Spotlight's on Them
Target stores nationwide are unveiling a group of
CD compilations, The Spotlight Music Series, today. Wynonna
is featured on an Influences disc, which showcases her heroes
and "she-roes," who helped shape her music. Her
selections include Loretta Lynn ("Coal Miner's Daughter"),
Alabama ("Dixieland Delight"), Tammy Wynette ("No
Charge"), Dolly Parton ("Jolene"), Kris Kristofferson
("Me and Bobby McGee"), Ray Price ("For the
Good Times"), Merle Haggard ("Workin' Man's Blues")
and Emmylou Harris ("Blue Kentucky Girl").
Kenny Chesney's "Keg in the Closet," Brad Paisley's
"Little Moments" and Miranda Lambert's "Me
and Charlie Talking" are among the tunes included on
the Nashville Now C-D. Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
are featured on the New Music From an Old Friend C-D. --Donna
Audio: Wynonna says it was difficult to narrow down her choices
for the new Target series, Influences C-D. OC: ...Merle Haggard.
:27 [phone quality]
"The songs I picked were many, and they had to narrow
them down, because I have such musical A-D-D that it was
very hard [to pick]. The ones that were cleared, they said
pick 20 or so, and then we'll narrow it down. It was very
hard for me, because I have such a history and her-story
with country music, the blues, R-&-B, gospel, rock and
roll. I was raised on bluegrass, yet my grandfather taught
me to dance to the big band-swing sound. And then I go to
California and I discover Bonnie Raitt, and then I get into
Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, and then we move to Nashville,
and I get into George Jones and Merle Haggard."
Audio: Wynonna talks about Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's
Daughter." OC: ...who it is. :37 [phone quality]
"Loretta Lynn's 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' which to
this day [is my] top three movie favorites of all time.
And that movie, that song, takes me to a place that is not
of this earth. And it's such a deep heritage, family, Kentucky,
where I come from, D-N-A kind of song that I stop what I'm
doing and I go to that place where I realize, omigosh, we
are so alike. In country music, it doesn't get any more
country or more stylistic than Loretta Lynn. I mean you
hear that voice [and] within three seconds, you know who
Audio: Wynonna recalls being on tour with Alabama, who she
describes as the country version of the Rolling Stones. OC:
...stars to me. :32 [phone quality]
"I remember more than anything that they would rent
a whole floor of the hotel and stay on that floor because
fans were so crazy. I mean there were women in the lobby
with hair jacked to Jesus like I've never seen with their
flared blue jeans with the eagle embroidered on the side.
I mean this is so crazy, and then with their Alabama T-shirts
on with the confederate flag, and I was going, 'This is
like a movie.' And I was so young. I mean I was literally
19 or 20 at the time, and they were rock stars to me.
Audio: Wynonna says she remembers "Dixieland Delight"
as Alabama's biggest song when she -- and her mother -- were
on tour with them. OC: ...craziest for. :22 [phone quality]
"On the Marlboro Tour, it was Alabama, it was George
Strait and The Judds. So, it was a pretty big deal pulling
into those huge, huge arenas and then selling out. And 'Dixieland
Delight' was, to me, their biggest song at the time...I
just remember that song the most being the one that crowds
would go the craziest for."
Audio: Kenny Chesney talks about his song "Keg in the
Closet." OC: ...I don't know. :30
"'Keg in the Closet' is very much about my reality
at the fraternity house...and I wrote some of my first songs
on the roof of that fraternity house. And I dreamed about
a lot of the stuff that I'm doing now on the roof of that
fraternity house. And that's why I wrote 'Keg in the Closet.'
There was this closet that we literally had a keg in, and
we didn't care about anything else but if that thing was
full or not. And so that's where I got the idea to write
that song. It was very real and it still is real. Maybe
they still got that keg in the closet up there. I don't