Quotable Country – 06/17/12 Edition

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Our country was founded on the principle that it welcomes people of all cultures and gives them the same rights we have as citizens. However, I feel compelled to echo the faith or our forefathers who all believed in God and a respect of a higher authority. Personally, denying the children of PS 90 to sing “God Bless the USA,” offends me as a Christian. My song is about hope, faith, spirit and pride. How could that be wrong on any level?
- – Via email press release, Lee Greenwood reacts to his song “God Bless the USA” being pulled from a kindergarten graduation ceremony. I guess he doesn’t have more important things to worry about…?

I’m a big believer in not riding my dad’s coattails.
- – Thomas Rhett, son of a Peach Picker.

The Pistol Annies are pretty [f*ckin'] great! This defies all common sense, because the Pistol Annies is the name of a supergroupy kinda project undertaken by a N***ville megastar, Miranda Lambert, and involves N***ville players and producers doing the kind of trailer-trashy swagger and pottymouth cornpone that is the trademark of O**tl*w C**n*ry and B*******t Records….I mean, it’s like the deacon farting in his own church, and using his own organist to accompany.
- – Robbie Fulks. Note that censoring the F word was me chickening out; Fulks left that intact while censoring “Nashville” and the rest. Funny fella. And he likes the Pistol Annies.

A friend gave it to me and said, ‘Here, Kenny, you have to learn to attach to something!’ God’s honest truth!
- – Kenny Chesney at 44: Friends randomly giving him dogs.

This is probably one of the happiest songs I’ve ever heard. I mean, it’s like if you’re a happy person and you listen to this song, you’ll probably end up like Richard Simmons. It’s just so happy.
- – Josh Turner on “Find Me a Baby” from Punching Bag.

It actually kind of wears me out to try to keep it this way. When I’m clean-shaven, my face gets irritated, and when I grow it out too long, it gets itchy and exposes gray hairs. So I have to keep it this same length all the time.
- – Josh Turner on stubble.

As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love. [...] Our church is gay friendly. Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.
- – I’m liking this new, slightly bolder Carrie Underwood. The fundamentalist fans getting all riled up about a simple statement of compassion, not so much.

I’ve been fighting and trying and scratching and pawing. I’ve sold a million records, I’ve had four million downloads, but for some reason I haven’t broken through to radio. Some people seem to be afraid of me. I’m a pretty sweet guy, to be honest with you. I know I’m different. I know I don’t sound like George Strait, but everybody shouldn’t sound the same. All I want is the chance to be heard, and let the fans decide. That’s all I’ve ever asked for. If they say they don’t dig it, fine, but the fact is they do dig it. The numbers show that.
- – Colt Ford is still waiting on his big mainstream breakthrough.

I like it now. This lady talks to you and you can ask it anything. I just don’t talk much. Small talk [has] just never been my thing.
- – Alan Jackson on the iPhone’s Siri.

It was a crazy day. I walked into a co-write with Tim Nichols and Josh Leo, and I had never met the guys before. I had that idea, ‘Cowboys and Angels.’ Tim had the same idea written down on a piece of paper. It was a freak accident. We were like, ‘Whoa! Apparently we need to write this one today.’
- – Dustin Lynch. How eerily coincidental (as if predestined!) that two Nashville songwriters would independently come up with a title as distinctive as, ahem, “Cowboys and Angels.”

Q: What do you like to listen to? Do you like everything that’s on country radio?
A: No. Absolutely not. I like the Red Dirt music. I live in Oklahoma, and I’m from Texas, so a lot of the Texas music I love. I love country music. I love old stuff. I love to listen to Merle (Haggard) and David Allan Coe and that kind of thing.
- – Miranda Lambert, seeming a bit insulted by the suggestion that she might be a mainstream country radio listener.

The people that me and Trisha Yearwood sold records to are gone, they’ve moved on to something else, because country doesn’t have anything for them today. Now it’s pretty much, with very few exceptions, image driven. They’re just trying to sell an image of what they think is the ‘country’ lifestyle — how country you are or how big your truck is — ‘we drink sweet tea and we drink cold beer.’ That’s fine once in awhile. I think a lot of people are going back to thinking country music is ‘dumb,’ the way they did prior to those days when Garth and everyone was doing well.
- – Collin Raye on today’s country music.

I shaved it off one time in the early 90s after a couple albums and everyone freaked out… [I] had to grow it back before someone burned a cross in my yard.
- – Alan Jackson on the mustache.

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About C.M. Wilcox

A freelance writer and humorist with an abiding love of country music, C.M. Wilcox's cutting, clear-eyed take on the genre has drawn the attention of Country Weekly, The Washington Post, and The Tennessean in the years since this site began. C.M. lives near Sacramento and can be reached by email at CMW (at) countrycalifornia.com.

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  1. “I think a lot of people are going back to thinking country music is ‘dumb,’ the way they did prior to those days when Garth and everyone was doing well.”

    Yeah, so? Why would anyone give such an uninformed, narrow-minded, bigoted opinion any credence whatsoever? I feel pretty comfortable saying that those who thought country music before 1991 was “dumb,” quite simply, have more than a few missing brain cells themselves.

  2. BamaDan says:

    I thought you might add Carrie’s quote of supporting gay marriage this time. It is what it is. I can’t agree with that and the idea of a “gay friendly church” but I’m done debating with people. If Carrie and Mike support that then so be it. I’ve probably bought my last Carrie album.

    • C.M. Wilcox says:

      Surprised that one interview could turn off a big Carrie fan like yourself, Dan. Guess it just goes to show that making any sort of social/political/religious stand is always going to alienate someone. Or a lot of someones, as the case may be.

  3. Trailer says:

    I actually agree with Colt Ford. Country radio should broaden their playlists so a lot more songs get a chance with the listeners. That way, every country fan could hate Colt Ford’s music as much as I do!

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