Quotable Country – 02/06/12 Edition

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If you walk into a writing room in Nashville on Music Row, you’ll hear the same song written every single day. We never get out of Nashville. We never get off of Music Row. When there’s 1000 songs written per day on Music Row, how many different songs can there be? They’re not. It’s the same beat, it’s the same melody, it’s the same words, it’s the same rhyme. It’s “truck” and “duck” and “muck.” It’s the same thing over and over.
– – Jimmy Wayne thinks songwriters should get out there and live some new experiences worth writing about.

I know this won’t be popular, but I hate the Lady A line ‘I’m a little drunk and I need you now’ from [the five week country No. 1 and pop crossover hit] ‘Need You Now.’ I think the word ‘drunk’ is so… vulgar. How about the words ‘gone’ or ‘lost?’ It would still convey the same sentiment.
– – Dawn Behnken, morning co-host at WFGE (Froggy 101) in State College, PA, finds the mention of drunkenness in a country song to be vulgar. In other words, Lady Antebellum is a little too outlaw for her.

CONTINUING BLUEGRASS GRAMMY ATTACK ADS: Thile and Daves, simply put, are pansies.
– – In preparation for the Grammys, Steve Martin has been tweeting attack ads aimed at some of his competitors in the Best Bluegrass Album category. Like Chris Thile and Michael Daves.

LAST BLUEGRASS GRAMMY ATTACK AD: Jim Lauderdale couldn’t play his way out of a paper bag. Especially one made of reinforced steel.
– – And Jim Lauderdale.

Wait until you see the album cover for new artist Casey James. Whee! He’s purty!
– – CMT’s Hazel Smith with some typically insightful commentary.

I wasn’t that good at socializing. I’m still not.
– – Ronnie Dunn.

I was 19 when I got in line for “American Idol.” Nobody knows who they are at 19; you’re not supposed to. I did this whole thing backwards. You come off a show like “Idol” and you’re a celebrity, but for what? You don’t have a song on the radio, you don’t have an album out. You’ve been singing cover songs and you haven’t done anything really. You have to develop backwards as an artist. Become a celebrity first and figure out “what kind of artist am I and where do I belong?”
– – Kellie Pickler on entering the music business via “Idol.”

So each guy has a different area of responsibility. I am not a very technical guy, I even struggle sometimes to answer emails. And I’m not on Twitter … so my role, and I think it originally happened because of my voice, but my role in the group is the kind of old-fashioned thing, it’s to do most of the interviews.
– – Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban explains why he’s almost always the one you hear from in interviews. As for the rest of the chore wheel: Joe Bonsall and Duane Allen handle tweeting and Facebooking, respectively, while William Lee Golden focuses mostly on beard maintenance.

People keep asking me, ‘What is country music?’ And so I tell them, ‘This is.’
– – Emmylou Harris introducing “Old Five and Dimers Like Me” in concert.

Would I like to have airplay? Well, I’d be a fool and a liar to say no. But I am having fun. I’m creative, and I don’t have to watch my words or watch what I say. I don’t feel that pressure to go suck up to somebody, whether it’s radio or the record company.
– – Lorrie Morgan on having her major label days (most likely) behind her.

There were some on-sales through the fan club that I would say half to 60% of the tickets we were offering were being picked up by brokerage companies. They were joining en masse. If [brokers] didn’t go to the fan club and waited on the [general] on-sale, I can handle aspects of that. But they infiltrate the fan club and get pit tickets or front row tickets that we want our fans to have first shot at for being members of the Church Choir, they come in and scoop them up and mark them up thousands of percentage points and come back and try to sell them to the same fan, that’s the part that bothers me the most. If we wanted our tickets to be high we would have made ’em high.
– – Ticket resellers have been joining Eric Church’s fan club to get access to heaps of tickets at discounted fan rates. Church’s camp isn’t too happy about it.

Basically, it’s a collection of very country songs.
– – Darrell Scott on his new album, Long Ride Home.

When I came to Nashville, there were not that many of us writing songs for a living. Most of us wrote by ourselves. Back in those days, we were so restricted to who we could write with because they wouldn’t split copyrights. Lord knows ASCAP wouldn’t split things with BMI and vice versa, so you had to write with people in your own camp. Those walls have come down. Now we can write with anybody and everybody will split copyrights. It has opened up a whole world of freedom for songwriting.
– – Bill Anderson puts a positive spin on Nashville’s turn toward co-writing.

