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It’s almost like we’ve captured a whole chapter, and we’ll have it forever. Whether it makes five dollars or $5 million, it’s something I’ll show my kids one day and go, ‘Your dad had it goin’ on at some point.’ ●
- – Kenny Chesney on his new 3-D concert film. He added: “And when I say ‘my kids,’ I mean the hypothetical glimmers of hope that keep this 41-year-old muscle-shirted manchild surviving from one day to the next. And did I mention I’m not gay, because I’ve slept with literally hundreds of women?”
Now that I hear country music today and a lot of these newer artists, I’m going, ‘Man, I grew up with the George Joneses and the Merle Haggards, the Loretta Lynns and the Patsy Clines. I got the opportunity to sing with Vince Gill and Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw.’ I feel like I’m a hundred years old. ●
- – Patty Loveless.
Well, when I don’t hear twin fiddles and a steel guitar, I think I must be listening to just another rock song. And I don’t really like it. So when I first saw this Rascal Flatts video for “Unstoppable,” with so much guitar and not much else, I was not a fan. But then I remembered, “Oh yeah, I love this song.” ●
- – Rascal Flatts is no Pearl Jam, but Alison Bonaguro’s tortured logic is as compelling as ever.
Take note Taylor Swift. Miranda’s songwriting has more depth in one line than the entire “Fearless” album. ●
- – Comment on CMT Blog post about “The House That Built Me,” which Miranda didn’t write.
I’ve always said there’s not much to retire from. It’s not really hard work. This is a business. This is a job. You have to work, commit and be dedicated. It’s also fun and rewarding, and it’s not near as hard work as most of my fans have to do for a living. It’s hard to complain. ●
- – Alan Jackson keeps his job in perspective.
I do all of my songs that are good for the show in the show, and following [set closer] ‘Independence Day’ isn’t easy, so I decided to have a fun moment. We all grew up listening to ’80s rock music, and it’s a chance for the whole audience to be immediately transported back and just have a fun time. ●
- – Martina on encoring with “Livin’ On a Prayer,” because it’s inconceivable that a country audience could have a fun time singing along to a country song.
Q: What’s something you’ve learned being on the road with Swift?
A: Incorporate glitter and sparkly things to your stage outfits. It looks great. ●
- – Cheyenne Kimball is taking notes.
Yet a lot of what I write now I can’t perform on the Opry. It’s like the material is banned—too heavy, too risque, whatever. I can’t perform what I write, so when I go out there, I stick to the country roots stuff that the audience there wants to hear, that I love to do. It’s a great outlet for me to get to go do that. Friday night I sang with Rodney Crowell. We’ve been toying around with doing some duet stuff. We went out there and just did a couple of old country duets and it was so fun. ●
- – Elizabeth Cook follows her own muse.
Later, the stage became a virtual forest with a giant rope and swing hanging from a fake tree limb. Underwood swung high into the air while still managing to hit all the right notes on the poignant ”This Is Just a Dream.”
Even more spectacular was her emerging high above the crowd in the back of an airborne, blue pickup truck, singing John Denver’s ”Country Roads.” ●
- – Carrie Underwood’s headlining show is a whole lot of spectacle.
The problem is that this country/jam troupe doesn’t really excel in either realm. The country singles all sound pretty standard, like something Brad Paisley or Toby Keith might use for B-sides, and they’re full of lyrics that mine familiar subject matter in all-too familiar ways.
Unfortunately, that’s the plus side of the equation. The 10-minute instrumental jam near the start of the show, for instance, was such a self-indulgent bore that at times I felt like I was watching Umphrey’s McGee. ●
- – Zac Brown Band gets some rare less-than-glowing press from the Oakland Tribune.
Good country, in my opinion, has blood, sweat and tears poured into it. When I listen to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Wayland Jennings, David Allen Coe and, of course, Conway Twitty – I’m kidding about that last one – I hear real sorrow, real joy and real hardship. I don’t hear this in most country today.
A lot of fans of the country legends past (listed above) have been wondering when our savior would come to rescue us from the high-pitched, emasculated, dreadful remnant of country that plays on the radio these days.
Ryan Bingham is that savior. ●
- – Some guy at the University of Houston’s student newspaper – presumably a big Wayland fan – gets a little carried away in his praise of Ryan Bingham.
There’s only one scenario under which I could ever see myself respecting the likes of Ryan Bingham:
If he were doing all of this (i.e. writing horrible lyrics, masquerading as a hardened road-weary cowboy, and being embarrassingly clumsy on the guitar) on purpose — as a joke — then I would give Bingham a pass on everything he does. Because if you think about it, that would be hilarious. All of these douche bag posers (like yourself), who have been waiting their whole lives for a way to listen to Goo Goo Dolls-esque music cloaked in a country music facade, will have been duped by Ryan Bingham, an unlikely comedic genius, in an elaborate practical joke on his loser fan base. However, until he convinces me otherwise, I will assume he’s being serious, and I will continue spreading the gospel truth: Ryan Bingham is a hack, and his fans are complete morons. ●
- – Commenter Jesus H. Christ gives aforementioned guy at student newspaper a piece of his mind.
Q: Wynette has a reputation — based mostly on “Stand by Your Man” — for being an anti-feminist mouthpiece, but she obviously paved the way for a lot of women in country. Do you think it’s fair to call her anti-feminist?
A: I think that’s horribly reductive. Tammy wore lime-green pantsuits! Proudly! ●
- – Jimmy McDonough, author of Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen, a book whose title is presumably based on more than lime-green pantsuits… which are, yes, pretty tragic.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about sxsw this year?
A: We played last year and had a blast. We had a bunch of shows the last day and I got really drunk. Then we went to this industry party and I got even more wasted and was throwing hamburgers out of a second story window at people on the street. The sad part is that they were kinda fancy hamburgers that were probably pretty good. Also I thought the people I was throwing hamburgers at were just pedestrians but they were coming to the party we were at so it was kind of awkward when they walked in. ●
- – Nikki Darlin of punk-country act Those Darlins.
I just call you mine
To be honest, that’s because
I forgot your name ●
- – Country Haiku on Martina.
SPECIAL SECTION – Country music, as defined by Danny Gokey fans.
Wow, quite the unimaginative review. I guess its easy to say he’s ‘Christian singer” because he used to sing Gospel and has positive messages on some songs. And not country enough? Wake up and smell the coffee. Country is a place where faith can be talked about. ●
- – Country music is… Interchangeable with gospel music.
Where do you draw the line? When you infringe on Danny’s right to sing what he WANTS to! It’s called free speech! He once said that he didn’t want to take the Christian Music route because he wanted to reach more people with his message in song, and he does like to sing songs with a message ~ so that’s why he went country. ●
- – Country music is… A popular genre consisting of Christian message songs, but no particular musical features or historical legacy with which newcomers should familiarize themselves. If you disagree with this characterization, you are most likely infringing on Danny Gokey’s free speech rights.
Danny Gokey could have gone any direction. Right now country is a great place for him. Later, he can cross over to other types of music. I thought to be country all you had to do is Love and Respect this country we live in? What is the norm for country, or the requirements. There isn’t any. ●
- – Country music is… A temporary stop on the way to better things, a characterless catch-all format with no distinctive musical features, open to all singers who ‘love and respect’ their country, regardless of style… but not regardless of country, since it’s assumed that the home country ‘we’ all love and respect is the U.S. (Sorry, citizens of the 87 other countries that visited this site last month. Crazed Danny Gokey fan has spoken.)