Quotable Country – 06/26/11 Edition

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I’m a pretty optimistic guy. I started having kids again, on purpose, in my mid-50s. That’s pretty f—ing optimistic.
– – It’s hard to argue with Steve Earle.

They’re not bluegrass at all. They are another type of music. Mumford and Sons [are] putting the sound of the banjo into pop music, and I think that can only be good because the banjo is not a frightening sound. It’s only connected to inbred Southern stereotype of stuff. It’s just good to see young people play the music.
– – Bela Fleck.

It was a line-in-the-dirt record. It pretty much cleared the decks of everything the ’90s represented. . . . I honestly think everything we have recorded, performed, and been a part of has absolutely been soul-stirring and rewarding to me. And I’m very proud of it. I can barely listen to most of that stuff I did in the ’90s.
– – Marty Stuart on The Pilgrim and the artsier half of his career.

When we were making Revival, I mean, in the studio next to us Celine Dion was literally recording the vocal for the Titanic song. That’s what was happening next to us, playing our songs about sin and salvation. So we definitely felt like freaks. And I still feel like a freak, but I’m really comfortable with it at this point. And I’ve realized you can make a life out of being a freak.
– – Gillian Welch has embraced her status as a bit of a musical oddity.

I like it all. I’m not picky.
– – Martina McBride on her wine preferences. Just perfect.

I hate to use the third person term, but it’s classic Craig Morgan stuff. And I learned something on my previous album. I need to do what I am good at, and not venture too far away from what I’m good at. I love to sing, and I love to sing everything from R&B to bluegrass. But fans get used to hearing a certain style of music from me—“Redneck Yacht Club,” “Bonfire,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Almost Home”—these are all huge hits for me. And that’s what people expect from me. So I went back to the stuff that I love and that people love to here me sing, and that’s what the new album is all about. But it takes a long time to find that. This is my sixth or seventh album.
– – Craig Morgan on new single “This Ole Boy” and playing to the audience’s expectations.

I appreciate how much she’s remained true to being country and staying on these country networks and country events. There’s always a little bit of gray area when you go towards the pop format, and I know she’s gotten flak for things, but she’s remained a Nashvillian who plays country music. I think it’s been a huge impact on the genre.
– – Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood admires Taylor Swift’s devotion to country. Upon hearing this, Swift replied: “Aww, that’s sweet… and who’s Dave Haywood again?”

I like the old Merle Haggard stuff, the old Buck Owens stuff. If you ain’t got a steal [sic] guitar or fiddle in your band, you don’t have a country band! I don’t like these screeching guitars and loud drums! Just keep it country and keep it plain. There’s nothing better than a good country song, like Merle Haggard’s ‘Silver Wings’ or Buck Owen’s ‘Love’s Gonna Live Here.’
– – Jean Shepard likes old country music and stolen guitars.

The power of a female voice. Brad Paisley knows all about it now that he has a song — “Remind Me” — that so beautifully showcases the potent pipes of Carrie Underwood. (Although it’s not the first time he’s hooked up with a female singer. He’d done so before with his “Whiskey Lullaby” duet seven years ago with Alison Krauss.)
– – Actually, Alison, it’s not even the first time Paisley has recorded with Underwood. If you’ll stretch your memory all the way back to, uh, 2007, you might recall that they had a duet called “Oh Love.”

People like Eminem, Kanye, Jay-Z and people will do stuff that incorporate a female singing some lyrics, where they sing this part that’s sort of from the woman’s perspective. And I thought that’s an untapped thing that we need to try a little more of in this format, I think, which is an actual duet written to be that, that doesn’t work any other way.
– – Brad Paisley credits hip-hop artists with the invention of the male-female duet, and himself with importing it to the country music world. I’m sure Conway and Loretta and George and Tammy are very impressed.

But when they told me who the other cast members were gonna be — when I heard Christina’s name, and Adam and Cee Lo’s — it was like, ‘Man, I feel stupid now for dragging my feet about this.’ Because they know what they’re doing, that’s more their world. And here I am some country dude who lives in Oklahoma, fighting to get on the radio, and I’m being standoffish about this show. I get sick when I think what if I would have passed on this.
– – Blake Shelton is glad he took a chance on “The Voice.”

In the past five, ten years, that ‘Call Me Crazy’ album is one of my favorite that’s ever been released by a female. From front to back, every song on that record is amazing. I have ruined that CD, I’ve had to buy more than one copy, just playing the hell out of it. I adore Lee Ann [Womack] and her work.
– – Kellie Pickler likes good music. Hope her own album is better than “Tough.”

It had been on hold for George Strait, so he had to wait until it came off hold to cut it, but it really worked out perfectly with Billy cutting it. He really nailed the song.
– – Shawn Camp says “Love Done Gone” was on hold for Strait before Currington got it. Allow me to gloat a little over the fact that I pegged it as something Strait would record without knowing this.

I don’t listen to the radio, I really don’t. That’s not a derogatory statement — I don’t understand the music anymore. A lot of it sounds like the same song over and over again to me. Somebody was probably saying the same thing about my music when I first started, so maybe it’s my age.
– – Charlie Daniels.

Then it turned out, right after they gave it to me [they] said I couldn’t cut it. They said that Ronnie Dunn has it on hold and he’s cutting it. And for whatever reason, it ended up not working out for him and we ended up getting it.
– – Steve Holy on current single “Love Don’t Run.” Sounds like it might’ve been one of the 34 songs Dunn recorded on his way to putting together his solo debut.

