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My management called and told me to turn on the TV to The Early Show, and I couldn’t believe they read my name. I feel so blessed to have been embraced and considered a contender in this format. I’m in the same category as George Strait, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney. Wow. ●
- – “Those guys are all so white,” added Darius Rucker.
A lot of people have wanted to kill me over the years, so it’s pretty realistic! ●
- – Jay DeMarcus on CSI’s Rascal Flatts subplot.
Q: What’s the state of the country song? Are you interested in anything you hear on the radio?
A: I can’t listen to the radio much. I haven’t listened to the radio for a long time. I don’t even know if we have a genre anymore. I think that’s the biggest thing I got from touring with Rascal Flatts. There’s not even really a country genre. You’ve got just as much pop as country. I was baffled on that Flatts tour…going, “I just don’t get it.” ●
- – Gary Allan in a 2007 interview with Peter Cooper. (Thanks to Steve Harvey for bringing it to my attention.)
Last time i checked, Gary Allan sings his music and plays it live, for himself, not for the fame. ●
- – Commenter at Country Universe. I wonder how she checked?
It’s kind of like a male Alison Krauss with a Dixie Chicks feel. ●
- – Marty Raybon on his new album. Cannot wrap my head around this description.
Because the audience was made up primarily of radio people, all five acts virtually fell to their knees — not once but repeatedly — to express gratitude that disc jockeys were playing their records. Little wonder then that host Charlie Monk opened the show with, “Welcome to the annual meeting of the American Egotistical Society.” ●
- – Edward Morris on the New Faces Show at CRS. Makes me a little sick just thinking about it.
Even on my first record, we had pedal steel, which is a big country element. I’ve always loved country. I grew up listening to George Jones and Patsy Cline. I think it was about my graduating year in high school, I started getting into Hank Williams Jr. He was singing about whiskey and trucks. The rappers were talking about 40s and low-riders, so to me it was the same thing, really. ●
- – Uncle Kracker, who also reveals the ‘Uncle’ moniker was chosen for its creepiness. Mission accomplished.
Church has been compared numerous times to the likes of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, who were known as rebels or outlaws to the country music industry.
“It’s not like I set out to be like them, with the whole outlaw thing,” Church said. “Just like they didn’t do it like that. It’s just something that happens, when you do something right, and we feel that we are.” ●
- – Eric Church isn’t trying to be an outlaw, y’all, he just is.
Cross Canadian Ragweed is often deemed too rock for country and too country for rock. The names of chief songwriter Canada’s sons, Dierks Cobain and Willy (after Braun) Vedder even echo his divided allegiances. ●
- – Dierks Cobain Canada and Willy Vedder Canada? Poor kids…
Julianne Hough and Dane Cook: More Than Friends? ●
- – Not surprising that Hough would find Cook to her liking, given that he’s one of the least funny men alive.
Is there a type of music that turns the listener into a complete knuckle-dragging Neanderthal? Willing to sacrifice myself for science, over the past few months I have listened to hundreds of hours of music in search of this dreaded musical brain-blocker. I’m sorry to announce that, yes, it’s true. There is a type of music that kills your brain cells. It’s called country music. ●
- – From an article written by a… music teacher. Wow.
The only unconventional wrinkles, so to speak, were saxophone player Don Markham and Merle’s youngest son Ben on guitar, whom the mighty Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission wouldn’t allow on stage because he’s only 17, so he played live, via video link-up, from the tour bus outside.
Merle made hash of what could’ve been an uncomfortable development, “We were able to do something that politicians can’t handle: Comply with the law.” ●
- – From a Merle Haggard concert review in the Edmonton Sun.
Q: Who is your favorite contemporary country artist?
A: Ray Price. [Laughs.] Because he’s still just as great as he was 50 years ago. I mean, he’s in his 80s now and he still sings great. He still sounds like Ray Price, his band still sounds like the Cherokee Cowboys. Every time I see him (and I’ve been lucky enough to see him a few times in just the last year) it’s always great. It gives me goose bumps and sends chills down my spine. ●
- – Chris Scruggs to Nashville Scene.
One time when I was a little kid and my mom was in the studio, I was sitting in the lounge just watching television, and this guy walked in, this kinda shaggy-lookin’ guy, and I was watching Sesame Street and he said “Hey, do you like Big Bird?” and I said “Yeah!” and he said, “You know in the Sesame Street movie I was an actor and I picked up Big Bird when he was hitch-hiking” and I went “Wow, that’s so incredible!” It wasn’t until I was, like, 20 that I realized that was Waylon Jennings. You don’t realize that they’re a different experience until you step outside Nashville or you talk to people who aren’t from here, or didn’t grow up around the music industry that you realize that you had an unusual and wonderful childhood. ●
- – Chris Scruggs again.
Q: So what’s been your most embarrassing moment on TV?
A: Probably the time I messed up the words to the national anthem at Talledega for one of the NASCAR races there. It wasn’t a train wreck … I just sang the first verse two times. But I just tell people it’s because that’s my favorite verse of the national anthem! ●
- – Blake Shelton.
I am very influenced by Jerry Reed, so that little rap section is my Jerry Reed section. The fiddles are going crazy and there’s picking going on, and then the talking above it. Some people say that’s rap, and I say, ‘No, no, no, that’s Jerry Reed!’ I kept thinking what I wanted to do was clogging meets hip hop. ●
- – Laura Bell Bundy on “Giddy On Up.” Clogging + hip-hop = country.
…. no life threatening injuries expected….. ●
- – Jimmy Carter reports on Brad Paisley’s tumble at a Saturday night concert in Charleston, SC. Really, no life-threatening injuries? Because usually when a guy trips and falls, I assume he’s going to die.