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I don’t know if there are words to describe 20 or 30 hours of sleeping on a sidewalk just to get in to see us at the CMT signing. ●
- – Gary LeVox. I can think of a few words.
If you dont like this song get off this site and let us true americans enjoy AMERICAS theme song ●
- – Comment on a The 9513 review of “Keep the Change,” which is apparently now America’s theme song.
The guys had their guitars and they were playing something kind of bluesy, and Kara’s got such a great R&B sense about her. And I started, ‘Na, na, na-ing’ to whatever they were playing. And they were like, ‘What if that was the hook?’ I said, ‘Aw, I don’t know?’ And before you knew it, we had ‘Uh, uh, uh undo it.’ I mean, who would have thought? How do you write that down on paper? It was something that it didn’t take that long to write and it’s so much fun to sing on stage, and people get into it. If you listen to it twice, you know all the words! ●
- – Carrie Underwood on cowriting “Undo It.” I don’t think songwriting necessarily has to be like pulling teeth, but maybe when it comes that easily…
Life is too short to dance with ugly women. ●
- – Randy Houser repeats some fatherly advice.
What do teenagers see in country music? There are so many country artists nominated for the Aug. 9 Teen Choice Awards show, I’m a little stumped. I mean, it’s not like they can relate to all the songs the nominated artists sing. ●
- – Baffling indeed, Alison Bonaguro! It’s not like artists are producing watered-down, intellectually lazy material specifically designed to appeal to teenagers or anything.
“Ben and I have been writing together since we were 14,” Akins continued. As youngsters, he admitted, they had even tried their hand at rap music. “We even had names. I was the Honeycomb Kid and he was Jam Master B.”
“We don’t write many love songs,” said Akins. “We mostly write chicks, trucks and beer songs.” ●
- – Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip are 2/3 of the songwriting trio informally known as the Peach Pickers, inflicting lists of country cliches on the listening public.
It was at this point that the set turned a bit ugly. After good-naturedly explaining to the crowd that he loved most things, Shelton added, without any noticeable context or provocation, “The one thing I hate is when a grown man wears his pants down below his ass.”
If such creatures were in the audience, Shelton continued, he had a song for them. With that observation made, he swung into “You Can Kiss My Country Ass,” a song entirely unrelieved by wit or amiability and whose message is a boastful intolerance of all those not like oneself. ●
- – Edward Morris. Gotta love it when CMT.com dares to get critical.
Did I love Chuck being in the kitchen? Has a cat got a tail? Did he show me his scraped arms and legs after he fell last week while playing softball at the CMA Music Festival? Did he kiss me right in the mouth? You’re dadgum right, he did. ●
- – Eeek… thanks a lot, Hazel. It’ll take me months to scrub that visual out of my mind.
Whatever I can do to freeze how I look right now, or prolong it, that is what I’m going to work on. ●
- – Blake Shelton thinks he has reached the height of his handsomeness.
What? That would be perfect. He’d fit right in. His voice, his charm, he’s got it all, even at 62. [...] I would welcome Loggins on country radio. In the meantime, I’m going to dust off my 1972 Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In album and find the country in that. ●
- – Alison Bonaguro to Kenny Loggins: “Come on over!”
Hearing little feet running through the house — there’s so many things. Just the tricks you get to play on them over and over again because they’re not smart enough to figure it out; the lies I get to tell them that they believe. ●
- – Trace Adkins on the best part of fatherhood.
Country music is a big wide open space for you to do what you want to do if you’re within a certain realm. That will allow me to do what I want to do, if I go to Nashville. They are going to let me play the guitar, they’re going to let me be edgy and rocky and a little bit bluesy, a little bit old school, a little bit new school. And my country roots — I was born and raised listening to Merle Haggard and George Jones — all of that wrapped up into one big ball is who I am musically, and I’m not going to be able to do that anywhere else. So that’s what I’m hoping for. ●
- – Update: The country hopeful from the latest graduating class of American Idol is Casey James.
