 1989 release When I Call Your Name rocketed his career to a new level and introduced him to many new fans who found his easygoing charisma was just as appealing as his prodigious vocal and instrumental skills. His third full-length solo album, and first for MCA Records, established the Oklahoma-bred singer-songwriter-guitarist as one of country’s most beloved and respected performers, garnering him his first Gold record on the strength of four hit singles: the album’s title track, which reached Number 2 on Billboard‘s country singles chart, the Number 3 country hit “Never Knew Lonely,” “Never Alone” (which Gill co-wrote with Rosanne Cash) and “Oklahoma Swing” (a duet with Reba McEntire). The album, which has since been certified double platinum, earned Gill two Country Music Association Awards, including Single Of The Year, and won him his first GRAMMY Award for “Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.”

    On November 15th, MCA Nashville/UMe will commemorate the 30th anniversary of When I Call Your Name, just one day after its original release thirty years ago, with a sparkling new vinyl edition of this influential collection. In addition to a standard black vinyl version, the album will also be available in a distinctive limited-edition pressing on metallic gold vinyl, which will be available exclusively online from uDiscover and the UMGN Store. These vinyl editions mark the first time the album has been back on vinyl since its initial release. Preorder When I Call Your Name here: https://UMe.lnk.to/WhenICallYourName

    Produced by noted veteran Tony Brown, When I Call Your Name features guest appearances by Emmylou Harris and Patty Loveless, with whom Gill had worked with in his career, and instrumental support from such notable players as keyboardist Barry Beckett, bassist Willie Weeks, and guitarists Randy Scruggs and Fred Tackett.

    Vince has won 21 GRAMMY® awards, has a wall of Country Music Association trophies, placed ten albums on the Billboard charts and scored a dozen hit singles. When I Call Your Name took Vince Gill’s career to the next level and made him a household name, and his legions of fans can now re-experience this classic collection on vinyl.

     

    WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Never Alone
    2. Sight For Sore Eyes
    3. Oh Girl (You Know Where To Find Me)
    4. Oklahoma Swing
    5. When I Call Your Name
    SIDE B
    1. Ridin’ The Rodeo
    2. Never Knew Lonely
    3. We Don’t Dance
    4. We Could Have Been
    5. Rita Ballou

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie, Travis, Vince

    Carrie Underwood is among the stars being honored at this year’s CMT Artists of the Year. She will be joined by Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. The artists will be feted with tribute performances during the 90-minute TV special and for the first time, CMT’s cameras will be on the road to feature a live performance from Carrie’s Cry Pretty Tour 360 stop in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2019 CMT Artists of the Year will broadcast live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 16th at 8pm ET/PT on CMT.

    Travis Denning releases a new song “Heartbeat of a Small Town” to all digital retailers and streaming services on Friday (September 20th). He’s currently making his way up the country radio charts with his latest single, “After a Few.”

    Vince Gill will perform as the Musicians Hall of Fame inducts its new members – Steve Wariner, Alabama, producer Owen Bradley and engineer Billy Sherrill (Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Charlie Rich) — October 22nd at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Paul Simon and Zac Brown will also perform.

  • VINCE GILL APPEARED ON CBS THIS MORNING THIS WEEK AND DISCUSSED HIS LATEST ALBUM, OKIE.

    Vince Gill appeared on CBS This Morning earlier this week. He talked about his new album, Okie, some of the stories behind the songs, his first guitar he bought, touring with The Eagles and much more. Check out the interview from his home studio below.

     

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  • VINCE GILL’S NEW ALBUM, OKIE, IS NOW AVAILABLE.

    Vince Gill’s much-anticipated and heralded OKIE is released today. “OKIE is about truth—my truth,” comments Gill.  “I don’t say this with judgement leveled in any particular direction, but truth is something that I feel is sorely lacking in our world. We tend to treat the symptoms and not the actual problem. Some of the topics are things society sometimes shies away from, but probably shouldn’t.  I think that at age 62, the truth has taken on more vibrant colors for me.”

    OKIE was co-produced by Gill and Justin Niebank. The most recent lyric video premiered earlier this week in Rolling Stone Country “Nothin’ Like A Guy Clark Song” was written by Gill. “I loved Guy’s writing for the pictures the words painted. That is what I was most drawn to–because they reminded me of my life. This is just my way of telling my old pal that I miss him.”

     

    Gill is set to perform one of the songs from OKIE, Forever Changed,” on NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday, August 27. Later that day, he will perform an exclusive 60-minute set at the iHeartRadio Theater NY to celebrate the release of OKIE.  iHeartCountry ICONS with Vince Gill is set to air at 7 PM ET and will be hosted by Cody Alan. Fans can tune into the live video stream of the performance and an exclusive Q&A session on LiveXLive, and the event will also broadcast live on iHeartMedia’s Classic Country and Mainstream Country stations at 7pm local time.

    On September 9, Gill will join Ken Burns in conversation with fellow filmmakers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey at the famed 92nd Street Y. The event will include a screening of selected clips from Burns’ upcoming PBS documentary, Country Music, and a performance and album signing by Gill, whose interviews feature prominently throughout the film. Gill will join Burns on a Today Show appearance to promote the film on September 10.

    Gill  recently spoke with Robin Young from NPR’s “Here & Now” and highlighted tracks from OKIE.

