Quotable Country – 07/31/11 Edition

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I know what you’re thinking. How can I pull off a silky flowing dress and metallic platforms in the desert and look as gorgeous as Carrie Underwood?
– – Honestly, Alison, it hadn’t crossed my mind…

People that know me know that I’m a redneck guy that loves to drink and sing country music and go hunting and fishing. Not everybody in the country-music community is like me — I just happen to be one of the guys that is stereotypical.
– – Blake Shelton considers himself a stereotype.

I’m from Florida and I ran around barefoot my whole life. I think when people hear me sing ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night,’ they believe me.
– – Hmm. Jake Owen suggests barefootedness as proof of authenticity. All you people wearing shoes right now probably won’t understand.

Apparently there is a dress code on this tour, as everybody was wearing white pants. DeMarcus also had a white V-neck shirt with sparkly detailing. Joe Don Rooney wore a dapper vest, dress shirt and a bejeweled wallet chain while singer Gary LeVox rocked the rhinestone look with a glimmering Harley-Davidson T-shirt.
– – Even just from a clothing standpoint, Rascal Flatts is pretty terrifying.

I’ll never forget, I played a private party one time, and it was a pool party for some young kids who had some money. Their parents wanted Luke Bryan to surprise them, and the time I got done playing, they put on dance music and rap and the pool party was just rocking! I was like, “I’ve gotta try to write some music that maybe some kids like that will want to rock at their pool party or play at a honky tonk.”
– – Luke Bryan on the genesis of “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”

Industry sources project that the country singer’s new album, “Chief,” could sell as many as 120,000 to 130,000 copies by week’s end on Sunday.
– – If the projections are accurate, Eric Church just outdid Blake Shelton’s best chart week to date WITHOUT the sustained exposure of “The Voice” or a huge media blitz. Impressive.

Then I got fired from the [Rascal] Flatts tour. And I got fired because I’m a guy who’s going to tell you what I think. I’m going to rub you the wrong way. That’s just me — me being authentic and maybe abrasive, but again, I stand up for what I believe in. In doing that, I got banished off any real tours. We got banished to bars and clubs. But the interesting part of it is, that’s where I found who I was. That’s where I found my fan base.
– – Sadly, Church’s strong album sales probably mean we’ll be stuck with his self-aggrandizing ways as an interviewee for the foreseeable future.

It’s hard to imagine now, but that modern murder ballad—about a husband who shoots his cheating wife and her lover—seemed a safer way to introduce Pride to the country audience than a love song. With a storyline like that, no one could say he was aiming romantic lyrics across the color line.
– – Jewly Hight on Charley Pride and “The Snakes Crawl at Night.” Read it!

The people who come to one of my concerts – most of them don’t know each other. They have nothing else in common but how they feel about the music and the two hours we will spend together. It is an extraordinary feeling to be a part of that.
– – Keith Urban on the thrill of creating a communal experience.

He knows new country music, but he also listens to Conway [Twitty] and some Loretta [Lynn] songs, and he listens to Patsy Cline. He knows who those people are, and he’s 5 years old. We try to make sure it’s present, you know? Keep it alive.
– – Ashton Shepherd is trying to raise her son right.

Even on Idol, she gave off a sense of humility that is only present in the great legends of country music. Hailing from a small town, she knows the importance of hard work, diligence, and all-around determination. I would not say that she is the greatest individual to ever grace the planet, but she comes pretty darn close. Every action she commits to comes from a place of heart. Every word she speaks is rooted in her very soul.
– – This guy at BlogCritics really likes Carrie Underwood. What does hailing from a small town have to do with hard work and determination? I’ve known some real louses from the countryside.

When you are doing it for fun, when you are not trying to craft a song for an audience, when you are spending time and expressing yourself, often those songs are the best ones. When I wrote that song, I wasn’t thinking about how audiences might react to it. Now, I think that’s why people like it so much.
– – Gary P. Nunn on writing “London Homesick Blues.”

“It’s music by committee,” he says bitterly. “Five, six people sitting round a table deciding what gets released. It’s even true of the songs, so many of which have three or four writers.”
“I’ve told them: ‘Nashville didn’t always suck. Listen to Hank Williams. Or Buck Owens, or Patsy Cline. In their day, they were mainstream.’”
– – Raul Malo remains an outspoken critic of the modern Nashville system.

My mom said I was 3 when I put my first show on. I had a little plastic guitar and a plastic microphone, and she said my door was cracked one day and the music was blaring. She looked in my room and I was playing in front of the mirror. And I thought I was doing an excellent job, but she said it sounded pretty hideous.
– – No word on what Brantley Gilbert’s mom thinks of his music now.

My purple and black stripe bathing suit is totally workin tho I’m pretty sure it was meant as an 80’s jazzercize outfit.
– – Elizabeth Cook tweets.

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  1. says

    I think Alison’s opening sentence was meant to read, not “I know what you’re thinking,” but rather, YOU know what I’M thinking.”

    I didn’t realize that humility is ONLY present in the great legends of country music. Does that mean that all of the B-list artists are full of themselves? I’ll have to ask Eric Church.

  2. ChurchsChicken says

    I’m glad that Eric Church is having success and that his music is making people happy. I even enjoyed “Smoke A Little Smoke.”

    But his attitude in interviews is beyond annoying. He comes across as a jerk. Also, my understanding was that he got fired from the Flatts tour because he repeatedly played for longer than his allotted time and for similar stuff. That’s not being “authentic,” or “standing up for your beliefs;” that’s being inconsiderate to the other acts on the tour and to all the people at the venues that have to deal with his inability to stay on schedule.

    Anyway, I do think Eric Church can make interesting music that is a bit different than all the other stuff on radio. He clearly has a lot going for him. Maybe some people also like his attitude and maybe his attitude is even part of his success. But it rubs me the wrong way.

  3. Leah says

    Eric Church also didn’t have another big release this week. Blake had Chris Young’s CD come out. I’m thinking that did effect his sales some what. Anyway, yeah that country music is starting to get out some new stuff. Can’t wait for the Pistol Annies release ina few weeks!

  4. cheeser says

    Eric Church showed his true colors with the “high thread count sheets” comment a few months ago…such a freakin’ poser…..

    • ChurchsChicken says

      I will defend Eric Church and his “high thread count sheets” comment. What exactly is wrong with preferring higher quality sheets?Does his sheet preference – probably shared with many country music listeners – somehow make his music worse? Is his image really incompatible with wanting comfortable sheets?

      Church’s persona seems to be an arrogant douchebag: I think lots of such people can sleep on high thread count sheets without being posers.

      Church’s comments often rub me the wrong way but even I with my anti-church sentiments cannot begrudge the man his nice sheets.

      Maybe Church is a poser. Part of me hopes that he is and that all the blustering is mostly for publicity purposes.


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