In fact, modern country music is the phoniest music in the world. I’m writing this while listening to a new album by the country artist Justin Moore. Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn sang beautiful songs that, although informed by their lives growing up in the South, had universal appeal. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” can move anyone who saw their own father work himself to exhaustion. But Moore’s album, “Outlaws Like Me,” is so larded with hyperbolic country-centric clichés that it could easily pass as parody. It’s as if the South has yet to get indoor plumbing and electricity. Moore sings about drinkin’ beers, drivin’ down back roads, learnin’ life lessons from daddy and granddaddy, and women who fish and drive pick-ups. The only thing missing is the outhouse. What is most noticeable is the deep resentment. Songs like “If You Don’t Like My Twang” and “Redneck Side” bitterly criticize people who live in clean houses, have manners, and are articulate.
– – Mark Judge at The Daily Caller isn’t a big Justin Moore fan.

When I have bronchitis I can sing just like Ernest Tubb. It’s kind of scary.
– – Mandy Barnett on who, other than Patsy Cline, she can impersonate.

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  1. says

    I can barely listen to most of that stuff I did in the ’90s.

    I hope that doesn’t include This One’s Gonna Hurt You. Between the title cut, “Just Between You And Me,” “High On A Mountain Top,” “Me And Hank and Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Down Home” and “Now That’s Country,” that was a really good record. I know “Now That’s Country” is one of those “I’m so country” songs that’s rightly derided these days, but I still like it.

        • ChurchsChicken says

          I know it might be heresy but I prefer “Hillbilly Rock,” “Tempted,” “Kiss Me, I’m Gone,” and ‘The Whiskey Ain’t Working” to virtually any song on the “Pilgrim” CD.

          I know “The Pilgrim” was widely acclaimed, and i bought it because I was a Marty Stuart fan. The album may have been ambitious in being a concept album or in trying to tell a story. But songs like “Dragging Around These Chains of Love” and “Red Red Wine and Cheating Songs” lack the hooks that made his commercial stuff so much fun. I quit listening to the Pilgrim a month or so after I bought it but I still enjoy the songs on “The Marty Party Hit Pack” CD in 2011.

          The Marty Stuart that I like best is the commercialized, radio-ready Marty Stuart. I can understand where Stuart would say that his more recent stuff is soul-searching while some of his older stuff is not. But those early 1990s tracks are pure joy to listen to, and they show that commericialized music can be quite good. I like early 1990s Stuart the best. One of my favorite Marty Stuart recordings is the “One Woman Man” duet he did with George Jones on “The Bradley Barn Sessions” CD in 1995 or so.

        • idlewildsouth says

          Yea, there isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t listen to the bulk of Tempted. Love that album and song.

  2. Rick says

    Guess Dolly and Porter, and Ernest & Loretta, were back in the “Country and Western” days that Brad seems to denigrate now and then. Brad’s ever expanding douchebaggery never fails to astound me! Is he trying to catch up with that guy in the silly hats from Sugarland? Hmm…

    Since Jean Shepherd was on the LA based Capitol label back during a time when the pioneering Bakersfield Sound artists were her labelmates, her choice of songs she’d rather hear is not surprising. I’m with you Jean.

    As for Steve Earle, any guy married to Allison Moorer when she wanted to have children would likely comply! Well, except for maybe Doyle “Butch” Primm anyway…

    I don’t care for Mumford and Sons’ music in the slightest. Now an artist that integrated banjo into pop music in a truly interesting was was Ryan Shupe and his Rubber Band. The song “Banjo Boy” is much more fun than anything Mumford & Sons will ever record. I guess the fact I find Bela Fleck’s jazz-grass music apathy inspiring may have something to do with it.

    Texas/Red Dirt music is coming to LA! On Friday August 19th The Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly, and Mickey & The Motorcars hit The Troubadour stage! Gotta admit you couldn’t get me to sit through that mess even with a bribe of a case of Shiner Bock. Why can’t it be Sunny Sweeney, Miss Leslie, and Amber Digby instead? Oh well…

  3. Paul W Dennis says

    I think Paisley probably meant to credit the hip-hoppers with revitalizing the male-female duet form.

    There really hasn’t been a male-female duet in county music regularly recording and performing as a duet since the Kendalls faded away in the early 1980s. Yes there have been some one-offs (the best one in recent memory being the Shenandoah- Alison Krauss collaboration of about a decade ago) but nothing sustained, at least as fartas top forty country radio is concerned

    Marty is severely underestimating the value of his 80s and 90s recordings. While I like the new stuff, there are times it seems a bit pretentious. Then again, I think the best stuff RIcky Skaggs ever did was his hybrid country-bluegrass recordings for Epic in the 80s

    Justin Moore is a poseur

    I hope Craig Morgan finds success again, but what I’d really like is for him to do more songs like “When A Man Can’t Get A Woman Off His Mind” (from his first debut album). He rarely went in that direction, but when he did, he was excellent

    • says

      That whole first Craig Morgan album (the self-titled one) was pretty good, but he has gotten progressively worse with each release since then. The first two are the only ones I listen to with any regularity.

  4. idlewildsouth says

    In other Justin Moore news:

    In Country Weekly last week Justin discussed performing his first song when he finally was tall enough to reach the top of his parents TV stand to hold himself up. I’m pretty confident this occurred just a few weeks before he signed his first record deal a couple of years ago. Because….he’s still short. Really short.

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