Thankfully, Justin, his wife and their baby were out of the home when the burglary occurred. Only his wallet and some of his memorabilia were stolen, while the rest of the house was untouched. Police are still investigating the crime, which reportedly may be the work of an obsessed fan. ●
- – I just hope this wasn’t an elaborate PR scheme concocted to prove that Justin Moore has fans.
Jason [Aldean] has kept tight lipped on what fans can expect this next go around, but his producer, Michael Knox, told The Boot to expect something a little different from the Georgia native — a “country rap” song! ●
- – Hmm. I can’t wait.
My wife would pick George Strait. She thinks he’s gorgeous! Or Kris Kristofferson. When we’re around him, she can barely speak. ●
- – Tim McGraw on being named Country’s Hottest Guy by People Magazine.
I was completely happy and shocked that pop radio was playing me. ‘You Were Meant for Me’ was a country song, a simple shuffle, and I recorded it with a country band from Nashville. It’s surprising, too, because it was getting played next to the Spice Girls. It always (nagged) at me because I always listened to country music when I got in the car, and it always killed me not to hear my stuff on there when I thought it would be a real natural fit. ●
- – Jewel on her country leanings.
You could put her in a time machine in any era and she would have a hit record. ●
- – John Mayer on Taylor Swift.
This is something that helps everyone, from us country musicians to the rockers. The Internet is where we all get a chance; I don’t have to pay anyone or beg anyone to play my songs. After I get the website completed, I’ll probably get around to recording some new songs, and then we’ll see what happens after that. ●
- – Ray Price is taking to the internet. Look out!
My extreme dislike of [Ray] Stevens is partially political and partly artistic. In spite of his bona fides as a respected musician and producer, the arrangements on Box Set are easy-listening bland and sterile, a tepid fusion of soulless countrypolitan slickness and middle-of-the-road pop. Stevens doesn’t seem to understand the craft of comedy. His timing is awful, his delivery is smug and patronizing, and his kitchen-sink approach reeks of desperation. I didn’t laugh once listening to the 73 Ray Stevens songs in my iPod. It proved the opposite of edifying: Listening to Stevens actively made me stupider. He is the first, and hopefully last, artist I’ve covered in this column whose work is almost entirely devoid of merit. Thankfully, at this point I feel like I’ve listened to enough country to confidently state that he’s the exception rather than the rule: an enormously successful veteran who has taken much from pop culture without giving anything back in return. ●
- – The Onion A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin radiates hatred (or extreme dislike?) for Ray Stevens.
Dubbed country music’s modern version of Sonny and Cher, Keith Burns and Michelle Poe’s onstage performance has been described as “country-soaked, adrenaline-driven, fun-lovin’, on the rocks entertainment that makes for a don’t-blink, hold-tight, roller-coaster-of-a-ride, live show”. ●
- – Uhhh… can you imagine anyone actually describing a Burns & Poe show that way? And what does any of this have to do with Sonny and Cher?
They get the cutest tiniest little person they can, put him in the cutest tiniest pair of jeans and a cowboy hat, and they try to manufacture what’s great about George Jones. You can’t do it–because it takes soul. And since the dawn of music, there’s been bubblegum and there’s been the good stuff, and there’s still plenty of the good stuff out there. I’ve just decided to follow my own muse and always thought that artists were supposed to show people what good art is, and not follow the trend of what other people enjoy about it. If I have to pay for that by being inconvenienced by poverty for life, then so be it. ●
- – Mike Stinson.
It’s completely us. We didn’t have anybody telling us what to do. With an outside producer, you might venture away from the music you are happy with. Producers don’t have to play the songs every night like we do. It’s more fun for us to play music we really enjoy, and I think the fans will see this and have as much fun with us. ●
- – Lonestar’s Cody Collins on how using an outside producer would have compromised the integrity of the band’s latest album, possibly even resulting in bland, sub-par music…
It’s probably because I have hair like in the ’70s … it reminds them of back then! ●
- – Reid Perry (of The Band Perry) on why he’s a hit with the cougars.