Quotable Country – 02/16/14 Edition

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all the dudes are jealous and all the girls would bang him
– – Country California commenter on Brantley Gilbert.

I was still skeptical, but when the video came out one of the critics wrote, ‘It’s only been out six hours and it’s already 2014’s worst song.’ When I heard that, I knew I nailed it.
– – Billy Ray Cyrus on the “Achy Breaky Heart” rap remix, employing some heretofore unknown definition of ‘nailing it.’

Often on this album, Mr. Church seems so keen to talk up his tough-guy values that it suggests his own self-doubt, or a desire to draw attention away from the fact that, deep down, he wants and loves exactly the same things that many of his less-heralded contemporaries do.
– – The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica on The Outsiders, in a piece aptly titled “He’s a Real Rebel: He’ll Tell You Himself.”

I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap. The things I’m singing about are not controversial to me, I don’t push buttons to push buttons. I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through. I know not everyone is going to relate to everything I’m saying, but that doesn’t make me a rebel. When Hank Williams sang about addiction and cheating and heartbreak and hating his life, he wasn’t being rebellious, he was being real.
– – Don’t call Kacey Musgraves a rebel.

My job is to be a poet for the common man. That’s what Merle Haggard is.
– – Dierks Bentley sets his sights high.

A case in point is Justin Moore. With three albums and some No. 1 singles, the Arkansas native might not be what you’d consider new by industry standards. But for many country fans, he’s still a fresh face on the scene. (Call it my girly side, but I’ve never found anything wrong with being called a “fresh face.”)
[…] Does the timeline of an artist’s big breakthrough really matter anymore? Does it matter how long they’ve been in Nashville or on the road? Does it matter how long it takes them to get that first hit — to nail that nomination — to be considered established and not a fresh face? I think not.
– – CMT’s Samantha Stephens, completely missing the point that the ACM is flagrantly ignoring its own criteria for New Artist of the Year to put Justin Moore in the category. Saving Country Music has more.

I’m not really a huge advice-giver. Because I’ve had a long enough career, even at this point, where I’ve seen stuff where I was like, ‘I absolutely will never, ever do blank!’ And then I’m like, ‘Crap, I have to do blank.’
– – Chris Young says the music business requires a certain, uh, flexibility of personal principles.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this much effort could go into saving unborn babies?
– – Gretchen Wilson, responding to Twitter backlash over her willingness to fill one of those sweet SeaWorld concert slots vacated by the likes of Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride over questions raised by the “Blackfish” documentary concerning the safety and humaneness of keeping killer whales in captivity.

I was an uncomfortable fit as a kid. I guess you’d have to talk to the school psychiatrist they started sending me to when I was 10, but if you at your core have some kind of artist inside you and you’re living in a place with limited access to the things that nurture that, it can be uncomfortable.
– – Rod Picott to Peter Cooper. His new album is Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail.

I liked being the girl who had a canoe on my car, and who listened to country records out the window and everybody went, ‘What’s going on with her?’
– – Suzy Bogguss on high school.

I’m not McDonald’s. I’m not 1 billion served. I’m much more in favor of building a Harley-Davidson or a Ferrari and take that 1 or 2 percent of the population who love what we do and super-serve them.
– – Scott Borchetta, puzzlingly.

When I got into the business, at my first CRS in 1997, I remember radio stations saying, “It is not our job to sell records. Our job is to keep listeners tuned in to our station. That is it. If we happen to sell records as a byproduct, that’s fantastic, but it’s not our job.”
To that end, as you were trying to get stations to play your records or play them more, you’d try to convey information such as sales on an album, (but) the majority of stations just didn’t care. That relationship has evolved tremendously to where stations really are looking at those tangible measurements, such as downloads and social activity, to get a gauge on whether records are really working. And there’s a much more symbiotic relationship, not just in words, but actually in action. CBS and Clear Channel both are taking the time to say very proactively, “We want to help you highlight your priorities, we want to help you sell records. We know healthy record labels are a large part of our business.”
– – Jon Loba, executive vice president for BBR Music Group and Country Radio Seminar board member, on radio’s ever-cozier relationship with record labels.

No. The record companies are loyal only to the publishing companies.
– – Clint Black on whether label-artist relations are better now than when he started out.

I am in a good position in my life right now. I can look backwards and I can see my brother Lefty and Ernest Tubb and Johnny Cash and I look in the future and I see Tim McGraw. I have such a great time working with my friends over the years. We have done a lot of shows together and it’s just so much fun working with all these incredibly talented people in this business. That is what gets me from one day to the next.
– – David Frizzell. One of these things is unlike the others.

I’m a curious person who plays a bunch of instruments, and if I’m left alone and inspired about life, that makes me write songs. And I have some people, all over the world, who will come and hear me play those songs. I have exactly what I wanted, I just didn’t know that what I wanted would look like this.
– – Will Kimbrough to Peter Cooper on making a life in ’boutique music.’

I think that the problem that everybody gets into — and this isn’t just country music; to me, this is all popular music — is that we play follow the leader. When something works, ten other people try it. And then a hundred people try it. And when you’re doing that, what you’re doing is you’re chasing success. You’re not chasing who you are artistically. I think that when you do that, regardless of the musical genre, you really pigeonholing the music. You’re really pigeonholing the creativity. And that? I have a problem with that.
– – Eric Church.

I don’t see it as a wonderful hairstyle. I see it more as a mess. Hang it out the window and let ‘er fly.
– – Marty Stuart on Marty Stuart hair.

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  1. Paul W Dennis says

    I offer no kudos to artists who bail on their fans to make a political point. Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride left a lot of fans in the lurch who booked vacation plans specifically to catch their act at Sea World.

    The proper course of action for those artists would have been to accept no further bookings at Sea World but to honor existing commitments. It is not an act of bravery to give in the the PC thought police – it is an act of cowardice. While I am no fan of Gretchen Wilson, I applaud her actions here.

  2. CraigR. says

    Eric Church. My problem with Eric Church is not his music. I love some of his music. I think ” Creepin'” is a little masterpiece. I also think that “Homeboy” is racist. So it is hit or miss where is music is concerned. My problem is that Church’s music is not his problem. My problem is that his mouth, in which ever direction it is speaking from at any given moment, over shadows his work, hinders his songwriting, and makes him look like a fool. How can I continue to listen honestly, and with an open mind, to his music when he is always telling me he is a rebel, he is the cool guy, he is the one that steps aside from the pack? What does Eric Church want from me as a listener. If he let the music speak for itself I would respect him more. But he is always getting in the way of his music. One moment he tells me has written 121 songs, in a very Joseph McCarthy kind of way, the next moment he wants me to see him as a good husband and father, and the next moment he supporting his wild, fighting fans. Quit talking to me!

    I know Willie smokes pot. I know Johnny and June had a passionate affair. I know Loretta’s husband was a cheater. And I know George was a drunk. Those things flavored their music. But at no time did it overpower their music. If substance was still a thing of value in country music, Eric Church would rise or fall within that standard. But style demands a defense. It is an addiction which needs braggarts. And all addicts are manipulators. And that is my problem with Eric Church. He can’t leave well enough alone. He has to seduce me without his music. And I have heard that line before. And it makes me suspicious of his music. And that is a bad place to start listening.


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