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Country music has changed tremendously, so what now is considered country was not considered country at that time. We were doing stuff that probably could have been called country music today, but would certainly have not have fit in at that time.
Country music is always changing but the Opry is always there to serve as a lighthouse for what country music really is. The past, present and future is all encompassed by not only the physical structure of the building but also the radio show.
Country people do not behave as if they think life is short; they live on the principle that it is long, and savor variations of the kind best appreciated if most days are the same.
Country taught me how to sing, it put me on a path. But I was never going to be locked into a formula. I don't want to be considered a current country artist.
Country music is important to me, and I love it, but it's not my whole life... I like to be outdoors, I like to hunt, I like to fish, I like to play golf.
Country was about the character. Country changed because of monsters like Clear Channel who bought all the stations and cut them into formats. Our population is now the mother of football.
Country music busts the wall between performer and audience. There's a connection because there's a vulnerability, a confessional quality, to so much of the songwriting. Those lyrics take you in.
Country music in the mid '90s was a big influence on my career, and I played all the songs that are referenced in '94' back in my club days. Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever... just putting out monster hit after monster hit. It totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it.
Country is bringing in a little rock element... a little '80s element. Melody is king now. But its just in the music, its not so much in the songwriting, which is still very basic to the storytelling aspect of it.
Country and western is the music of the devil. That's the real truth of the matter. My late Mother, bless her, loved country and western. God, I couldn't handle it.
Country and western is ignored by the intellectuals. They don't look at it as an art form. They think it's just somebody sitting on his couch singing about his life.
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.
Country music is still your grandpa's music, but it's also your daughter's music. It's getting bigger and better all the time and I'm glad to be a part of it.
Country music is just country. It's going to shift around a little bit, doing some different instrumentations, different production styles. But it will always come back to what you heard at the Opry. Nobody wants it to change.
Country radio went through a time where they were trying to pigeonhole everybody, and trying to make the gap really narrow, and I think that they've opened that up a little bit.
If a country wants to avoid corruption and become a nation of beautiful minds, I firmly believe that three key members of society can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
The world today has 546 nuclear power plants producing electricity. Their experience is the subject of constant research and feedback should be provided to all. Nuclear scientists must interact with the country's population, and academic institutions continually update the technology and safety of nuclear power generation.
One of the lessons that each country can draw from China is to focus more on creating village businesses, health services and quality educational facilities.
An economically peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is the dream of the country's youth. My message for young people is to work collectively for an inclusive Sri Lanka.
Why are we, as a country so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign TVs. We want foreign shirts.
We died here because we did not choose to live and shame the country we come from. Life, of course, does not have much to lose; but young men think so, and we were young.
When Obama was first proposed in the presidential election in 2007, the country had no serious debate about the serious constitutional problem of electing someone whose father was not a US citizen .
On many occasions, I sat down with Israelis to tell them where you would see your country in 10 years and cheer me up so that we can determine the synergies and connections between Israel and the rest of the Arab world. No Israeli has ever been able to answer this question.
Personally, I believe that any country with a nuclear program should comply with international regulations and have international regulatory bodies that verify that any nuclear program is going in the right direction.
Each country, its cost analysis will be different. Thus, what we see in Syria, for example, is different from that in Jordan. The cards are being rewritten.
When we try to push the boundaries, some sectors of society say it's a Zionist plot to destabilize our country, or it's an American program.
A small child in a developing country has the advantage, from an early age, of having access to toys that structure his mind, which is a definite advantage over the African child who has never held a modern toy.
We were given a role to play. We have been asked to give, to give lectures on the role of the development of Islam and the way we do it here, so that Muslims in this country understand the role of Islam.
My mother and my grandmother are pioneers of Mexican cuisine in this country. So I grew up in the kitchen. My mother, Zarela Martinez, was by far my greatest influence and inspiration and the hardest critic.