We dig up the most interesting and/or objectionable quotes of the week.

Quotable Country – 01/25/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I mean, if there’s one thing that you know about me — and hopefully people watching at home — it’s I am absolutely comfortable with making a complete ass out of myself. I’m a natural at that. ● --- Blake Shelton, before hosting "Saturday Night Live." the Justin Bieber of country music, just a little trouble making cutie ● --- Blake Shelton, introducing himself while hosting "Saturday Night Live." But I’ve never really let myself … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 01/18/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I think that my songs keep getting simpler, and I’m trying to find the least amount of words to get across what I’m feeling. I’m definitely a better singer than I was, so that allows me to write in different formats. I’m just going with the flow of life. As long as I keep searching and staying true to myself, my songs will not necessarily advance, but they will go somewhere else. I’m willing to follow them. ● --- Justin Townes Earle to … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 01/11/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I'm hardly an expert, because I haven't been there for a long time. But the [Portable] People Meter ratings methodology [of terrestrial radio] punishes unfamiliar music, by and large. That's my understanding. So radio used to be an active medium, and now it's turned into more of a passive medium. ● --- SiriusXM tastemaker John Marks on terrestrial radio. Heard today, though, what the full-on novelty of “Bird of Paradise” most clearly … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 01/04/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I love a good old apple cider with some apple pie and vanilla ice cream on top. I know you can have that year-round, but whenever you can have it at Christmas time with the cider, it makes it a little more Christmassy. ● --- Even Scotty McCreery's holiday food picks are personality-free. With his headphones on, the Wichita man sang Blake Shelton's song "Boys 'Round Here" out loud. Passengers around him complained to the flight … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I swear to God, Tyler and I started this thing in my Chevy Tahoe with a dream and a prayer of playing country music. ● --- Brian Kelley, in a Florida Georgia Line acceptance speech at the American Country Countdown Awards. I hope someday they realize their dream of playing country music. The duo — who even introduced Hank Williams Jr. as "Brocephus" — catch boatloads of flak for its aggressively outsized bro-country antics and for … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/14/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Early on, an artist told me, 'Don't be yourself. Perform and be someone else.' And I thought, 'That seems like exactly the opposite of what I should be doing.' Then I had people wanting me to adjust my lyrics to be more appealing to the masses or whatever. I said, 'No, that's bullshit.' I'd rather sell four copies of something that's real than 4 million copies of something that's fake. ● --- Miranda Lambert to Marie Claire. You cannot … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/07/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Shortly after the midterm elections, Willie Nelson confessed with characteristic humor that he was disappointed by the results. “I’ve got a new song called ‘Y’all Got the Ball,’ ” he said, referring to the Republican takeover of the United States Senate. ● --- From a New York Times feature on the friendship between Willie Nelson and Dan Rather. I've been listening to Sirius a lot. I'm into Willie's Roadhouse—it's the best station on … [Read more...]