Quotable Country – 06/21/09 Edition

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One thing about the music business, country music business in particular, is, you know, as long as you’re not a child rapist or gay, you can get away with a lot … You know what I mean?
– – John Rich’s manager, as reported by Nashville’s WSMV.

I don’t pose. I don’t do photo shoots.
– – Jamey Johnson to USA Today’s photographer.

I think we’re going to get so big we’re eventually going to explode one day and go back to doing acoustic guitar and a fiddle.
– – Actually, Rascal Flatts, I don’t think that will ever happen.

It’s not one certain person who loves country. I think country is reaching everybody. I’m definitely more aware of artists that I didn’t know. I always was into Bonnie Raitt and that sort of style. But now I’m buying up country CDs or borrowing them from Reba’s iPod as much as I can.
– – The Singing Bee host Melissa Peterman is ‘borrowing’ music from Reba’s iPod. Hear that, RIAA? Go get her. She can probably afford it more than all the regular folks you’ve sued for millions.

“I think a lot of our songs have a country feel,” said B-52s member Fred Schneider. “When we wrote ‘Cosmic Thing,’ we were thinking about being back in Georgia.”
“And the love shack is a honky-tonk, essentially,” added the band’s guitarist, Keith Strickland. “It’s down a country road. It’s out in the country. It’s a country song.”
“‘Tin roof rusted,’ right?” noted band member Cindy Wilson. “How much more country can you get?”
– – The B-52s on how they’re actually country. I had a nightmare like this one time.

Live every day like it’s your last. Tomorrow’s never promised, and it’s funny where you find help and strength to get through things. It could be from a stranger and someone you don’t even know.
– – Gary LeVox speaks in cliches. How exactly does “a stranger” differ from “someone you don’t even know”?

Growing up, going out was everything to us. And as I’ve gotten older, not much has changed. When I’ve got friends down in the islands with us, we’re heading out, seeing what kind of people we can meet, fun we can have, jokes we can tell. Some things never change. So if I’m gonna have a song on the radio right now, I can’t think of a better one for it to be.
– – Kenny Chesney on “Out Last Night” and never growing up.

My Christmas lights are still up, and have been since last Christmas. So the good thing was I didn’t have to re-string ‘em this Christmas. They were already up! It’s celebration all year round. How ’bout that?
– – Miranda Lambert is a redneck woman.

I would have to think about that one. In my opinion, I don’t care how successful you are and how much money you have and how many records you are selling, it has to make sense musically. […] Miley is important and she lives like five miles from me. If she called me, I would have her come to my house and do some chores, and then think about singing with her.
– – Wynonna on whether she would duet with Miley Cyrus. Huh? I think Miley might be a little busy to do your housework for you, Wynonna. If you’re ever short on cash, though, she might be able to employ you…

I just kind of brush it off, because you never know what he’s gonna say. And he does these poems onstage and they usually involve me. And they’re sometimes inappropriate, but it’s so funny that he forgets that it’s inappropriate. [she laughs] Inappropriate like kids shouldn’t hear it! What in the heck? Who would actually say something like that on stage? But you can count on him to make it awkward every time.
– – Miranda Lambert on Blake Shelton’s jokes.

[A]bout a minute before we started that song, she had just picked up an award. So, after she accepted the award, she had to run down the stairs, run back to her dressing room, and change her clothes. […] Literally, she’s running up the ramp, trying to put her in-ear monitoring in and clip the pack to the back of her skirt, so she can try to sing this thing. She was really a busy girl that evening. All we had to do was watch, and then wander out and get ready to perform this song. People said she was a bit breathless on the first line, and that’s why she was.
– – Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott explains away Taylor Swift’s singing troubles on “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Okay, but how can he explain the singing troubles she has had throughout the rest of her career?

[Toby] Keith is bit of a maverick in the country genre, flouting the general rule of thumb to keep the banter family-friendly when outside of a bar. Keith dropped a few ”S-” and ”F-bombs” throughout the show and extolled his desire for a sisterly menage a trois at the end of I’m Just Talkin’ Bout Tonight.
– – Stay classy, Toby Keith.

As a child I thought, ‘I’m going to be a big country star so I can get out of this damn trailer.’ Then I go and get one. I mean it’s a $1 million trailer but it’s still a trailer.
– – Kellie Pickler on traveling the country in a tour bus.

