What I've learned, traveling the country and doing book signings, Mama's biscuits — you know, somebody in Montana's got their version of Mama's biscuits, somebody in California's got their version — so it made me realize that we're not as regionalized as we think we are.
I really didn't have an interest in being in the kitchen until after I was married, when I was 18. It didn't take me long to realize that Mama was not going to show up at my house every day and cook.
Growing up, I had a very busy social life. It wasn't until I was a sophomore in high school that I asked Mama if I could come into the kitchen and have her teach me how to cook something.
Everything I've done in my career is a result of growing up in rural Oklahoma, because if I hadn't had the training from Mama and Daddy to work hard, to do what I'm told, to take directions, to mind and to do a good job at anything I set out to do, then I wouldn't be where I am today.
To wake up to the sound of my son saying 'Mama, mama!' It's the best sound ever.
My dear Mama, you are definitely the hen who hatched a famous duck.
Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.