This is a comeback, period. I’ve been gone for three or four years and I wanted this record to come out of the box and be as big or as good as Not A Moment Too Soon by McGraw. That was my goal.
– – For his next album, Chris Cagle is setting his sights as high as “Refried Dreams.” Elsewhere in the interview, he expresses his love of “southern rock and slammin’ country” of the type recorded by Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert. Getting excited for his return yet?

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  1. says

    Kellie Pickler is getting cooler all the time. I like that she’s not apologetic about her career path but can reflect thoughtfully and candidly on it.

  2. ChurchsChicken says

    I don’t care for Kellie Pickler’s music that much, and I didn’t like the “Tough” single. But I agree with Dan that Pickler is getting cooler all the time. She is now coming across as an intelligent person, but when she first started out she acted like a stereotypical dumb blonde. I didn’t like that at all – it was not funny and dumbness in women is not attractive. I’m glad Pickler has dropped that. She is getting cooler.

  3. says

    Nobody can accuse Darrell Scott of false advertising :)

    Call me crazy, but I’m reasonable sure that “Got My Country On” (or whatever it was called) told me just about all I need to know about the new Chris Cagle. That’s not to say that I won’t give it a chance, but I can’t say I feel absolutely anything akin to excitement.

    Ditto to Dan’s comments on Pickler. In addition to being so forward and unapologetic about her new musical direction, I love how she’s so frank and honest about her early days in the music business. But I really don’t get why some people seem to have the idea that the “dumb blonde” persona was something that Pickler herself was purposefully projecting, and that she has now somehow “dropped” it. I think mainly the media and general public have exaggerated things like her not knowing what words mean, or not being able to answer game show questions correctly, but I honestly can’t buy the idea that Pickler has ever intentionally presented herself as a dumb blonde.

    • ChurchsChicken says

      Ben — Here’s why i think the dumb blonde bit was an act. There’s a YouTube clip of Pickler on “Smarter than a 5th Grader.” Foxworthy asks, “Budapest is the capital of what European country?” Pickler’s face looks very confused – in fact probably some unsubtle acting is going on. Then she says, “This might be a stupid question?” and Foxworthy jokingly replies “Its probably gonna be.” She then responds, “I thought Europe was a country.” She then makes silly comments like “I know they speak French there!” and follows up with “Is France a country?”

      I could be wrong but I think it is an act, and its intentional in my mind — she knows she is about to say something stupid and Foxworthy is seemingly in on the bit. Foxworthy’s comments suggest that he knows Pickler is about to go into “dumb blonde mode.” Moreover, the ignorance is not merely forgetting the capital of Poland or some such thing. The ignorance is so over-the-top (“I though Europe is a country!” and “Is France a Country?”) that its hard to believe Picker really was that ignorant. Moreover, in real life, ignorance often isn’t funny, but Pickler’s ignorance so often was tied to a joke of some sorts that it seems like an act to me. If Pickler truly was ignorant, I doubt she would have had a smile or smirk on her face as she delivered the ignorant line.

      I think the video clip alone suggests that the dumb blonde routine is being played, but the fact that Pickler now speaks thoughtfully gives me further reason to believe that she was putting on an act before. I doubt that someone so dumb as Pickler in 2008 is now so thoughtful and articulate as Pickler in 2010, 2011, 2012.

      But maybe it wasn’t an act. Maybe Pickler really thought Europe was a country, et cetera. It hardly makes it better in my mind. Playing into the dumb blonde stereotype – intentionally or otherwise – is rarely funny and its somewhat backward considering all the sexism this country has faced.

      So, I’m glad Pickler is toning down the stupid comments. Whether the stupidity was an act or fake, there was nothing cool about it. I find the articulate and thoughtful Kellie Pickler to be far more interesting than the dumb blonde incarnation.

      • says

        I’ve seen that clip, but I doubt she was pretending not to know that Europe is not a country, etc. My impression was that she simply received a poor education, and I’m sure these days there are plenty of people who don’t know their geography. That, of course, does not mean that she can’t be articulate and thoughtful in a field such as music, which is what is knows.


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