According to a news release from the Central States Fair, [Chris] Cagle’s doctor “has ordered extended vocal rest,” forcing the popular recording star to cancel all of his June, July and August bookings.
– – Three months of vocal rest? Seems a little fishy to me.

I don’t care, man. So what if some girls think I’m cute. I had a guy walk up to me one time at a gig and say, “God, I wish you looked like Jeff Tweedy, because it would be a lot easier to like your band!” I think it was a really weird thing to say, because I think Jeff is a pretty good looking guy.
– – Rhett Miller (of the Old 97s fame) on being a handsome man in alt-country.

Imagine, if you will, the MTV Video Music Awards devoting several of its musical slots to the top country songs of 20 years ago. Dwell on the thought of the Jonas Bros. bringing out Alabama to sing “Song of the South” (a hit the same year as “Love Shack”) or Katy Perry trotting out George Strait to duet on “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’),” which hit No. 1 on the country chart in 1988, just as Def Lep’s “Sugar” topped the pop chart. Never happen, right? […] Country music should have embraced its own past, not pilfered from another genre’s history.
– – Melinda Newman’s assessment of the CMT Awards hits the nail squarely on the head.

Just keep listening to my music, and hopefully I’ll answer those questions as we go along. I find that the people I respect the most are the ones who have mastered the art of shutting up. I try to practice that every chance I get, too. I think it does far more damage to run off at the mouth about things than to just quietly represent yourself.
– – Jamey Johnson dodges a question about the state of country music today.

Never forget that all your failures are the doings of a conspiracy of soulless profiteers and knaves, while all of your successes were owed you.
– – Sage advice from Robbie Fulks’ How to Be Miserable as a Professional Musician: a Ten-Step Guide.

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  1. Mike M. says

    I caught that B52s quote earlier this week, and had the same bewildered reaction. Of course…now I can see the light…the B52s are country legends. You can just hear the Bill Monroe influence in a song like “Rock Lobster.” I just hope their next album features the collaborations with Ralph Stanley and Bill Anderson that I’ve been hearing about.

    In all seriousness, that Melinda Newman article is as dead on as it gets. It’s completely ridiculous to have “over the hill” hacks like the B52s, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard performing in a country music awards show. What’s even sadder is the fact that both of the “academy award shows” do next to nothing to embrace the country artists from the past. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductees merely get a 30 second mention on a live telecast, and a guy like Little Jimmy Dickens has to sit next to Brad Paisley in his living room to get his face on the ACMs. I mean, it’s not like having Def Leppard perform on an award show is going to dramatically increase ratings…why not have a classic country artist perform instead. It’s just depressing to watch the genre continue to lose its soul, and I’m glad that Newman emphasizes that point.

  2. says

    Another nice set… some real head scratchers here. This point on Robbie’s list is a hard one for me… then again, I’m not trying to make it as a pro musician. “8. Resent people with no discernible skill and much discernible money.”

  3. Mike K says

    Kenny Chesney is kinda like Peter Pan, if Peter Pan was sponsored by Captain Morgan.

    I enjoyed the Melinda Newman post as well as Jamey Johnson’s restraint.

    Thanks for another great set C.M.

  4. Sam G says

    The shudders of the B52s possibly going country were alleviated by the thought of Rascal Flatts exploding.

  5. Kim says

    “Country music should have embraced its own past, not pilfered from another genre’s history”
    And rockers should hold on to THEIR roots as well. Keep rock in rock! The flip side of this issue is just as bad, and under reported. Its depressing to see legendary (or at least hugely successful veteran) rock stars kissing Taylor Swift’s ass and the like. What happened to rock’s culture and pride? Melinda Newman was criticizing country for not honoring their past I know, but rock music should be just as mad. As a rock fan as well as country, I wish the rockers would show a little pride for their craft and not do things like that. Rock music fans aren’t thrilled when Def Lep and Bon Jovi and Kid Rock go claim they’re country now. No one buys it (literally and figuratively) and would much rather see the “old guys” tour the “old stuff” than leave rock and their long time fans behind. There are ways to appreciate/collaborate/cover respectfully and artistically. This crap ain’t it.

    this crap is degrading to country and rock and pisses me off in general.
    Rant over.

    Great edition as always.

  6. Nicole says

    “the Jonas Bros. bringing out Alabama to sing ‘Song of the South’”

    Which just proves she knows nothing about the Jonas Brothers because they would TOTALLY do that.

    Oh, good Lord, the B52s… *sigh* No.

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