Quotable Country – 01/31/10 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. [I still] haven’t had a cigarette. I’ve killed four people, but I haven’t had a cigarette! ● - - Trace Adkins, one year after he quit smoking. We co-produced Fearless, and she was askin’ for banjo. I would say ‘What about this?’ — fiddle or whatever. So the decisions to do those country instruments were the two of us collaborating. ● - - Nathan Chapman tries to impress us with the fact that he and Swift included a couple … [Read more...]

Merle Haggard Channels Senility, Paranoia Into New Topical Song

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Long known for his acerbic political and social commentary in songs such as "Okie from Muskogee" and "Are the Good Times Really Over," country great Merle Haggard has released a brand new topical song addressing the healthcare crisis in the United States. The track, titled "Song for the Sick," began making headlines as soon as it appeared on Haggard's website last Sunday. An entirely new composition, the song nevertheless contains echoes of classic Haggard, especially in the jaunty, swinging … [Read more...]

Keeping Up with the Opry


Those who aren't subscribed to the Opry's channel on Youtube may have missed the fact that it recently became quite active, with 30+ videos posted in the past week. The performances, taken mostly from 2007 shows, feature a nice cross-section of performers, from Chuck Wicks to Ricky Skaggs to Loretta Lynn. I spent about an hour getting caught up last night. Some of the highlights for me: Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent take on "Together Again" (link) Patty Loveless kills "Blame It On Your … [Read more...]

Martina McBride Arrested in Cockfighting Sting


A year-long investigation into a Tennessee cockfighting operation ended on Tuesday as authorities finally tied the alias of ringleader Mama Bird Cretin to a real person and moved in for the capture. Troubled pop-country singer Martina McBride was apprehended after a brief shootout at her Nashville home. McBride's behavior had grown increasingly erratic over the past couple years, from early reports of drunkenness at public appearances to deliberately inciting riots at some concerts. Recently, … [Read more...]

Country Music: It’s Easy to Be Cynical

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The late-night situation is being talked about everywhere else, so why not on a country music blog? After getting the shaft from NBC and Jay Leno (who, in this one-time Leno fan's opinion, should have retired gracefully when all hell started breaking loose), Conan O'Brien concluded his brief stint as Tonight Show host with class last Friday night, urging his disappointed fans to ward off cynicism: All I ask is one thing, and I'm asking this particularly of young people that watch: Please do … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 01/24/10 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. The idea of her marrying anybody at this point kind of freaks me out! ● - - Well, I should hope so! Dierks Bentley on his 15-month-old daughter. Not a lot of people will be coming to Nashville if they can’t make a living just writing songs. You’ve got to record, be a producer, and have other avenues of income besides just being a songwriter. There was a time when it there were writers who came here and dedicated their lives … [Read more...]

Some Guy Keeps Requesting Mac Davis Songs During Station’s Classic Country Hour

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Disgruntled listeners of 92.9 The Wire in Denver, CO, are struggling to explain the preponderance of Mac Davis songs played during the station's weekly classic country hour. Equally baffling is the fact that all the Davis requests seem to come from the same caller, week after week and month after month. Denver seamstress Julie De'Reese began noticing the problem sometime last year: "Upon my word, every time I turn on the radio between 8 and 9 on a Saturday night, it's the same man requesting … [Read more...]