I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you on the recent success of your new album Red. You and your team at Big Machine have done an incredible job in the marketing of the album. In this business climate, 200-400k is exceptional, but one million units in seven days is a testament to both growth as an artist and the wonderful team that Scott Borchetta has working day and night keeping your name out there in front of the public. John Zarling, Jake Basden, and all of their staff do a phenomenal job at what they do.
But, as the Nashville Songwriters Association International proclaims, “It All Begins With A Song.” I think you know this better than anyone out there today. You have developed an uncanny knack for writing material that your public identifies with. At the same time, you continue to explore new ground as a recording artist and writer. Me being closer to 40 than to 30, I am not in your target audience. That being said, there are tracks on Red that really got to me. “I Knew You Were Trouble” might very well be the most musically adventurous song you have recorded yet, and along with tracks like “Sad Beautiful Tragic” and “Treacherous,” you are proving that the best only gets better!
But, as Paul Harvey once uttered, there is the ‘Rest of the Story.’ Since you became the superstar that you are, people have been watching. No, not just the Enquirer or Star, but people watch to see how you handle your record-setting success. I applaud you for the way that you seem to truly cherish and appreciate those who are fans of you. Whether it be inviting them to your home for a press conference, sending pizzas and other items to those waiting in lines for concert tickets to go on sale, you truly seem to be a class act. A few weeks ago, I was covering an event that you hosted at Nashville’s Pinnacle Building, with well over seventy media outlets participating from all over the world. You handled the sixteen hour day of interviews with grace to spare. The only other artist of your popularity level who I have witnessed treat the people around them as you was an artist named Brooks. That’s pretty good company!
I can’t tell you that I identify with every song you record. As I said I’m nearly 40, and if I were to truly write my feelings about people in my past, it might be a lot more darker or filled with a few more choice words. I’m not as good as reeling the emotions in as you are, I guess. And, as far as staying up overnight for concert tickets, sleep is very valuable….but each year of your career you have raised the level for how an artist should conduct themselves before the public, and that is something that cannot – and should not – be underestimated! Thank you for your example!
Chuck Dauphin for Country Music Chat
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