Quotable Country – 02/27/11 Edition

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This record didn’t take long at all. It was so much great communication, and everybody was always on time. God, I don’t think I’ve ever been on time for a studio session. Not this one, man. I was there. And I don’t think that we had a real booger.
- – Gregg Allman on recording with T Bone Burnett, his first booger-free experience in the studio. Hmm, okay.

I saw the Justin Bieber movie Never Say Never over the weekend. And I think I speak for most girls when I say, “Oh! My! God!” He is seriously talented and completely adorable. Especially that signature shaggy side-swept hair of his.
- – It’s been a while since Alison Bonaguro surprised me.

We were all hanging out in the studio and out of the blue, he said, ‘Carrie, watch!’ And he pushed the pillows off of the couch with both arms and held them above his head and he said, ‘Look how strong I am!’ It was like, ‘Wow, the instinct is there already!’
- – Brad Paisley’s 4-year-old son Huck has been trying to woo Carrie Underwood.

I take pride in being part of a genre that cares so much about their lyrical content. The songs that we sing make sense and they’re thought-out and sometimes they’re even pretty brilliant lyrically. I think Keith [Urban] was the best of both worlds, musically and lyrically. He really spoke to me.
- – JaneDear Girl Danelle Leverett loves great country lyrics. Just not so much singing them.

They are young, youthful and fun. [...] They are covering a spot that is missing in country music.
- – Scott Hendricks, senior vice president of A&R for Warner Music Nashville, on the JaneDear Girls.

The GQ magazine writer who recently interviewed Billy Ray didn’t seem to understand how country people have their dreams come true and their prayers answered. Tongue-in-cheek comments by the writer led me to believe he doesn’t really understand anything about Billy Ray, especially his faith. People like that are more to be pitied than scolded.
- – Hazel Smith doesn’t care for wiseacres. We’d never get along.

It’s like playing a holy grail.
- – Keith Urban on Waylon’s guitar, which apparently strums like a chalice.

He wanted to write a song about what makes country music as a format unique from all the other genres of music. There are no topics that are forbidden, unless they are risqué. That’s where the idea stemmed from.
- – Chris DuBois on cowriting “This Is Country Music” with Brad Paisley. Nothing’s forbidden… unless it’s risque?

The song jumped around quite a bit over the years. It was cut by Miranda Lambert when she was on ‘Nashville Star.’ Had she won, that would have been her first single, but Buddy Jewell won that year, so that never happened. Then it was cut by a couple of other artists through the years. It sat there forever.
- – Jennifer Hanson reveals that “Country Strong” could have been Miranda Lambert’s debut single.

But at the same time … a music service like Pandora is just music, whereas a radio station provides a lot of entertainment and information and human contact. That’s one of radio’s great strengths.
I’ll never forget when recordable cassettes came out. I said, “We’re done. People can now record their favorite music and listen to it in their car without having to listen to me talk.”
But that’s not the case, because people like that companionship factor. You may be able to order shoes online, but that doesn’t mean you’ll quit going to Off Broadway shoes because you like to go down the aisle and reach in the bins and have that tactile experience. It comes down to who serves up the best program.
- – Country Radio Broadcasters executive director Bill Mayne on the survival of radio in the Pandora/iPod age.

I wouldn’t necessarily think of Sugarland as country music, really. That’s what I love about country. It’s the new everyone music.
- – American Idol finalist Casey James loves country music the most when it doesn’t resemble country music. Yep, I expect Sugarland should be right up his alley.

You find when you’re writing — I noticed when I was a signed country recording artist — I always had fun writing. I always felt I could write whatever I wanted to write. I thought it was great. It was when I started getting into the studio — or even before I would get into the studio — it was always the discussion about, ‘Why this one? Why that one?’ It never had anything to do with, ‘Well it just sounds good.’ That was never the go-to solution. It made me frantic. I cannot do that anymore.
- – Sarah Buxton explains her decision to focus on songwriting for the time being.

I don’t give a damn about your yellow buzzards.
- – Johnny Cash after an oil leak in his camper caused the Los Padres National Wildlife Refuge to catch fire, killing most of the endangered condors. In his defense, he might have been on meth at the time.

Elizabeth Cook got her dad to hawk merchandise from his kitchen. Possibly the cutest sales video ever.

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  1. Ben says:

    I wonder how Alison Bonaguro reacted to the news that Justin Bieber cut his hair?

    Hazel Smith just entered the “I can tell who this is without scrolling down to the name” category.

    In our search to find the next great savior of traditional country music, it is becoming plainly obvious that it’s not going to come off of American Idol. I remember when Danny Gokey came out, I was just thinking “Please don’t go country. Just don’t touch my country, okay?”

  2. Hazel Smith just entered the “I can tell who this is without scrolling down to the name” category.

    ROTFLMAO. As I read the second line, I thought, “this has to be a Hazel Smith quote.” Sure enough…

    And WHAT companionship factor? Sorry, but syndication and voice-tracking are two of the biggest reasons I don’t listen to terrestrial radio anymore. (Why would a radio listener want to compete with a nationwide audience when said listener wants to request a song — or, in the case of voice-tracking, not be able to get through to a deejay at all?!) And when they get rid of deejays who have been at stations for, say, 20-30 years (as has happened with, for example, KILT in Houston), that whole “companionship” concept is really damaged — destroyed, even.

  3. Leeann Ward says:

    I haven’t missed that companionship factor at all.

  4. Me neither, but I will say this regarding the Houston station:

    I spent a couple of years in the late ’90s-early ’00s in College Station, Texas, about 95 miles northwest of Houston on the fringes of the KILT signal. I listened to it often, static and all, because they played a pretty good mix. I had to leave the area for a couple of years, but as fate would have it I found myself living in the Golden Triangle area, about 90 miles east of Houston — again, on the fringes of KILT — a couple of years later. When I tuned in again I heard all those deejays on the station who were there when I was listening to the station before. (I spent a good amount of time down by Galveston where the station came in better, too…) I must admit I thought it was pretty cool to hear them still. It was like catching up with old friends, even if I knew none of them personally. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were those who saw their longtime personalities the same way.

    • Leeann Ward says:

      I agree with you there. I grew up with certain personalities that I loved as I was growing up and learning country music, but they’re not around anymore. I’d love it if I could hear them again and they were allowed the freedom that they had then.

  5. Oh, and uh…what did Chris DuBois think “The Pill” was about? A revolutionary new cure for the headache?

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