Quotable Country – 05/13/13 Edition

  

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I really don’t know, but he did seem very fond of his sausage.
- – Roger Williams, president of Williams Sausage Company, on George Jones’ favorite meat or poultry dish.

Imagine you’re George Jones, and every night you’re expected to sing as good as you did on a song like “She Thinks I Still Care.” He was a shy country boy from East Texas walking around with that on his shoulders. He knew people expected him to be the greatest country singer that ever lived. He was the Babe Ruth of country music, and people expected a home run every time.
- – Merle Haggard on George Jones.

That can definitely mess with your music – if you overthink ‘What’s radio going to think,’ or ‘What are these people going to think.’ We’ve grown as singers. Our harmonies have gotten stronger, and we’re writing about where we are right now in our lives. Hopefully, radio will play us. I think that would be amazing. I also have so much faith in our fans that I don’t think I would lose a lot of sleep if it didn’t work with radio. I’m thankful for the chance, but the fans have driven the whole thing.
- – Radio support wouldn’t hurt, says Ashley Monroe, but the Pistol Annies will be fine either way.

I will never f**k with what you do. Even if it fails, you’ll know I gave you the chance to be who you want to be.
- – Lost Highway/UMG Nashville’s Luke Lewis to Kacey Musgraves.

It sounds like old-school country, but the ideas are a little more modern. I do love the juxtaposition. I hope it just makes people think.
- – Kacey Musgraves on Same Trailer Different Park. Her goal is to make people THINK? Talk about being out of step with current trends in country radio…

Even if there were many people up to the physical challenge of mimicking Jones’s untempered sweep of a voice, it’s not something you’d care to hear, like every writer channeling Cervantes. But faint echoes and hand-me-down fragments — John Anderson’s comic crescendoes; Gary Stewart’s quavering, edge-of-tears high notes; Vern Gosdin’s slipperiness and low-register Sensurround (does anyone recall Charlton Heston’s Earthquake?) — are as abundant in country as they are welcome.
- – Robbie Fulks on the George Jones influence.

I’m really into Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and Sam Cooke and a lot of that early Motown stuff. My biggest inspiration was just the soul of Sam Cooke, and I’ve tried to emulate some of that same soul in what I do. [...] I would love to do an album full of Smokey Robinson songs, and Bob Seger and (John) Mellencamp and all that stuff. I think that’d be awesome.
- – Country artist Kip Moore on his influences.

It is with the utmost regret to announce the closing of Eddie Montgomery Steakhouse on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
- – Eddie Montgomery’s restaurant venture ended inauspiciously, with employees learning that they were suddenly out of work by reading a post on the company’s public Facebook page.

“It’z Just What We Do,” the most hip-hop-flavored track, features a shout-out to Bocephus (Hank Williams Jr.) and Jesus, even as [Florida Georgia Line's] Kelley and Hubbard exhort their friends to “call the hotties, tell ‘em about the party so don’t forget the Bacardi, time to get your buzz on, your love on all night long.”
- – Good God.

I think what we have to do as a format is understand that we need to balance it out. If there is some pop stuff, great. If there is some rock stuff, great. However, we should never abandon what made this genre great. We should always find a spot for traditional music, in my opinion.
- – Justin Moore.

“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” was, of course, a crowd favorite, with lines like “we were shining like lighters in the dark in the middle of a rock show.” And he sent the crowd of 13,139 into a frenzy when he and his band mates belted out the Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”
- – From a review of Jake Owen’s opening set at a Jason Aldean show.

If George Strait is the king [of country], then Brad Paisley is the president.
- – Aaron Henningsen of The Henningsens, who will be opening for Brad Paisley this summer. Coincidentally, they’re on the same record label.

My emotional breakdown after Letterman is no secret. The doc says I am immobilized by opportunity. That’s some black fly in your chardonnay shit right there. [...] I don’t want to divulge the ugly details but, yes, I’m in development with Worldwide Pants and have multiple deals with conflicting production companies — kinda like Willie Nelson did with his publishing back when he wrote ‘Crazy.’
- – Elizabeth Cook, in an East Nashvillian article about a new documentary focused on camaraderie and merrymaking in bohemian Nashville. Todd Snider figures prominently.

I love his attitude and he brings a big energy to the stage… He reminds me of a young Hank Jr.
- – Tim McGraw on Brantley Gilbert.

Comments

  1. Chris says

    Agreed, Occasional Hope…just makes me want to freakin’ scream…

    To Kip Moore, thanks but no thanks…

    Jake Owen’s opening set surprises me not a single iota…

    I hope I meet Luke Lewis whenever I get back to Nashville and have a chance to make records, if he’s willing to let me be who I want to be (traditional)

    If Brad Paisley is the president of country music, he needs to be impeached

  2. Sarah says

    I very rarely actually listen to country radio, and I mostly know Florida Georgia Line as a hip-hop-country band that blogs like this make fun of, but I was in a car with country radio on the other day, and heard something that sounded awful even by the standards I’ve come to expect from the pop country I’ve heard. I couldn’t believe how bad it was, and then it turned out to be Florida Georgia Line, and now I’ve gained a new appreciation for how accurate all the criticisms of them are.

    That statement from Elizabeth Cook is good news, and I have more respect for Kacey Musgraves every time she opens her mouth, to sing or to talk.

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