Quotable Country – 03/18/12 Edition

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The old Dylan was only 30. I don’t know why they f***ing needed a new Dylan.
– – Bruce Springsteen, in his SXSW keynote address, on being labeled the “new Dylan” back in the ’70s.

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents in the summer. My grandpa died when I was fourteen. He had emphysema and was real frail. He didn’t really deal with the cold a lot, but would stay out on the porch where he could stay warm, and I’d sit out there with him.
– – Tracy Lawrence offers some of the personal history behind “If the World Had a Front Porch.”

But what fascinated me about Rucker wearing this $20 shirt and jeans is that he looks like he could care less about his stage clothes. In a good way. Like his wardrobe isn’t the priority, his music is. I’m guessing Rucker sounds just as excellent in this kind of shirt as he would in a designer one that cost 10 times as much. Maybe I’m reading too much into his outfit, and maybe Rucker never intended to send such a message with this shirt. But I do think keeping the show’s focus off the bells and whistles and on the songs is the right thing to do.
– – Alison Bonaguro wrote up a show in which Darius Rucker kept the focus squarely on music… by obsessing over the shirt he wore, which she also owns. I do not understand why this article was written.

But she goes on “Lay me down on a bed of roses”. Already you can imagine her relatives thinking “What the f*ck?” I mean she’s dead, we’re not trying to screw her (one would hope). She’s not Princess Diana or a Viking Queen, she’s just a singer. But here she is wrapped up in a sheet and now lying on a specially constructed bed made of flowers. It seems a bit over the top already. Wouldn’t a coffin do? We could chuck some petals in after you. Are you sure you want to be lying in state, especially given that in all likelihood if you have died “young” (presuming that’s under 30) then you were probably in quite a bad accident. At least if you’re in a sheet then we won’t be able to see your scars and burns.
– – English comedian Richard Herring deconstructs The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.” Click through for the whole thing. Pretty funny stuff. Thanks to Twitter pal Sam B for the tip.

I could never shoot a possum. I’d feel like I was dis-respecting George Jones. (Google Possum George Jones for those that don’t catch that)
– – Know how it kills a joke when you try to explain it? Apparently, John Rich doesn’t.

There are a lot of artists making what I think is some of the best new country music being made. And they are so far under the radar, mainstream country would never even think to know about them. It’s amazing to me because these artists know they have no hope at commercial radio. They know there’s no outlet at all. It’s not like rock where a new young rock band can do something and have a shot. If you’re doing something that’s on the edge of country, you’re doing it only because you love doing it. The interesting thing with [“The Long Road Ahead”] is that the chorus is basically saying, whatever you do, don’t stop. Don’t stop playing. If you stop, our songs are silenced.
– – Shooter Jennings, whose new album Family Man has been receiving mostly positive reviews.

It’s disheartening. I watch [enough TV] so that I can do my civic duty but I can’t watch for very long. It just makes you crazy. I don’t know where the ethics are. They all need to go live with some cowboys for a while.
– – Jewel on campaign season.

I hear so many of the young people today sing and I think they have a good voice, yet I wonder if they’ll ever know that they sound alike. I still like to see it come from their heart. Sometimes it needs to bypass the head. […] When I came to Nashville, there was room for a million but only one of each. We tried very hard not to sound like anyone else. We had to be different or we couldn’t have gotten in at the time I was here.
– – Connie Smith thinks a lot of these whippersnappers still need to find their voice.

More recently on February 5, 2012, Assad sent Asma the lyrics to a country song by singer Blake Shelton.
“I’ve been walking a heartache / I’ve made a mess of me / The person that I’ve been lately / Ain’t who I wanna be,” the first verse read.
According to the Guardian, the exchange was “laden with self-pity.”
– – Email from Syrian president Bashar Assad to his wife, in the middle of an uprising and military crackdown that have killed an estimated 8,000 people.

We have enough material to record another album any time, but for now I am focusing on supporting my newest album, “Four the Record,” with my “On Fire” tour. Later in the year, who knows?
– – Miranda Lambert says another Pistol Annies album could happen as soon as late 2012.

It’s going to take more than a year. I realized that in a hurry. I feel like I am campaigning door to door. You just can’t step out of a band like Brooks & Dunn and assume that it is just going to be business as usual. You have to work it. It does feel like a campaign where you would have Obama, Romney, or Newt beating the bushes right now. That’s what I’m having to do. I’m going out and playing clubs, and bars and stuff – just to reacquaint myself with people. I’ve always been the quiet guy in the band, and I have to go out and make people see there is potential here. It can talk.
– – Ronnie Dunn on the struggle to establish himself as a solo artist.

There are some things that she and I draw the line at. If we ever get to the point where we don’t fold our own towels and underwear, we need to get our asses kicked.
– – Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will not require laundry service.

Q: What made you decide to do those four albums all at once?
A: It’s mainly being different in the music business. I don’t think anyone else has ever done what I’ve done- released four records across three different genres ever. It’s my way to make my part in the music business, and I’ve always kinda gone against the grain, and it’s just another way for me to be different out there.
– – Hank III forgets Vince Gill and These Days.

I was with a group of people that was in Nashville because Kris Kristofferson had been there before us and we thought that country music could be art. And it can be, but the business doesn’t always stand still for it, so it’s a struggle.
– – Steve Earle.

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  1. says

    Seeing as Darius Rucker clearly puts his music ahead of his clothes, you’d think that I would get more out of his music…

  2. ChurchsChicken says

    Bonaguro is an idiot and her thinking doesn’t make sense. She seems to think that because Mr. Rucker wore a $20 shirt on stage that Mr. Rucker doesn’t care much about his stage clothing. But that makes no sense: Rucker could have picked the shirt quite deliberately and had a thought out reason for wearing that particular shirt. The fact that somebody wears something cheap doesn’t imply that they didn’t think carefully about their wardrobe.

    In any event, Bonaguro praises Rucker for allegedly caring more about the music than about his wardrobe but so many of Bonaguro’s writings about country singers discuss virtually everything but their actual music. So I find it odd that this statement would come from her.

  3. badrockandroll says

    You are on a desert island, and you have to choose:

    Darius Rucker’s music OR a Nudie shirt …

  4. Rick says

    Why am I not surprised Spruce is a potty mouth? At least he said recently he won’t be actively campaigning for Obama this go round, although he still plans on voting for him! Rumor has it Spuce’s next album will be titled “Born To Be A Useful Idiot”! Plans are already being made for a stage musical version much like has been done for Green Day’s “Amerikan Idiot”…

    What can I say about Alison Bonaguro that hasn’t already been said here? She is the embodiment of the “Airhead Soccer Mom” demographic so coveted by Top 40 Country radio these days. Its scary to think Alsion is literally the voice of her generation and the typical white female Obamavoter as well….

    I’d much prefer that Miranda focus on the Pistol Annies than her own music, but that’s just me (and apparently a whole lot of country music critics judging by the Best Of 2011 year end album lists).

    I think Steve Earle, like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and Joan Baez before him, has confused and comingled art with leftist political crap to the point they’ve become inspeparable and insufferable. I agree with the above quote from Steve, but consider his definition of “art” both highly suspect and distorted. To me art is epitomized by Rembrandt, to liberals its Robert Mapplethorpe and artwork like “Piss chr*st”. Just pathetic…


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