Quotable Country – 07/07/13 Edition


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There are a lot of parallels, there really are. As far as the talent, as far as strategy… part of it is, ‘Get me that lane nobody else is racing in and we’ll find a way to win it.’
- – Scott Borchetta (profiled by Forbes) on racing cars and running a record label.

I think the definition of an American is somebody who stands up during the ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’
- – Political expert Luke Bryan.

I’m jumping around like I’m about to go into a boxing ring or something. The whole band and crew, we’re all giving fist bumps and just getting pumped up, like we’re fixin’ to play a Friday night football game.
- – Brantley Gilbert, describing the scene backstage before a show. Douchetastic.

I just turned 50 years old this year, and we’ve been doing this for about 30 years. It’s something that when everything is happening, it’s almost like a whirlwind. It was in my case. If you don’t stop to take a chance to smell the roses, you miss a lot. I have no regrets, but if I had it do over again, I think I would have documented more and taken the time to look around and think, ‘This is really neat.’ This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you should take note of, and be aware of what’s going on around you when it’s happening.
- – Travis Tritt on a life in music.

They bounce back so quick there, it’s amazing. You won’t see them on TV six months from now crying for money and saying the government’s not helping. Because they help each other out. They’ll get it cleaned up pretty fast.
- – Toby Keith on up-by-the-bootstraps resilience of Oklahomans, versus all those wretched, annoying survivors of natural disasters in all other areas of the country.

Honestly, very often, I don’t think of the two together as far as a celebration of our nation’s freedom and that song. But for the several thousand people that will be there on the Fourth, it’s about that. It’s always good to play that song on the 4th of July, for sure.
- – Martina McBride knows that “Independence Day” (the song) has little to do with Independence Day (the holiday), but will humor her less observant fans anyway.

Yeah, I pretty much listen to everything but country radio. I listen to a lot of talk radio because I’m in the music business, but as far as music goes, I listen to everything from Jazz to Blues to Hip Hop to a lot of Rock and Roll. I grew up where traditional Country music and rock and roll went hand in hand. It surprises people to know that I listen to everything but what I do.
- – Gretchen Wilson.

The scantily dressed crowd includes grade-schoolers, teenagers driving their parents’ farm equipment and professionals who burn thousands of dollars each week on truck repairs, only to demolish their rides again the next weekend in events like truck tug of war. Daisy Duke shorts, bikinis and anything camouflage are popular fashion choices; homemade moonshine and beer are on tap and truck brands tend to be American, as Colt Ford notes in his “Drivin’ Around Song”: “U.S.A., Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford, raising a little hell and praising the Lord.”
- – From a revealing Wall Street Journal feature on the rise of hick-hop, thanks in large part to its promotion through a whole system of targeted ‘mudding’ events around the country. Lots of new info here.

Mr. Houchins, of Average Joe’s, said he has been receiving about 500 demo tapes a week from country rappers lately. “That tells me that we’re creating a new genre,” said Mr. Houchins. “But they haven’t made a Grammy category for us yet.”
- – From aforementioned WSJ hick-hop feature. God help us.

I lived in Nashville for 10 years. I met my wife there, our son was born there… I met so many of my heroes and have great, dear, close friends there. Music Row was a good place for me. I had good publishing deals and built up a good catalogue of songs that I still play every night.
Some of my favorite writers and co-writers and musicians are there, but I like being in Texas, away from the pressure of writing a certain way and away from the business side of country music that I don’t really understand and that doesn’t have much of an impact on my daily working life.
- – Walt Wilkins.

Marty Stuart comes in to edit his shows. He sits down and makes sure they look great. He’s very involved. He’s the greatest. He always has cool shoes.
- – Kelly Kantz, general manager of RFD-TV’s Nashville production facility

I don’t care about money. I honestly don’t. I don’t give a sh*t. I could stay at a sh*tty motel, I think it’s more fun. And I like riding in little vans and I love doing it that way. I think there’s a story in that, and I write songs that are stories and that tell stories. My influences inspire me to have integrity and to do what I love and be passionate about it. I don’t care about making millions or any of that. Of course if it happens, like everyone says, it’s icing on the cake. But I’m happy doing what I do. I love what I do, and this is a beautiful existence for me. I get to tour. I get to go to different cities and see the world. I can’t imagine a better existence than this.
- – Lindi Ortega to Saving Country Music.

