Quotable Country – 07/01/12 Edition

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I’m going to go back and say some of the guys we should really look at are John Prine, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell. Guys like that. I really like where their heads are at and how they go about it poetically and philosophically as well. They’re not as commercially groomed as a lot of us are. I would love to be able to go deeper. I’d love to be Dylan. I’d love to be Prine, Guy or Steve Earle. Those cats.
– – Ronnie Dunn on songwriting heroes.

I have no idea. I mean, I haven’t had an indication of what Curb was going to do for years.
– – Tim McGraw, asked how many singles Curb will release off of Emotional Traffic.

But in the two songs you pointed out [“Chickens” and “Drunken Poet’s Dream”] I think the difference in quality had more to do with the subject matter than our mastery of craft. One was a song about chickens. How great could it really be?
– – Hayes Carll on songs written with Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The only thing I know anything about is me. I’ve had a most interesting life, and as long as I write about it and give some melody to it, it’ll turn out wonderful.
– – Merle Haggard makes penning the rural American songbook sound simple.

If I really wanna sing, I can get a van, I can get three musicians, and we can go up and down the road in Texas and Oklahoma and make $400,000 a year and have fun. Like I did in the old days. But right now, for the first time, I have a group of people banging the Chris Cagle drum. That feels good.
– – Either Chris Cagle is grossly overestimating his earning potential as a non-mainstream act or I need to start a little van band in Texas.

I allowed myself to get the best of me and paint a picture of me I didn’t like in the past. I want to repaint the canvas. If it kills me and I have to swallow ego after ego and eat sh– sandwich after sh– sandwich, by the time this is over, when I leave this business, they’re gonna say, “He made some good music, but man, he turned out to be one of the nicest guys.” That’s what I want.
– – More than a comeback, Chris Cagle wants to make amends for his former jerkface ways. One possible sign of trouble: Even now, makes being a nice guy sound like an uncomfortable stretch.

Ray Price spans the gap all the way from the beginning days of Hank Sr. and man he’s still out on the stage and he’s just phenomenal! If there’s one thing I know, it’s great singing. Ray Price still hits those notes so nicely, he’s just great.
– – Gene Watson on Ray Price.

Q: When you were young, who would you wait in line all day to catch a glimpse of?
A: Well, I grew up in the ’80s, so it varies. That was… [laughs] That was the hair metal days, you know. Everybody from AC/DC to Cinderella, Whitesnake — man, whoever. That was hair metal! Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard. Even now, I would still stand out in line for Springsteen all day, I’d stand out in line for Bob Seger all day — even now. Tom Petty.
– – Eric Church’s list of influences, conspicuously lacking in country.

The first thing I thought when I heard it was, ‘Man, you’re really gettin’ old when they’re writing songs about you,’ but then I realized she was 14 or 15 and wrote it in math class, so I didn’t feel so bad then. In fact, it was pretty cool, and to see the success that she’s gone on and had, and how she’s handled herself, she’s a good girl.
– – Tim McGraw on Taylor Swift and “Tim McGraw.”

Most of my better melodies and ideas seem to come [when] I drive. In the Nashville area I have a routine, which takes me down quiet country roads where nothing is going on. I don’t have music on; my old cars don’t have radios worth listening to. [It’s] quiet and that’s when a lot of my best melodies and ideas come to me.
– – Alan Jackson does his best songwriting behind the wheel.

I didn’t have to do much of nothing. I just had to be myself. That’s what Robert [Duvall] told me to do. He told me, “Every chance you get, don’t act.” So, I did that.
– – Billy Joe Shaver on his role in “The Apostle.”

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  1. ChurchsChicken says

    I’ll defend Eric Church. True, his comments make it sound like he didn’t listen to country and wasn’t influenced by country. This raises at least two possibilities: perhaps he came to like country sometime after the Hair band trend faded or perhaps he never was much of a country fan but nonetheless is happy to market his music as country so that he can make a living.

    Though these may not be flattering (though not awful: surely its ok to come to country later in life and surely we all need to earn a living), I think Church deserves some credit for honesty. So often singers claim they grew up listening to Jones, Haggard, Jennings, et cetera, when their music hardly sounds influenced by those singers. Church deserves some credit for not pretending that country was his major influence growing up.

    • says

      I won’t. I have less than zero respect for these frustrated ’80s rockers born too late who couldn’t make it in that genre. I love a lot of stuff from those days, as well as the harder stuff that didn’t make it on the radio — but if I was going to be a country singer, you’d find me channeling George Strait and Ricky Skaggs, not Metallica and Iron Maiden.

      • says

        Church is an attention whore, plain and simple. He shoots off his mouth, and we all talk about him. If his influences were George Strait and Alabama, we wouldn’t give a damn.

  2. says

    I just had to be myself

    So…How many people did he shoot in the face? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    And Eric Church, clearly, is the Robert Jordan of Nashville.

  3. says

    I haven’t heard it yet, but I’d love to hear Ronnie Dunn show influences of John Prine, Rodney Crowell and/or Guy Clark in his music. Maybe with his next album?

    • says

      I’m getting a kick out of imagining him wrapping his pipes around existing songs by those artists. Think of a Ronnie Dunn cover of Still Learning How To Fly or Stuff That Works.

      Of course, it should be noted that he and Kix cut a version of I Ain’t Living Long Like This about fifteen years ago, so he’s got history with Rodney.

  4. BamaDan says

    I saw Chris Cagle in concert back in 2008. He was selling meet and greets with him for $20 each. Yep, I bought one and so did my friend and his wife. They said he had 20 to sell and it looked like he sold them all. That may be one way he makes $400,000 a year. $400 for meet and greets each tour stop, merchandise and for doing the show. I’m kinda doubting that though. When we saw him in concert that Friday night in 2008, he was having legal issues. Just that Saturday before the concert, CMT Insider had a story about him being arrested for domestic abuse of his wife. There was some doubt he would even be able to get out of jail to make the concert. I think most of those meet and greets were sold to help pay court costs and his lawyer. Good show that night. Bradley Walker and then Lee Greenwood sang before Chris Cagle came out on stage. He wasn’t headlining though. He basically was one of the openers for the headliner, Kenny Rogers.

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