Quotable Country – 06/20/10 Edition

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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.

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  1. Michael says

    Hazel Smith/Chuck Wicks: Bahahahahahahaha!

    The Trace Adkins fatherhood quote and the Onion’s Ray Stevens review got me too. :)

  2. Mike M. says

    Wow, C.M….is it just me, or was there more snark in this go-around than usual? Between Carrie, the Flatts, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean doing a country rap song, Rhett Atkins, Lonestar, the creepiness of Hazel Smith, and the ever-so quotable Ali-B, you seemed to be on fire. I gotta say…it was entertaining to read.

    A couple other minor points:

    I find CMT’s stance on “Kiss My Country Ass” amusing. Morris is giving Shelton the riot act on the song, yet I guarantee you that if he releases it as a single/video, CMT wouldn’t object to playing it for their audience (unless CMT stops playing music videos anytime soon). Granted, I haven’t heard the song…but I highly doubt it’s the worst thing that’s been played on radio, or on CMT in the past ten years. CMT ripping Shelton seems to be a bit hypocritical in my book, considering they have played videos in that same vein in the past, and outside of Flippo, their writers rarely rip anyone, which is insane given the state of country music right now.

    I thought Rubin’s review of Ray Stevens was just a bit unfair. I can definately understand why Rubin would respond the way he did to Stevens’ latest material, especially if he leans left. But, I think his views on his latest videos formed his opinion on all of Ray’s catalog. I thought some of Stevens’ material back in the day, such as The Mississippi Squirrel Revival, was pretty funny, if in a stupid kind of way.

      • Mike M. says

        You’re right, Leeann. After you posted this, I had a chance to read some of his archived posts from when he posted on the CMT Blog, and I was wrong to put him in the same category as Alison B. or Hazel Smith. I never really read his posts before (or anything posted on the CMT blog that wasn’t first posted here), but he clearly has a knowledge of country music, and has taken some shots in the past . It was wrong of me to go off on him without having read more of his work.

        As for the Shelton song, I finally had a chance to listen to it…and I see why Morris didn’t much care for it. I still don’t think the song is all that different than some singles in recent memory, but it certainly isn’t the most tactful thing he’s ever recorded. Between Blake’s twitter account and this song, I think it’s safe to say he’s not using the redneck persona as an act. I seem to recall him making a comment that his twittering has cost him award performances/nominations in the past.

        Thinking about it…Didn’t Kevin at CU rip this song when it was first recorded by Rhett Atkins?

        • says

          I don’t remember that review, but then again, I didn’t remember that Rhett Akins recorded it either. I’ll have to go find it.

          • Mike M. says

            I think it was when he first started…back when he used to review multiple songs in groups. I think it was just a quick comment on the song. I tried looking for it in the archives, and couldn’t find it…so who knows, I could be crazy.

        • says

          Mike Said, “I seem to recall him making a comment that his twittering has cost him award performances/nominations in the past.”

          That may be his perception, but his awards snubs go much farther back than his twittering days.

          I don’t mean to harp on Shelton. I think he’s very talented (though not always realized) and I used to think he was pretty amusing, but I do think his twittering (calling fans who disagree with him names–assuming people who were following his twitter account were fans at some point) is a lot over-the-top. With that said, I don’t think his intolerant, redneck persona is an act either.

  3. Church'sChicken says

    Mike M writes, “Between Blake’s twitter account and this song, I think it’s safe to say he’s not using the redneck persona as an act.”

    I’d have a lot more respect for Shelton if he was just playing an intolerant, ignorant lout than I do if in fact he really is that kind of person.

    • says

      While I will say I had to stop following him because he was getting on my nerves blowing up my phone, I still have to give the man respect for being himself. Especially with the way the music business is, I’d much rather have someone behave in a way that’s true to himself but maybe a little less likable than be fake and nice.

      • Mike M. says

        I kind of agree with this. Blake Shelton, despite his antics, at least comes across as genuine, and unafraid to be himself. I think there are quite a few folks in Nashville who sacrifice parts of their personality in order to sell more records, or portray an image to the public that isn’t entirely accurate. While Shelton’s done some controversial things, I’ll take him over some other artists currently in the industry who just seem to be playing a role in an attempt to become successful.

          • Mike M. says

            Oh, absolutely…I’m not saying you should respect who he is. Acting the way he does is going to cost him fans, especially if the behavior is continuously brought into the music., ala “Kiss My Country Ass.” You have every right to be offended by his actions. I can just take Shelton over other artists who have no discernible personality, and just say/do whatever their record label tells them in order to sell records.

  4. Rick says

    Why are all you folks picking on Blake Shelton about being intolerant? Compared to me the guy’s a pussycat! (lol)

    I think Kenny Loggins should give country music another go round! The main obstacle he will face is that the vast majority of Top 40 AirHead Country radio programmers and the radio listeners have no idea who he is, being a relic from the 1970’s and all. Hootie Rucker proved you need to strike while the iron is still warm at least.

    Wow, that Burns and Poe uber-hype PR copy is some of the most outlandish I’ve read lately! Well, within the last day or two anyway… They should be focusing on what really counts with that duo, Michelle’s looks!

    Its not so much Mike Stinson’s artistic integrity that has kept him from getting radio airplay as that gravelly voice of his! Well that and his being a bar band indie artist who until recently plied his trade in the barren country music wasteland of Los Angeles.

  5. says

    I’ll join the camp that thinks Blake Shelton can be a bit grating at times, but I do think he’s genuine with his personality. And whether I like what he says or agree with his opinion, I certainly respect that in a person.

    I would think an old country grandma like Hazel Smith and a guy like Chuck Wicks would mix about as well as water and petroleum jelly. But what do I know?

    Jewel is half-way right too. She was a lot more country back when she a pop star.

    I’d never heard of Mike Stinson, but his quote made me want to check out his songs on MySpace. I liked what I heard, so I put the album on my to-buy list.

    Great edition. And I can see the extra snark too. I think it’s much better that way.

  6. Kim says

    I must have missed it. What did Blake Shelton do that is so offensive? I’m anti twitter so I must really be out of the loop here.

  7. Linda Good says

    Rubin I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t had the pleasure that is contained in Ray Stevens for many reasons.
    As far as comedy and music, to me he exhibits excellence in timing with his deliveries. It has been my pleasure
    to study his music because I have entertained and found that many people appreciate him for his wit and cleverness, as well as his thought prevokeing wisdom. Who is it that you enjoy? You did not mention that.

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