Quotable Country – 07/12/09 Edition

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Usually George never does a track for arts [sic] sake, but this is a piece of art.
– – Tony Brown on “Arkansas Dave” from George Strait’s upcoming album. Hmm…

The song was co-written by Bobby Braddock, who has penned such works as “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Golden Ring” and “I Wanna Talk About Me.”
– – One of those songs doesn’t fit. Never let it be said that Braddock is incapable of penning a bum track…

I am honored, ecstatic, elated and overwhelmed with joy! Capitol’s expertise in country music will allow me the opportunity to give you guys the best I have to give in songwriting, singing and performing.
– – Jennette McCurdy (star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly) is going country. Give her a shot, I guess, but I’m not sure we need another young girl singer who’s ecstatic, elated, and overwhelmed with joy.

I like that it’s a family thing, and kids under 14 are free. But the thing I really like about it — and I’ve said this before — is that Willie is 76 and Bob is 68 and I’m 57. I’m the youngest guy, and any place I go where I can be the youngest guy, I’m going to go. I’m the juvenile of this bunch. This is great.
– – John Mellencamp on his ballpark tour with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.

I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have. That was my own fault. I don’t want to say I didn’t learn anything at Belmont, but I learned a whole lot more – and I hate to say it – sitting on the barstool, getting married a couple of times, having kids and living life. Basically, I wouldn’t want somebody with my educational background to take care of my money!
– – Lee Ann Womack wasn’t the best of students, but she’s done pretty well for herself anyway.

I know that the criticism is gonna come, and, hey, people who are going through life being offended by songs are leading pretty miserable lives. They need to lighten up a bit.
– – Trace Adkins has some choice words for his critics.

Throughout his career, Rodgers was known by many titles. In addition to America’s Blue Yodeler and the Singing Brakeman, he was hailed as the Father Of Country Music, and, somewhat more dubiously, the Godfather of Soul, The Hardest-Working Man In Show Business, the Queen Of R&B Soul, the King Of Pop, the Pied Piper Of R&B, the Pompatus Of Love, and Jenny From The Block. Later, he was stripped of some of these titles when it came out that he wasn’t even alive when some of the aforementioned genres came into existence. I don’t care; whether it makes sense or not, Rodgers will always be Jenny From The Block to me.
– – The Onion A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin serves up his own unique take on country music history.

There’s a happy class of recording musician these days that is allowed and encouraged to show up, relax, do the magic thing, collect triple scale, and go home. Good for them. Good also, for the young amateur, who has easier access to an essential urgency that is irrelevant or counter to a professional, master-class mentality. Music’s not just a good time, and somebody, at least somebody at the top, needs some negativity.
– – Robbie Fulks thinks sometimes the playing is best when musicians get pissed.

I have all the [awards] I was lucky enough to win in a gym that I built, where I keep all my sports memorabilia, because I think it’s pretentious to have all that stuff in your house.
– – Yeah, Kenny, much less pretentious to have all that stuff in your personal sportsplex.

Q: Def Leppard on a country awards show, did you feel out of place?
A: No, actually we didn’t. I was looking at some of the older country acts, and they looked out of place. I think where it’s going, it’s got nothing to do with country at all. The segue between awards was like MTV-style metal music – it was pretty weird actually. The next night I went to see Alison Krauss at the Grand Ole Opry, and that was real authentic. Even the vibe was different; everyone was ever so humble. It was such a different world from the CMT thing. As much as I enjoyed both, it was a very sharp contrast.
– – Def Leppard’s Phil Collen is speaking my language.

I’m sure Merle Haggard is turning in his grave, but this has been happening for years.
– – In a separate interview, Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell… wait, what? I’m sure this is news to Merle Haggard.

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  1. says

    Oops. Poor Haggard…or poor unfortunate guy who prematurely put him in his grave.

    First Bryan Adams and now a Def Leppard guy? It’s sad for country music that these outside people are able to so rightly observe about the current state of country music.

    • says

      First Bryan Adams and now a Def Leppard guy? It’s sad for country music that these outside people are able to so rightly observe about the current state of country music.

      Pretty bizarre, isn’t it? How do people within the industry not get it?


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