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Born: 1951-10-07
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I think it's ridiculous to try to sell records to teenagers, because teenagers don't buy my records. And there ain't that many teenagers out there in the marketplace.

Tags: Ridiculous, Sell, Try

I'm wide open and will entertain anything anybody has to say, but if it's MTV and radio, well, they're great things, but can't be the only thing. I don't know that it would work even for the Beatles.

Tags: Anybody, Great, Work

I've just been fortunate to havehad a lot of hit records, though Human Wheels doesn't qualify as a hit record-but it's really the best single I've ever had.

Tags: Best, Human, Single

If fans are going to turn on me because of this, they weren't my fans anyway. I couldn't betray a whole 25 years of record making and not do this. I had to.

Tags: Betray, Making, Whole

My thought was I should try to stick with names that people may recognize like Robert Johnson, Son House, and Hoagy Carmichael, so if somebody cared to research, they would find a wealth of material.

Tags: May, Thought, Try

Unemployment is sky-rocketing; deflation is in our future for the first time since the Great Depression. I don't care whose fault it is, it's the truth.

Tags: Great, Time, Truth

Wait a minute, guys, I have always been on your side. I have always spoken for you, always tried to put on a good face for the state of Indiana. All of a sudden, some of you people think I'm a bad guy?

Tags: Bad, Good, Put

We could walk 3 minutes and be on the beach. I think the music kind of suffered because of it. It kind of smelled like Jimmy Buffett, which is a bad thing.

Tags: Bad, Music, Walk

You cannot expect the guy who drove the car into the ditch to navigate it out of the ditch. You have to put a new driver in the seat. I'm not saying the new driver is going to be any better, but we need a new driver. Kerry is the only choice.

Tags: Cannot, Car, Saying

Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're only talking about the high school teacher? No.

Tags: Fight, School, Teacher

I want to sell to people my own age, because that's the way I write songs.

Tags: Age, Songs, Write

I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it.

Tags: Agree, Art, Using

I'm your average Joe guy. I don't really care for politicians.

Tags: Average, Care, Guy

What is there to be afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is you fail. So what? I failed at a lot of things. My first record was horrible.

Tags: Afraid, Fail, Happen

A lot of record company people, even though they're our age, want to be perceived as young hip guys, and they're hurting the business.

Tags: Age, Business, Young

A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs. He would rework the melody and lyrics, and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.

Tags: Song, Songs, Taken

Bob Dylan's first couple of records in the 60's weren't considered cover records, but he only wrote one or two original songs on each album.

Tags: Couple, Original, Songs

I couldn't have recorded this record 15 years ago. My voice didn't have the depth to pull these songs off.

Tags: Off, Songs, Voice

I don't have to worry about any pop sensibility. I can write adult songs, and I don't have to worry about choruses and hook lines.

Tags: Songs, Worry, Write

I don't want to be a politician. I don't like politics. It's petty; it fights dirty.

Tags: Dirty, Politician, Politics

I thought I knew a lot about music. Then you start digging and the deeper you go, the more there is.

Tags: Music, Start, Thought

I would never say John Kerry would be a great president. I will say that George Bush has divided us; he has filled this country with hatred.

Tags: Country, Great, Hatred

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song. Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was only a song to entertain?

Tags: Authority, Guy, Song
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In so many musicals today, the story is moved forward by a song. I don't think we're gonna try to do that.

Tags: Forward, Today, Try

It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news.

Tags: News, Report

Natalie from the Dixie Chicks could have said what she said before 9-11 and no one would have cared.

Tags: Chicks, Said, She

People have the right to say what they want to.

Tags: Four, Indiana, Known

This is about black people selling out other black people.

Tags: Black, Selling

This is not a rock opera. This is not Tommy. I can write songs that emote, and that's it.

Tags: Rock, Songs, Write

What's the difference? One guy's the same as the other.

Tags: Difference, Guy

When people are afraid, they make emotional decisions.

Tags: Afraid, Decisions, Emotional

When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand.

Tags: Enemy, Fear, Playing

When you live in hysteria, people start thinking emotionally.

Tags: Hysteria, Start, Thinking