Trisha Yearwood recently visited with Terri Clark for her Country Gold podcast. Over the course of her fifteen minute interview, she previewed her upcoming country album and talked about both her female influences and the importance of upcoming female artists being able to have their own influences on the radio.
Here are some select quotes from the interview.
On her new country album:
I’m almost with a country record, so I’ll come back and stalk you in the fall because I’ve got a new record coming. So we’ve got two records this year.
On working with Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson on “Softly and Tenderly”:
Reba is the consummate professional. Talk about somebody who walks in and gets it on the first take. She and Kelly Clarkson and I sang together. It was like, our vocals were done in like, twenty minutes, and we went to lunch. Seriously. It was like, “I’ll sing my part. You go sing your part.” Everybody did, like, one pass through. Everybody sang on pitch, and we went to lunch.
On how women dominated nineties country and are now not being played on the radio:
I don’t know why things are that way. I hear things like, “Well, there’s a rule you don’t play women back to back on the radio, and you’ve got to play four guys for every one girl. It’s just ridiculous to me because I think, as a young girl listening to music, I needed a female role model, and Reba was a role model for me. Linda Ronstadt was a role model for me. Patty Loveless. I don’t know. These girls still need female role models, so there’s room for everybody. I don’t know what changed, but I do think talking about it is the first step to getting– maybe some people don’t even realize it.
I had not made a record in a long time, and when I started doing interviews, and people started asking me, I was like, “Oh my gosh, you’re right.” I mean, in the nineties, there were so many of us doing that. So, I just feel like we’ve got to do what we do and find a way to get it out there. I don’t know the answer.
I think all the girl singers should go picket the radio stations. I’ll drive.
A bunch of women showing up at a radio station would scare people, and I think we could get some stuff done.
On the songwriting exile from Music Row:
Because of our poor songwriters who can’t make a living writing songs anymore…the number’s something like 80% of songwriters have left Nashville. So it’s kind of why, with no offense to the ones who are left, why there’s so many things that sound sort of the same, because the same songwriters are writing a lot of the songs.
Talking a little about this country record. I didn’t do this intentionally, but I noticed, now that we’re almost finished, that most of the songs on this new record I have out in the fall have a female co-writer or a female writer on them. And the demos! Oh my God, these women people don’t know about are amazing. So I’m hoping that I can help in some way just to kind of shine a light.
On how we consume music in 2019:
We have to seek out our music. We don’t listen to music the way that we used to. We don’t discover new music anymore, really. We ask for something to be played, our device at home to “play this.” You can’t ask your device to play a song you don’t know yet. We need to make sure we go out and discover those new songs, new artists.
Our stuff is not really available on vinyl, because in the nineties, CD’s were kind of everywhere, so we’re starting to reissue stuff on vinyl because it’s not really out there from the nineties. And vinyl kind of makes you listen to a whole album again, because you’re going to put the vinyl on and you’re going to let it play. And that’s a good thing, too.