    Gill is currently on a nationwide tour that kicked off August 7. In September, he’ll step back on stage with the Eagles for a 3-night stand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where they will perform the band’s iconic Hotel California album in its entirety. Show dates are 9/27, 9/28 and 10/5.

    With 21 Grammy Awards to his name and over 26 million records sold, Gill has solidified his place as country music’s most eloquent and impassioned champion. He is both a world-class musician and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Audio / Vince Gill says his new album, OKIE, is made of songs about his own truth.

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    Vince Gill (album is his truth) OC: …my truth. :58
    “I’m pretty free with what I feel like I want to say, I want to write about, and I couldn’t have written these songs as a 20-year-old kid, you know? It took a life to get under my belt to finally have some perspective and finally have just, you know, getting humbled in your life, getting forgiven in your life, getting just a lot of things. I don’t know. I think that I’m not scared of some of the topics, you know. I think they are things that we, as a society, sometimes shy away from and probably shouldn’t. If communication was better, our race relations would be better, our marital relations would be better – all these things would be better. So, that’s kind of what I wanted to do was steep this record in the truth, you know, and not be afraid of trying to sugarcoat it, try to water it down or try to pass muster with who might be offended. So, it’s a bit of that, and all of it is mine. It’s my truth.”

  • VINCE GILL TITLED HIS NEW ALBUM OKIE BASED ON WHERE HE’S FROM, THE RICH HISTORY OF THE STATE AND KEN BURNS.

    Vince Gill releases his new album, OKIE, on Friday (August 23rd). The album’s title is taken from the once-derogatory term used to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the nation’s west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression eras. A proud Oklahoman, Gill has appropriated this term on an album that embraces his roots and explores some of the most important issues of our time.

    “I wrestled hard for what to call this record, just because of the songs, you know what they represented – a lifetime of experience,” says Vince. “I had the good fortune of getting to sit down and watch the Ken Burns documentary about the history of country music and that was so powerful. It was so emotional to watch, to really watch this history get told properly with respect, with dignity, with all these things. Because we, as a musical world, there were a lot of times in our history where we were looked down upon, whether they called us hillbillies or whether we were poor people or whether we were this or that. But, in the way that they told that story and they told it with such grace about how the races got along, and so you go back to our very incarnation of what we were and it’s beautiful because we weren’t segregated. We weren’t hateful. We weren’t any of those things. But we were kind of treated that way off and on for a pretty good stretch. And I don’t think a lot of people understand that the word Okie was – I always knew it — but when we migrated during the Dust Bowl and went out west to try to find work and feed families and dig a living out of the dirt, they used that word disparagingly. You called an Okie and Okie it was meant with distain. And I thought after watching that documentary I said I kind of like that. It’s where I’m from, I said, and I’ve got a lot of pride about being where I’m from and what our history is and how hard working those people are and kind and fair-minded and common sense and a lot of things that I’ve taken with me on this journey. I thought this might be a good name for this record. And it just hit me like a ton of bricks, and everybody liked it. So, as it could be construed as ‘well he’s from Oklahoma. He’s calling it OKIE,’ it has a much deeper kind of connotation and inspired by what Ken and those guys did to paint our history with some dignity and respect.”

    Okie marks Gill’s most recent solo album since 2016’s Down To My Last Bad Habit and 2011’s Guitar Slinger.  In 2013, Gill partnered with famed steel guitarist Paul Franklin on Bakersfield as a tribute to the “Bakersfield sound” of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. With 21 GRAMMY Awards to his credit.  Gill has solidified his place as country music’s most eloquent and impassioned champion. He is both a world-class musician and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Gill has also made appearances on over 1000 artists’ records.

    Audio / Vince Gill talks about how the new Ken Burns Country Music documentary influenced the title of the album, OKIE.

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    Vince Gill (title of OKIE) OC: …dignity and respect. 2:26
    “I wrestled hard for what to call this record, just because of the songs, you know what they represented – a lifetime of experience. I had the good fortune of getting to sit down and watch the Ken Burns documentary about the history of country music and that was so powerful. It was so emotional to watch, to really watch this history get told properly with respect, with dignity, with all these things. Because we, as a musical world, there were a lot of times in our history where we were looked down upon, whether they called us hillbillies or whether we were poor people or whether we were this or that. But, in the way that they told that story and they told it with such grace about how the races got along, and so you go back to our very incarnation of what we were and it’s beautiful because we weren’t segregated. We weren’t hateful. We weren’t any of those things. But we were kind of treated that way off and on for a pretty good stretch. And I don’t think a lot of people understand that the word Okie was – I always knew it — but when we migrated during the Dust Bowl and went out west to try to find work and feed families and dig a living out of the dirt, they used that word disparagingly. You called an Okie and Okie it was meant with distain. And I thought after watching that documentary I said I kind of like that. It’s where I’m from, I said, and I’ve got a lot of pride about being where I’m from and what our history is and how hard working those people are and kind and fair-minded and common sense and a lot of things that I’ve taken with me on this journey. I thought this might be a good name for this record. And it just hit me like a ton of bricks, and everybody liked it. So, as it could be construed as ‘well he’s from Oklahoma. He’s calling it OKIE,’ it has a much deeper kind of connotation and inspired by what Ken and those guys did to paint our history with some dignity and respect.”