Quotable Country – 04/23/12 Edition

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If you’re like me, I’m sure you will be watching Southern Nights on CMT. How could you dare miss it? I want to see who kisses who and why.
– – Hazel Smith is the opposite of me.

I’d love to hear a Johnny Cash come to town, somebody who absolutely defies what’s going on and takes you in another direction. I think that’s what we need to see. I’m hoping for it. Nobody’s been playing different. That hasn’t happened. That’s what I look for.
– – Merle Haggard. Who does Hag need to hear?

I’d gotten to the point where I was keeping people on their feet all night [at arena shows], and that wasn’t really what it was all about for me anymore. I wanted to be able to play more ballads. I want people to listen and not worry about partying all night. […] I’m over the 17 song set list and singing the same thing every night. I want it to be a conversation. The thing about touring, for me, is that it’s so immediate. It’s about creating a memory and sharing this moment. It’s something you can’t download or recreate. It’s something you can tell someone about, but they can’t really experience it unless they were there. It’s really this intimate experience that you share with an audience. I want us all to walk out of there and feel like we’ve shared something.
– – Martina McBride on touring smaller theaters.

With Taylor, it’s not hard country, but her stuff to me is not nearly as pop sounding as some of the other acts that are on country radio. Now they’re sounding more like big pop bands that I heard in the ’70s and ’80s, that kind of sound. […] She’s a great writer. I’ve heard some people sometimes pick at her about her writing, writing about teenage type things, but even that is written well.
– – Alan Jackson comes to the defense of Taylor Swift.

She finished third [on ‘Nashville Star’] and she said, ‘I’m bigger than the person that won.’ And not saying that in a rude way, but she goes, ‘You don’t have to finish first to win ultimately. You just do your best and that’s what’s going to help you win.’ I take that to heart and I finished third on Blake’s team and that means a lot to me.
– – Ousted “The Voice” contestant RaeLynn on motivational words from Miranda Lambert.

We wrote it in a way where I think most girls when hear it will go, ‘That’s me! That’s me! That’s totally me! I’m messy and I like to go out and party.’ Most girls will say, ‘This song is about me.’
– – Rhett Akins on “Hot Mess.” Yep, those Peach Pickers sure do know women.

I’ll speak directly to one [thing Dick Clark said], although I’m paraphrasing him: ‘I know what I work in is fluff. It is feel-good stuff that may not be the most deep or cutting-edge.’ He did use the word ‘fluff’ in talking about some of the shows like ‘American Bandstand,’ the New Year’s specials, just a myriad of productions he was responsible for. I love that he knew himself in that way.
– – Jennifer Nettles appreciates Dick Clark for appreciating good fluff.

I’m better one on one than I am in a group. I’m not the most socially at ease person that I know, [but] I’m better than I used to be. To be honest, if I’ve got nothing to say, I won’t say anything. I’m not a good BSer. I’m terrible at that, and people that know me respect that.
– – Carrie Underwood (via Billboard).

He loved it. I was so curious as to what he was gonna think, and I wasn’t sure how he was gonna take it. I wanted him to take it exactly the way he took it. … I was in New York on the album tour when he heard it. We cried over the phone. But it was really sweet. It was a good moment for us to share. That song helped bring us even closer, and that was my goal.
– – Kellie Pickler on “The Letter,” the 100 Proof song addressed to her father.

I went back to what Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family sang about when they were coming up with what we call country music today. It was the working man, the jailhouse, hard times, good times, it was love, and all those things that people make fun of country music for these days. At the same time, they are very real. If you don’t believe it, turn on the news or pick up the paper or go out on the road and you’ll see the trucks on the highway. Those people in the trucks live real lives, and they’re my fellow road dogs.
– – Marty Stuart on getting back to the heart of country.

I try not to get frustrated because it just is what it is. This business is a (expletive) obstacle course. It truly is. If you get frustrated, you’re sort of just being a (wuss). Things are tough all over. It’s my job to figure it out and to try and stay optimistic and inspired through it all. Because that’s what my heroes did.
– – Jack Ingram on life in the music business.

I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t do this. I’m a good house painter and things like that, and there’s nothing wrong with that work, but I don’t want to do it full-time. I’m just grateful to be here today, for a lot of reasons, but especially because it’s not a good time in the business, and you’re guaranteed nothing unless you’re willing to go out and just grate your ass over it.
– – Life in the music business? Worth grating your ass over, says Justin Townes Earle. Now there’s an image.

You get frustrated still when they won’t play your new material. They’ll play all of your older stuff, but you can’t get exposure for your newer songs.
– – Maybe it’d make Howard Bellamy feel better to know that they’re not really playing much of his old material either? Just trying to help.

I think about this every time I do an interview, and we don’ t seem to ask other people this kind of a question. They do a different job, but they have the same amount of time commitment. It’s just because we’re in the entertainment industry that we’re asked that. This is what I do for a living. I go to work and when I go home, I get to be dad and a husband.
– – How does Craig Morgan balance work and family? Just like anyone else, really.

No matter how much I try to write a song about characters and the interactions they’re having, no matter what I do, I can never make it not come from my own experiences. As an artist, you’re a victim to your environment. I’d like to make up a scenario, but my writing ends up having a lot to [do] with things I’ve felt and observed.
– – Jack White has a new solo album coming out tomorrow.

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  1. Sabra says

    I don’t doubt plenty of women will delight in calling themselves a “Hot Mess,” and there’s not too much more I can say on that without launching into a rant about exactly what is wrong with society as a whole. (I hate the For Dummies books for the same reason, to give you a point of comparison.)

    I can’t say right away who Merle Haggard needs to hear, but I have a feeling he won’t hear them in Nashville. I’m a huge fan of guys like Jason Boland, Hayes Carll, Bleu Edmondson, & Corb Lund, but to be quite honest none of them are hugely original. (I don’t mean it to be a knock at all–Boland, especially, does the traditional country thing VERY well.) The talent is out there, you just have to dig to find it.

    And I’d much rather believe that Carrie Underwood is lying about her BS skills than entertain the thought that she might be perfectly sincere in singing the dreck she does.

  2. WillieWonkaTHEman says

    To me if a guy was going to a rebel in this day an age were everyone is a country artist with a rock band in the background (please shoot me) and talking about dirt roads and crap (that’s all the top 40 guys) I think the rebel in question would be like Hank Sr and the guys from Waaaayyy back.

    Simple 4 x 4 beat steel guitar maybe a fiddle and talking stuff relative to people lives (well the artist life) and maybe that guy would be a rebel. Loose the horsesh@t with the 80s rock covers and the nonstop “country math” as I call it.

    “country math” = mention drinking to excess + Jesus + dirt roads + supporting the troops + some stupid rock solo on the guitar + love a girl/guy and expressing it with used country comparatons + corn and tractors = every hit song in the last 5 years on country radio


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