Quotable Country – 04/01/13 Edition

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One of the best songs on my iPod is ‘I Drive Your Truck.’ I just happened to be driving — not my truck, but my Prius — and I heard it, and it’s just got so much going for it, including a very strong anti-war message. I love that song. When someone puts that together with the same kind of chords and the same instrumentation and the same words from the English language, but shapes it in a new way, I just love it.
– – Kevin Bacon says Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” is anti-war. Who are you to argue with Kevin Bacon?

That was another thing on our bucket list, a [Band Perry] cupcake.
– – Reid Perry reveals that getting their own cupcake was high on the list of The Band Perry’s career/life aspirations. What are the odds he’s joking?

He is a ramped-up Elvis. His stage performance and persona are extraordinary. His genuineness and sincerity are evident in everything he does. And most important, his songs are right in the pocket. This one is going to be a force for a long time.
– – Mike Dungan, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, on Luke Bryan. Troubling.

In Nashville, somebody wrote an article that said, ‘Why are these guys recording an album with these quote-unquote dinosaurs?’ Which was really offensive to us! But I think we proved them wrong.
– – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna on Will the Circle Be Unbroken, now available as a remastered vinyl set to commemorate 40+ years since its original release in 1972.

OFFSTAGE: It’d Sure Be Cool If Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Had a Baby
– – It’d Sure Be Cool If Alison Bonaguro Didn’t Post Such Insipid Stuff.

I just got back from the doctor, and I’ve got bronchitis. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
I’m hoping to get some rest, and I need to get these meds down me.
– – Lately, Taste of Country’s Jeremy Robinson has actually been beating Bonaguro for sheer pointlessness.

I like the weather, I guess. That would be hard not to. My favorite thing about Los Angeles is there are businesses that you can call, and they will deliver groceries to your house. I’m talking about, “Hey, will y’all go get me a bottle of vodka, a bag of ice and some Doritos? And I’m working on getting one of those medical cards, so y’all can bring me some cookies.” They’ll bring all that stuff right to your house. You don’t even have to leave. I never leave the house when I’m in Los Angeles unless I’m going to The Voice, ever.
– – Blake Shelton on what he likes about California.

I’ve been writing songs the way [the Pistol Annies] write for 11 years and had been doing it for five years when I heard ‘Gunpowder and Lead.’ I was like, ‘Well, thank God somebody else is telling the truth besides me.’ Because I was just ready to go home. I had poured my heart into these songs and people were so afraid of them. I could not get in. Then [Miranda] heard the same songs I’m talking about and she said, ‘Call her. She’s in.’
– – Angaleena Presley, saved by the grace of Lonestar Annie.

We’re doing a tribute to Ernest Tubb. I’m gonna do his method with my voice. We’re also gonna do a tribute to Bob Dylan with some of his songs that I like – “Blowin’ in the Wind,” stuff like that.
– – Merle Haggard is working on a couple new tribute albums, including one where he’ll dig deep for some Dylan song called “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

The depth of the art form [right now] is pretty shallow, mostly mechanical effects brought about from electronics. But I think this kid Hunter Hayes is the greatest thing that’s happened. He writes the songs and plays the instruments and stays in key. He’s a good ‘un.
– – For all the other Haggard idiosyncrasies, his over-the-top adoration of Hunter Hayes might still be the strangest. (Yes, I’m aware that Hayes writes/sings/produces/plays every instrument imaginable/wears impossibly tiny t-shirts. But “the greatest thing that’s happened”?)

It’s nice talking to somebody with a southern accent. I can understand you (laughs). You know, we say, “I don’t care. I’ll do that.” That means to me that I’ll help you. So I said to this guy, “I don’t care. I’ll do that.” But that meant to him that I didn’t want to do it. That’s one of the things I’m talking about, and it’s just how screwed up our country is today.
– – Alabama’s Randy Owen figures everyone everywhere not understanding his muddled Southern sayings is evidence that the entire country is going to hell in a handbasket. Imagine how much better these United States would be if we all just thought and spoke in exactly the same way.

I never had a problem with any of it. I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from.
– – Willie Nelson on gay marriage.

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  1. Sarah says

    I saw Hunter Hayes at a folk festival when he was ten, and he played the accordian and sang real Cajun music and it was great. I’ll always have a big of a soft spot for him, in a way that you have to for anyone who you saw as a cute little ten-year-old, and I’m even sort of proud of him for making it in country. However, I’m much more sorry that all the ten-year-old talent was wasted by making it with music that sucks. Merle Haggards love for him (unqualified by “when he was ten”) strikes me as odd.

    I hope Blake and Miranda never have a baby so we don’t have to hear about it.

    Seems like there were an unusual number of quotes from people saying dumb things this week. It’s a little depressing.

  2. Mike Wimmer says

    “I Drive Your Truck” is probably the best song Lee Brice has cut and one of the better songs on Country Radio right now, but I dont really see how it’s an anti-war song. At all. It may deal with the sad reality that war brings for a lot of Americans and their families, but let’s not kid ourselves, “I Drive Your Truck” steers pretty clear of taking any stand in regards to war. It isnt a Rise Against song.

    As I said over on engine145, I’m very curious what Luke Bryans career does over the next few years, he has gone hard for a very young audience and I dont know how long they will maintain interest in him.

    I think Haggard is probably talking about Hunter Hayes potential. Who knows if it every becomes reality, but I could see him writing some pretty good stuff as he gets older and gets more life experience and is able to break away from the “teenish heartthrob” role he and his record label are going after.

  3. says

    This is a strange collection of utterances. Hag does seem to have a not-to-be-condemned fixation on folks who finish up their sung syllables completely, sustaining the note on pitch w/o digital assistance…he said some very flattering things about Toby Keith on that basis a while back. I guess HHayes fits that bill?

    I moved to California two years ago. Didn’t know that the only thing holding me back from the Big Time was snubbing the vodka and Doritos diet…!

  4. says

    PS, I grew up in South Carolina and worked in Mussel Shoals and Huntsville and I don’t know what the HELL Randy Owens is talking about…must be a Ft. Payne thang!!!

    Reminds me of a BBC detective series I heard about…set in a national Scotland Yard office. The producers decided to try letting the actors use their various authentic regional accents and the deluge of complaints came…folks could not follow the story…

  5. Luckyoldsun says

    Haggard also said in that interview that Hank Williams was a Mid-Westerner.

    As far as Merle goes, I just enjoy a lot of his music. I don’t try to make heads or tails out of anything he says or try to find any sense in it.

    • Eric says

      “Hank Williams was a Mid-Westerner”

      Pretty severe case of memory loss there. I hope Merle does not have Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia.

    • Eric says

      According to the interview, he also called Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, and the Texas Playboys all “Midwestern”. This could be a case where the reporter mis-transcribed “Southern” as “Midwestern”.

      • Luckyoldsun says

        I guess I consider all those Texans to be south-western, so I let that go. But reading that a guy who’s always been associated with Alabama is a Mid-Westerner made me stop and take notice.


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