Deana Carter | Country Music: A Nashville Story | NPT
Country Music star Deana Carter sat down for an interview with NPT about country music history & Nashville. We asked Deana: Where was your first gig in Nashville? What is your favorite place to hear music in Nashville? Who is your country music icon? Country Music is Nashville’s story and NPT is dedicated to sharing the many stories that form this unique American art form.
- Hey, I'm Deana Carter, and you're watching NPT,
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My first gig in Nashville,
I believe was I was a waitress at Zanies.
So it was at Douglas Corner
across the street from Zanies on 8th Avenue.
Oh goodness, my favorite place to hear music in Nashville.
The Bluebird is always fabulous.
I was at 3rd and Lindsley recently, that's a great venue.
The Ryman, of course, is probably my favorite place
because the sound is amazing.
Well country music icon for me,
and I'm sure everybody has said this,
but it would be Dolly.
She's the icon because she came from very
modest means and she's a family girl,
she remained true to herself,
she's a spiritual woman,
she's kind, I've worked with her, her voice.
You don't even get the full Dolly,
like I've heard her rehearse and go through
getting ready to record vocals
and she's like the baddest, most amazing
R&B singer on the planet.
I mean Dolly knocks it out of the park
on every level for me.
I think Willie, again.
I have done that before and that was just like
too amazing to only do one time.
I wanna write a song with Willie.
I haven't done that yet.
So, I would say Willie
because he's been in my life as friends of my parents
and just growing up I feel like he's family in a way.
And it just makes me feel close to him and my roots.
It wasn't just country music,
I had like Barbra Streisand and
Nanci Griffith and, you know, Willie & Waylon.
I loved pop and rock music too, of course.
But Olivia Newton-John, I think she was probably
a big influence for me 'cause she did
a country approach to things and I connected with her.
And the movie Grease was out at the same time
so I would say Olivia Newton-John actually had a really
large impact on my wanting to sing and be in front.
I always wanted to be a background singer.
Hank Jr. was so smart to nail it
in the song "Family Tradition" because it's just a message
that is okay from generation to generation to generation.
It's the truth.
And parents wanna instill the truth in their children.
So, I feel that country music represents the truth.
And sometimes there's gritty truth and sometimes there's
sweet, simple truth and heart-wrenching truth.
Like truth has a lot of faces
but it has to be authentic.
That's the like common denominator.
And that's why I think it's a family tradition
because kids can appreciate the truth in things
that their parents appreciate truth in.
It's like this unspoken truth
that everybody can participate in.
(slow country music)
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