I call this my church house trilogy. Souls' Chapel really was music from the Mississippi Delta, which to me is a church within itself. The Delta is the church of American Roots music. The Badlands is a cathedral without a top on it. And the Ryman has been called the Mother Church of Country Music, but to me it's the Mother Church of American Music. If you can think it up, it's been done there. In my mind, this is kind of a spiritual odyssey as much as anything else, and I had the settings of three churches to make it in.
call quoteschurch quoteshouse quotestrilogy quotessouls quoteschapel quotesmusic quotesmississippi quotesdelta quotesdelta quotesamerican quotesroots quotesmusic quotesbadlands quotescathedral quotestop quotesryman quotescalled quotesmother quoteschurch quotescountry quotesmusic quotesmusic quotesmind quoteskind quotesspiritual quotesodyssey quotessettings quoteschurches quotesmake quotes
From watching Lester (Flatt), I learned that it's important to be loyal to the people who made you and bought your music. He called me up to the front of the (tour) bus on the very first trip I went on with him. Lester pointed out two elderly people who were walking towards the but. He said, 'Those two people have been coming to see me since the mid 40's. That's what a country fan is all about.'
watching quoteslester quotesflatt quoteslearned quotesimportant quotesloyal quotespeople quotesmade quotesbought quotesmusic quotescalled quotesfront quotestour quotesbus quotestrip quotespointed quoteselderly quoteswalking quotesthose quotescoming quotesmid quotes40s quotescountry quotesfan quotesabout quotes
WELL THEY SAY HE BUILT THE MANSION FOR THE LOVE OF HIS WOMAN AND THEY PLANNED TO BE MARRIED IN THE FALL BUT HER LOVE DID WITHER IN THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER AND THE HOUSE STOOD EMPTY AFTER ALL. WHEN THE LEAVES START TO FALL IN AUTUMN AND THE RAIN STARTS TO DRIP FROM THE TREES THERE'S AN OLD, OLD MAN WHO WALKS IN THE GARDEN AND HIS HEAD IS BOWED IN MEMORY AND HIS HEAD IS BOWED IN MEMORY
built quotesmansion quoteslove quoteswoman quotesplanned quotesmarried quotesfall quoteswither quotesdays quotessummer quoteshouse quotesstood quotesempty quotesleaves quotesstart quotesautumn quotesrain quotesstarts quotesdrip quotestrees quotesman quoteswalks quotesgarden quoteshead quotesbowed quotesmemory quotes