OH, ALSO: JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge team up on a Bob Wills classic to benefit the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Tornado Recovery Fund. Good stuff.


  1. Sabra says

    Lots of good stuff this week.

    One of the reasons I quit listening to Sean Hannity (and the reasons were legion, even though I’m a right-wing nutjob) was his insistence on using “Independence Day” as bumper music. It was kind of obvious to me he never listened to it all the way through, but then again he seems to consider Charlie Daniels a paragon of conservatism, which hints that he’s never paid much attention to that man’s music either.

    I’d like to insult Gretchen Wilson for not listening to commercial country radio when she sings country music (or something approaching it, anyway), but…Well, I just can’t blame her. I don’t remember the last time I voluntarily listened to one of the contemporary country music stations in this town. (I listen to the classic country station all the time.)

    • says

      Ha. I was just going to say the same thing about the Gretchen Wilson quote, Sabra.

      As far as Sean Hannity goes, it’s obviously willful ignorance or sheer stupidity by now. I do not believe that he hasn’t listened to the song at least once through and even more than that, I don’t believe for a second that somebody close to him (or a letter) hasn’t mentioned the song’s meaning to him after all these years of him using it.

  2. says

    I always wondered why that music was about as deep as, say, a mudhole. Now I know.

    Granted, they were only talking about “hick-hop,” but really, that stuff’s not really that much different than the crap Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Florida-Georgia Line spew out, is it?

  3. CraigR. says

    Before I continue to write I want to say that I don’t dislike or hate hip-hop or rap- unless it degrades women or suppports violence.

    When I was growing up a great many older black adults I knew hated Elvis. They claimed he had stolen the black sound. A great many people say that about Justin Timberlake now. And on the surface it looks like mainstream country is stealing the attitude, the gestures, and the cadence of hip-hop and rap. But I what I see is a lost of self. Not a lost of color. But a disconnection with roots, the roots of country. Many rap and hip-hop singers, the best of the bunch, sing about their own real lives and experiences. The others, ironically, use a list of urban images to convey a sense of street creds. Sound like anyone we know?

    It use be that country music, like its sibling the blues, spoke to the daily realities and wishes of life, and how to master them. But as image- strong word coming- raped substance the music became more like a Sears Christmas wish list. Instead of taking about the way one balances a marriage now all we have is how a guy wants to get in his truck( I assume everyone has a truck in fantasyland country), hook up with a girl, party till they puke, maybe get into a fight, and then go home to rest to do it again. No work. school, children, bills, growing old. Everyone is Peter Pan. That is a true lost of self – whether country or rap. Rap and hip-hop music has become that. And now country music, who’s listeners also listen to rap and hip-hop, want the same. Why should urbanites have all the fun?

    But the stain it will leave will be indelible because it doesn’t move the music ahead. It only hinders it so that someone can make tons of cash, suck the life breath out of the genre, and move on to the next big thing, leaving country as important as jazz music is today. Imagine if Jason Aldean was singing about the pain of divorce, or Luke Bryan about raising two sons or Florida Georgia sang about the working class people they come from. Country singers today are a great deal like rap singers. They act like they from the streets to get the creds, but they sadly obtuse to the reality of it, and really end up insulting it in the end. And the end the fans are really the drive by victims. That is why is it not thief. It is merely using the tools of another to build a house. An ugly, misguided house on country music’s property. That’s the real crime.
    Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

  4. Chris says

    Craig R.

    Thank you for articulating that so well…I couldn’t have said it better myself and it’s truly tragic to witness what’s happened to the music I love and cherish

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