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“Person who’s drinking from small bottles, puking and falling on people.” #scannerquawk #trifecta ●
— From Doug Schneider’s police scanner tweets during the Chesney/Aldean show at Lambeau Field. Also, my experience at pretty much every arena/amphitheater show I’ve ever been to.
I love to laugh and love idiots like me. ●
— Shall we take him at his word? Dustin Lynch to Glamour.
I’m definitely filled with mixed emotions when I look back at my old pictures, phases and the lessons I’ve learned with the entire world watching. But the reason I have no regrets is that everything I ever put out was my creation—and never some executive’s idea of what a 16-year old should be singing about. Even my mistakes were made on my own terms. ●
— Taylor Swift.
I feel like people might start off painting themselves one way to follow a trend and then they’re stuck doing that. I’m just really lucky in that I’ve found people right from the beginning who were in my corner, and I’m like, ‘Look, this is what I want to do,’ and I’ve never had to compromise that. ●
— Kacey Musgraves.
Other shows try to put a pit of fans up against the stage, but no one else does what we do in seeking that European rock festival feel. Opening with Lady Antebellum and Zedd, we were really going for that jumping-at-the-same-time Euro-rock feel. ●
— CMT’s John Hamlin on the 2015 CMT Music Awards, correctly deducing that what country fans look for in a country awards show is a noticeable Euro-rock feel. (Ratings were down this year.)
It’s always an interesting relationship, especially coming from the South — you know, we’re close to our families. I came from a long line of people who depended on their parents to survive, and parents who even depended on their children to survive. The older you get, the more you see your parents as human people, you start to understand their flaws and the things that make up their character. I think that’s when you really start becoming an adult yourself, when you can see your parents as human beings rather than some sort of deities. ●
— Jason Isbell, discussing the recurrence of generational themes in his music for Grantland.
None of us are the best players. If we were we’d sound like all that (expletive) from Nashville! People wonder why it all sounds the same, but it’s because all the same dudes play on every one of those records! My music is a direct result of my limitations as a musician. Just put your heart and soul into it and play like you know how to play it. My favorite bands always just did the best they could and put passion into it. If you do that, it doesn’t matter how good of a guitar player you are. People are gonna dig it if it’s real and they can tell you believe it. ●
— Whitey Morgan on not aspiring to perfection.
I don’t feel like there are any negatives to it. I feel blessed to be living the life I am. So many other people don’t have a sliver of what I have. I’m just trying to enjoy it for those people and appreciate it. Because I know if I was in another position, I’d be having to work really hard. I’ve gotten a lot of breaks in the music business because of my dad. It’s great. I feel that I’m very lucky. A lot of musicians who are way more talented don’t get the same kind of support. I’ve nothing to complain about. ●
— Lukas Nelson, with refreshing forthrightness, on being the son of Willie.
The first thing anyone asks you about is, “OK, so you’re black.” And then they go from there. I’m like, “Obviously.” And we didn’t get to talk about the fact that I wrote most of the songs on the album, that I’m a songwriter and I play guitar. I never felt like we really got into my artistry, because the focus was always on the outward appearance. ●
— Rissi Palmer on the uphill battle faced by black female country singers.
“… So these country stars, that’s the way they grew up. They grew up thinking, ‘Oh, it’s just a recognition of my ancestors, and I want to honor my ancestors.’ Well, you know, I’m a German American, and I don’t display the swastika,” he says with a laugh.
“I don’t think they mean to offend, but they do,” he adds. “They also don’t see it a symbol of treason, which is what it was, originally. They don’t think of it as offensive. They think of it like the apologists would say, ‘I’m honoring my heritage.’ They’ve obviously never put themselves in the shoes of someone who’s black…” ●
— Robert K. Oermann on Confederate flag as country signifier.
I think we can go on ad nauseam about this forever, [but] if something’s bringing pain, or if something is bringing something that somebody uses for hate like that, I mean, I just don’t see the point of continuing to go forward with it. ●
— John Rich, urging the removal of the Confederate flag from state government buildings.
There are bigger issues going on in the world than being called a tomato. I’ve been called worse! If our biggest thing is fighting to get on the radio, then that’s a good problem to have, considering what other women are dealing with around the world, who would do anything to trade problems with women in country music. ●
— Kellie Pickler.
I see a lot of people wearing the tomato shirts, which is great, but I think, ‘Man, I wish they would buy a female’s CD, a female record.’ Maybe I’m naïve. Maybe I’m just hopeful because I’m a female in country, and I know for me that everything would be better if females were playing — not just if I were playing, but females — because as a songwriter, it’s been a struggle for me because there just aren’t a lot of places to go with songs. Most females write a lot more female songs than they write male songs. […] I just hope that the light being [shone] on that comment will make it so that we have more of a caprese salad. That’s what I hope for. ●
— Brandy Clark.
I think the people who are sitting in their living room doing those, ‘Let’s take country music back’ blogs and all that stuff, that’s crazy to me. No one’s saying that about rock & roll, and no one sounded like the Beatles since 1960. No one says that about R&B, and no one sounded like the Commodores since 1970. All of those genres of music are supposed to evolve, but to those people country music is supposed to be Hank Williams Sr. — and that stuff is great and you can have that. But I think the great thing about listening to country radio is you have all different kinds of country music. It’s the pop country music for some guys, it’s the really country [sound], and even that bro country stuff that’s out. It’s just a little bit of everything, and obviously the fans are loving it. ●
— Darius Rucker, Burger King pitchman.
I’m more of a fan of the rock-type music than the pop-type stuff that everybody including myself is putting out. I’m enjoying making songs right now that are just funky as hell and that people are going to listen to and say, ‘What the hell is he doing?’… I’m a big rock fan, I’m a big 90s country fan. So you put those two together and hopefully that’s what my next record is going to sound like. ●
— Chase Rice, who seems to think that mixing country with funky rock will really set him apart.
These Manichean scenarios of brave mavericks redeeming Nashville’s corrupted soul are obligatory for covering Country for People Who Don’t Like Country. They always spur a strong suspicion that the writers’ knowledge of recent Nashville country is restricted to a couple of songs they heard at the mall or on the car radio and could not turn off fast enough before returning to their regular playlists. Today there is Kacey Musgraves and last year’s king of the counter-genre, Sturgill Simpson; not long ago there were Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams (along with, in their more “alt-country” days, bands like Wilco and Son Volt); before them, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle; and, way before them, Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. Naturally, fans of all these artists would object that they do like country. They just like “real country” like Johnny Cash, not the “watered-down, commercial country you hear on the radio today.” ●
— Slate’s Carl Wilson on the problem with “country for people who don’t like country.”
I don’t ever lose at anything. ●
— Jake Owen, whose winning hand seems to have left him with little to say.
I am just Eddie Stubbs. That is all I know how to be. I know I am different from other folks. I have had the same hairstyle my whole life. ●
— God bless Eddie Stubbs.