Quotable Country – 01/24/10 Edition

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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 to writing the best songs, and that’s all they did. It produced a quality of music that we may never see again.
– – Billy Dean on the disappearance of songwriting specialists.

I measure artists against those two artists [Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen]. One who wrote everything he ever recorded and one who didn’t write anything he recorded except for the lyrics to one song. But, boy, did you ever question their authenticity? The answer is no. So when I’m done listening to country music, I’m always apt to put in a Sinatra or Springsteen record and bring myself back to a wonderful place.
– – The president of Warner Music Nashville doesn’t find country to be very wonderful.

Pint-sized singer makes a big impact
– – Imagine my disappointment when I clicked on this headline to find an article about someone other than Justin Moore. Anyway, some 13-year-old girl in New Zealand sounds like Tammy Wynette.

So-called modern country music simply sucks. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Why? Because it has no roots, no soul. Without soul and roots, music is nada. Dead. I call the current crop yuppa-billys. The problem with this country music is the consciousness it comes from, if you can call it that. The problem is it has Glenn Beck stamped all over it. […] All I can say is: God bless the Dixie Chicks.
– – The Dixie who? Oh, I think Steve Young means the Court Yard Hounds.

I hate country music that thinks all fans are rednecks. I like that (Rascal Flatts) can have a good time without making me embarrassed to tell people I listen to their music.
– – Honestly, I think I might rather be thought a redneck…

The New York Times called him “among the best soft-rock singer-songwriters working.’’
Wait a minute … soft rock? Country music, which has claimed the 45-year-old Vassar as its own since his 2000 self-titled debut album spit out five hit singles, just might dispute that.
“I think everybody tries to categorize music,’’ Vassar said. “What makes it country? If it’s got steel guitar? I know guys that are not country at all but if they put a steel guitar on it, they make people think it’s country.”
– – Phil Vassar’s ‘I know a guy who isn’t country…’ cover is fooling nobody. His ‘a friend of mine (wink wink, nudge nudge) once dressed up as a woman to get free drinks’ cover didn’t fool us either.

“You’ve always got it at the back of your mind that you’re doing something special, not just hauling freight.”
Indeed, “It’s like a big ol’ billboard coming down the road,” he says, “with people taking pictures. We’ve gone through towns and people follow us to the truck stop and ask us questions like ‘Is Brad in the truck?'”
But who needs Brad when we’ve got Saybrook’s very own Paul?
– – Article about one of Brad Paisley’s truck drivers (Paul) ends on an unintentionally dismissive note.

It ain’t country!
– – Loretta Lynn, succinctly, on country music today.

I think that’s where Nashville and the entity that is country music made its biggest mistake. Anybody who puts on a hat, as long as they’re making money, they say, ‘OK, you’re country.’ So they put Kevin Costner on the Grand Ole Opry, and Darius Rucker suddenly decides he’s country.
– – Not surprisingly, Dale Watson concurs.

There’s kind of a void: the Ronnie Dunn soulful-type voice is gonna go away now that they’re done. And I think Randy Houser is the perfect guy. He’s got that voice, man, he’s got that thing. He’s one of my buddies, and I think he’s one of the most talented people in this town.
– – Lee Brice on Randy Houser.

It’s really important for me when I’m writing songs that speak to women that I speak to them in a way of respect, first of all. And secondly, I try to write in a way where a guy listening would say, ‘Man, I’d say that to a girl.’ Hopefully that guy finds things that he wishes he could say, and he can use my music as the avenue for it.
– – Jake Owen, singer and cowriter of “Eight Second Ride.”

I know exactly what buttons to push with [Trace Adkins] to really get him mad at me. As the day went on on that shoot, there were some hot girls they brought in to be in the restaurant [scene]. And I started getting drunk — they were bringing these bottles of wine out and said, ‘Drink right out of the bottle and be out of place,’ and it was real wine. So I started getting flirty with Trace, because he’s got the long, sexy hair. He started getting mad at me as I started to hug on him and kiss on his cheek in front of all these good-looking girls.
– – Blake Shelton on shooting the “Hillbilly Bone” video.

What fictional TV family past or present would you like to be a part of?
Probably the Dukes from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’ That’s my kind of people. They don’t really have jobs, they just drive around in a car all the time, get in trouble, hang out at the bar. It’s a pretty good deal.
– – Jason Aldean.

He [is] the best singer in Nashville by far.
– – Trent Willmon on Chris Stapleton, his “Keep On Loving You” cowriter.

I told her I was gonna grow it out and do a big beard combover — and try to get it over the top of my head!
– – Dare you to try it, Tim McGraw.

If you’re a serious songwriter and Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle [don’t] influence you, you’ve got to go back to f***ing square one, because you obviously didn’t follow the root of Woody Guthrie up through the years to find out where the bodies are buried. I mean there are certain things that are just musts, and Townes Van Zandt is definitely a must, and my father goes in there too. They’re both brilliant songwriters, but both very different songwriters. It’s all about taking what you need from many different places in order to keep from sounding like a f***ng square.
– – Justin Townes Earle on influences.

You step on a stepping stone in the pond in order to get on a spiral staircase, which takes you up to the human-sized bird cage observatory. They’re delivering a human-sized birdcage, which I’ll put a brass telescope in. The ceiling of my living room is painted like the night sky.
– – It’s official: no Fake News about Taylor Swift will ever be outlandish enough.

