Quotable Country – 02/14/10 Edition

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I’m happy and I’m proud to be a worm
I can wiggle I can squiggle I can squirm
And I holler every day, “I’m a worm, hip hip horray!”
Yes I’m happy and I’m proud to be a worm
– – Best material Carrie Underwood has recorded to date.

I love country music. If I listen to Willie Nelson or Hank Williams I feel at home all of a sudden. I’d love to make a full-on country record.
– – I’d love that, too, Norah Jones.

I’m a big Jamey Johnson fan. A really big Jamey Johnson fan! I kind of wish I was Jamey Johnson… I’m crazy like that!
– – Darius Rucker just needs to work on the beard.

I have a lot of songs that people discover later on. I imagine that I’ll be dead and gone a long time before people figure some of these out. If I’d heard one of these songs that I wrote now, I guess I’d just shoot myself if I didn’t write it. Man, I just love my songs.
– – Know who’s a really big Billy Joe Shaver fan? Billy Joe Shaver.

What I usually do is have one of my friends who’s a girl — and I can’t believe I’m admitting this — I have her give me ideas, and then I give her my credit card and say, ‘Here, go deal with this please.’
– – Justin Moore on Valentine’s Day. OMG, he’s such a romantic.

Q:The woman on the cover of “Midnight at the Movies” — know her?
A: Yes. Her name is Carmen.
Q: Is she —
A: Never put anyone you’re f—ing on the cover of your CD.
– – Timeless wisdom from Justin Townes Earle.

Yeah, we stay out of Nashville all together. But I never want to leave the impression that I’m one of these old farts that’s saying “They’re not doing it right, now.” I entertained my generation and this generation can amuse itself anyway it wants. […] I’m not opposed to anything anybody’s doing. We don’t send our songs to Nashville. We don’t fool around with it. I am amused though when I see a song or some songs I hear and it took five people to write it or six people to publish it. And I think “Boy, for that song, that’s a lot of work, in my estimation.”
– – Tom T. Hall remains diplomatic.

Q: You’re at a party and someone hits on your date, what do you do?
A: I let him entertain himself because if I’m there with her, I’m not really worried about it. If she wants to be with that guy, then she’ll do it. Like I said, I’m not a jealous person. I don’t care. I’m really laid back. I’m not a confrontational person either, so I kind of do my thing and let the rest of the world do what it does.
– – If you want to hit on Jake Owen’s date, that’s fine by him.

It’s just something that you feel emotionally inside your heart. It’s an emotion, something that you feel and something that you share with another human being. It’s just a partnership and a companionship and something felt between two people that [is] indescribable.
– – Because I know you were just dying to hear Troy Gentry’s definition of love.

Anytime something starts to feel like a popularity contest or not about the music, I’d rather just not be involved. I’m not a big high-fiver. That really gets to people around me when we have a No. 1 or something big happen. I’m not a big, ‘Let’s go have a party about it!’ I’m always like, ‘What’s next?’
– – Gary Allan is all about the music.

It definitely surprised us all. We realize that the majority of our songs probably won’t have that kind of cross-genre appeal; it just happens to be the appeal of this song. We’re not going anywhere. We’re country musicians, we write country songs.
– – Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley on the crossover of “Need You Now.” Why wouldn’t the majority of their songs have cross-genre appeal? I mean, “Need You Now” is pretty much as country as they get.

Country music should be music that comes from the country, by people living in the country culture, that is about living in the country, the beauty of the country atmosphere. That’s why they called it country music.
– – Michael Martin Murphey. And some people think MY definition of country music is too restrictive…

“…and when you said I’m down with that / Well, it meant you had the flu,” he sang in “Back Then” off his 2004 album “Live Like You Were Dying.” He lamented, “We got too complicated / It’s all way over-rated / I like the old and out-dated / Way of life.”
Nostagia never sounded so good. Or so false. McGraw’s well-waxed chest doesn’t seem so “back then,” and his aw-shucks simplifications on life are numb with obviousness, like a between-song sermon on how music “makes you feel something.”
– – From a Tim McGraw concert review. Visit the site for pictures of his killer ’70s shirt and beard combo.

[“Love Your Love the Most” is] as egregious a country stereotype as anything Mr. Church lambasts in “Lotta Boot Left to Fill” and, what do you know, it’s become his biggest hit to date. It’s not a victory for insurgency, but for the status quo, of country as a fearful, shrinking island of common reference points.
– – Jon Caramanica on Eric Church in the New York Times.

Teen sensation Taylor Swift, who is currently on tour in Australia, got into trouble with the government’s environmental agency after she and her band fed wild possums.
– – Shoot, even Swift’s hell-raising is pretty endearing.

Murphy said he often hears from women who want their boyfriends or husbands to dress like [Rascal Flatts]. But men rarely feel comfortable wearing shirts with as elaborate embellishments as those worn by LeVox.
“You’re going to have a little bit of resistant there,” he said, noting that smaller more practical changes could get results everyone can appreciate. Trendy jeans are a great place to start, he said, cautioning that skinny jeans are a step too far for most men.
– – Longtime Rascal Flatts stylist gives tips on how to metrosexualize your man.

I want these people to know I appreciate them more than they’ll ever know.
– – Pretty sure that’s not technically possible, Aaron Watson.

On every record, I try to have two to three singles. ‘3rd Gear’ was one of them that I was very, very proud of. It’s fun to play every night. One I don’t care for is ‘All-American Country Girl.’ I can’t stand that song, but when you’ve sold 50,000 ringtones from that song, and you have a bunch of little gals requesting it, you have to remember it’s a job and the customer is always right, so I just shut my mouth and sing that song. But those are learning experiences. Like on this next record, if I don’t like the song, I’m not putting it on there.
– – Aaron Watson again, this time with some refreshing honesty.

It’s a whole, new, rhythmic, emotional, visual, fun, incredible, experience machine.
– – Jennifer Nettles. When it comes to describing Sugarland’s 2010 tour, just one or five adjectives won’t do.

I realize beginning a mission like this in the dead of winter and walking through the middle of the country is going to be difficult, but I hope and pray I am up to the challenge. It’s going to be cold, rainy and maybe even snowing and that ground I sleep on at night is going to be really hard. But that’s what the homeless are dealing with each and every winter they go without a home of their own. […] I’ll live like I Iived when I was 14.
– – Jimmy Wayne seven weeks ago.

This walk is about raising awareness, not about me carrying a bag on my back. If someone offers to carry the bag, they can. If a company offers support and an RV, I’ll sleep in it when they offer it that night. My goal and promise was to walk and share the stories of generosity the Americans bestow along the way during this journey.
– – Jimmy Wayne now, singing a slightly different tune.

I don’t mind saying
Some girls don’t like boys like me
Others aren’t picky
– – Country Haiku tackles Sawyer Brown.

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  1. says

    Seconding the support of a Norah Jones country album.

    Seconding what Jon Caramanica said about Church.

    And I like what Gary Allan said. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating accomplishments, but they make such a ginormous deal out of the #1 parties that you really do wonder if it’s all just about the fame and fortune.

  2. ARodRocks says

    Thirding what Jon Caramanica (and Dan) said about Eric Church. Eric Church is everything that he mocks in “Lotta Boot.” Does he even realize it though or is he too dense?


    • says

      She has quite a few songs with a cool country vibe, not to mention her album with The Little Willies. If she ever decides to make a country album, I think she’s developed enough street cred with country fans to pull it off.

  3. says

    Just echoing everyone’s comment about a Norah Jones country record. Has anyone heard her version Waylon’s “Wurlitzer Prize,” it is quite good.

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