American Songwriter: What was the process like for finishing the lyrics to “Drunken Poet’s Dream” with Hayes [Carll] via e-mail? Did you already have a lot of the framework and melody?
Ray Wylie Hubbard: Yeah, yeah. We had the melody and he kind of changed it up a little bit too, which I kind of preferred, rather than being in the same room with Hayes, to tell you the truth.
– – Poor Hayes Carll.

When he moved to Nashville in 2002, Moore began playing guitar and shopping himself to Music Row. […] After realizing record labels weren’t about to hand over name-brand songwriter tunes to a nobody, Moore started jotting down lyrics and chords. “Small Town USA” is the second song he wrote.
– – Anyone surprised to learn that the cliche-ridden “Small Town USA” was the second song ever written by a guy who was new to town? Didn’t think so.

Q: How do you get into that mindset?
A: The boozing side, the unhealthy side, gaining that much weight, part of the preparation was removing the governor. You want that extra pint of ice cream? Sure! You want that extra drink? Go ahead, man! You don’t want to drink while you’re working, but being a little big hungover, that might work for you. But part of the role was just to make it real and interesting, and to have compassion for him. He despises parts of himself, the irresponsible drunk side, and he’s longing for someone to know him for who he really is underneath that.
– – Jeff Bridges on his character in Crazy Heart.

There was an artist in this business — I’m not gonna name his name — but we were all at CRS one time, and Mark [Wright] was kinda gravitating toward my side of the room. And this other artist was more in bed with him [in business] and was mad that he was hanging out with me more and asked Mark why he never did like him. And Mark said, ‘Cause you never could sing.’ And they got in a fight.
– – Toby Keith makes the music business sound like high school.

Finally on February 9, 2010 we can all go Haywire with Josh. To satisfy the public demand for this CD, Josh has released a Standard and a Delux version. Yes Haywire has been radiating an excitement rarely seen in country music for months. Once again Josh, your songs inspire me and brighten my day. I am happy to be a passionate fan of the most popular singer in country music.
– – Comment on Josh Turner interview fails to explain how releasing two editions of an album helps satisfy public demand. Does it make the album twice as available?

Why are they playing
All of these songs about rain
Must be a theme show
– – Country Haiku spins a Gary Allan hit.

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  1. Rick says

    Wow, that Steve Young has smoked waayyy too much weed over the years as his brain is obviously fried! Just because you’re an Outlaw doesn’t preclude being a total douchebag too! That comment about Glen Beck is the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a long while apart from the bullsh*t that flows incessantly from the mouths of Papa Doc Odumbo, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. Steve Young wins the “Useful Idiot Of The Week” award hands down! God job Steve, you pathetic twit…

    Justin Townes Earle is also showing extreme symptoms of Obamavoter Derangement Syndrome, but considering his parentage and all the drugs his father consumed that’s not surprising. I don’t really give a sh*t about either Townes Van Zant or his daddy Steve, so I’m going to have to disagree with Justin’s lunatic ravings. Was he drunk when this interview was recorded? Is Justin seeking to displace Hank III as the most psychotic Americana artist? Justin will be in LA in February and I’ve got a free pass to his show! My ticket is worth about as much as the value I attach to Justin’s political and songwriter opinions. Kinda makes me glad I never purchased any of his music….

    That quote from Jason Aldean is breathtaking in its scope and stupidity! No wonder he has become so popular on AirHead/BrainDead Pop Culture Top 40 country radio! Hey Jason, the Duke’s cooked moonshine for the family business and used the General Lee to distribute the product. Guess he was too busy staring at Daisy Duke’s butt to notice. Jason is the poster boy for the southern fried, country rockin, hard drinkin’ and partyin’ , kiss my ass type of listener that mainstream country radio attracts these days. Well apart from the sissified, suburban city dweller Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts fans that is…

  2. Kim says

    Wow. The warner music prez isn’t even trying to keep up pretenses on Music Row anymore.

    Jake Own isn’t the worst offender out there. I’m still trying to figure out how the likes of Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler can get a date.

    Not getting what Steve Young is trying say. What do roots and soul in music today have to do with Beck vs Chicks?

  3. says

    Seriously, Taylor?

    I think I get what Young means, although it does come off like a lazy liberal ad hominem attack. Glenn Beck has become popular through a (frankly) dumbed-down, sometimes mawkish style of political “commentary”; a lot of mainstream country is the same way. There’s undoubtedly a political factor in Young’s drawing that comparison, but it makes sense separate from that, too, in my opinion.

      • says

        As far as I know, the Chicks haven’t really made much political commentary aside from the one famous quote, which was one sentence. They do make much more sophisticated music than most of their peers, though. Again, I’m sure Young is championing them largely because they’ve become famous as liberals, but I think the analogy still works.

  4. ARodRocks says

    the best quote I read all week was from Alison Bonaguro on her CMT blog. She said that she heard a song about breathing and that she liked the song. But then she realized it was Pearl Jam doing the song, and so she had to change her mind. She no longer liked it.

    Alison Bonaguro has the most entertaining blog in the business. Just when you think she can’t say anything dumber or more ignorant, she does.

  5. says

    This is my favorite Quotable Country yet. It really seems to follow the theme of everything wrong with the country music business and mainstream consumption. Very cool.


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