Quotable Country – 08/31/09 Edition

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However, I do have a question for Pastorek: Why the hell did you give him a “B” grade? “B” is average — and Twang isn’t an average record. He earned an “A.” And with 155,000 copies sold the first week, the Strait-man’s brand new album zoomed to No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and knocked Michael Jackson’s Number Ones from the top of the Billboard 200. That’s an “A-plus” achievement for sure. Yeah, big George!
- – Hazel Smith takes exception to anything less than highest marks for George Strait.

If people don’t like it, that’s fine. They don’t have to buy it. I grew up listening to country music, but I also grew up listening to a lot of the ’80s rock bands. I’m not trying to make a rock album. I do country music, it’s just my version of it. And a lot of people do like it, and those are the ones I’m playing it for.
- – Jason Aldean to The Tennessean on charges that he’s too rock… like the one levied by Trailer’s “She’s Country” fake news, which is quoted by Peter Cooper in the article. (Trailer hit the big time!)

[Jason Aldean] is the ONLY country singer that sings COUNTRY songs.
- – Fan comment on aforementioned Tennessean article. Seems reasonable to me.

And not to get all preachy, but I do like the way these young men — Stephen “Hey Stephen” Barker Liles, Brian Bandas and Eric Gunderson — take time in the liner notes to give a shout out to a faithful God whose love never fails and to be grateful for being raised in a Jesus-filled home.
- – Alison Bonaguro. Not to get all skeptical, but I’m pretty sure “God” comes pre-printed on the “Who would you like to thank in the liner notes?” form distributed by all the major labels.

I remember one concert in Louisville, Kentucky. My backup singers sounded kind of off. I glanced over my shoulder to see what was the matter. There was [my husband] Carl at one of the microphones! And he had the audacity to wink at me. I decided to do him one better. I sauntered over to a policeman working security. “That man back there in the white shirt isn’t part of our group,” I told him. The cops hauled Carl away. It was all I could do not to crack up.
- – Dolly Parton on her husband’s practical joke tendencies.

For a couple of hard heads like us to compromise basically what it is you do, you’re constantly givin’ [something] up — and generally, I think, way more than you take from a relationship like that, no matter how successful it is. I’m the first one to say what a great singer Ronnie is and everything like that, but I mean, hell, I was writin’ songs for 10 years before I ever met him. And had a lot goin’ on… and he’s had to do the exact same thing.
- – Frustration seeps through as Kix Brooks discusses his split from Ronnie Dunn.

When I did Stardust, a lot of people said, ‘You’re crazy, those are old songs. People won’t buy them.’ But I had enough faith in the songs and the music itself to know that it didn’t matter if they were old or new. People don’t forget good songs. If it was a hit at one time, people will want to hear it again later.
- – Willie Nelson thinks that good songs age well. If anyone knows about aging well, he’s the guy.

Nashville has some of the finest musicians, songwriters, and engineers in the world, but unfortunately it’s controlled by pop radio and record companies that want to make a gazillion dollars and really could care less about making good music.
- – Asleep at the Wheel mafioso Ray Benson saws an old fiddle.

We can never afford to be lazy, or careless, or corrupt or greedy in the selection of songs. Songs are everything.
- – Producer Allen Reynolds has advice for industry decision-makers.

I think some day she’s going to like ‘Ava Adele,’ but she raised her hand on ‘Barbie Doll’ and said that song was about her. I had to kind of go, ‘Okay, for now that’s cool … but we’ll talk about it later, honey!’
- – Uh oh. Jack Ingram’s daughter relates to the good-looking, heartless title character of “Barbie Doll.” (Incidentally, the best version of the song is on Todd Snider’s Peace, Love and Anarchy.)

I mean, I’m not really a fan of country but [then] I heard Taylor Swift. [It's] kind of pop, so it’s a good kind of country that kids can get into.
- – A sixteen-year-old Taylor Swift fan explains the singer’s appeal.

She’s down to Earth. I was never into country but this is like pop so it’s good.
- – A fifteen-year-old Swift fan concurs. See all the new country fans Swift is creating? Exciting!

It’s a curse and a blessing. Mainly it’s a blessing because … I can have a career off that one song; well, I have had a certain career off that one song. But the good thing about it is it enables me to be able to go and do what I want to do, and that’s play real traditional country music.
- – Lee Ann Womack on sappy career song “I Hope You Dance.”

There’s definitely a market for Moore’s music: Folks who believe in an idyllic, if fictional, vision of rural America. But artists without a clear, definable sound and image — artists such as Moore — are destined for the bargain bin when, following a pair of radio hits, the public moves on to another one-trick pony.
- – NewsOK’s Ben Scott has (justifiably) harsh words for Justin Moore.

CP: There’s kind of an irreverence to your cover choices, like you’re trying to expand the boundaries of country music.
JN: Irreverence can be really powerful. It’s like subversive rebellion. You’re not screaming, “I’m going to change the world” Performing with the B52’s, we weren’t waving a flag and saying “Look at us—we’re bringing this iconic gay band into CMT.” We just did it, and people had to accept it. They loved it without even thinking about it.
- – In order for Jennifer Nettles’ quiet rebellion to take hold, she’ll have to get Kristian Bush to stop talking about all the ways he thinks Sugarland is changing the music world.

[Guy] Clark set forth on a mission to puy together an all-around great album and fell short drastically; needing to tone down his greatness, he landed flat on his face with an overpowering and dramatic album that is overwhelmed to the ear. His old-fashion rhythm can in no way keep up with today’s country music.
- – This review of the new Guy Clark album is damn near incomprehensible. What sort of drugs are the kids at Baylor University taking?

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  1. We just did it, and people had to accept it
    I wonder if changing the channel counts in Ms. Nettles’ world as “accepting it.”

  2. Leeann says:

    Amen about Willie! His new album is cool too.

  3. David Jones says:

    Interesting what Kix said. I really hope he and Ronnie release solo albums. And fast.

  4. Rick says:

    Wow, I really appreciate Jennifer Nettle’s candor about her subversive agenda! She’s earned a spot on my coveted “I Will Never Listen To This Artist Again” hit list. And by the way Jen, CMT is part of the subversive Viacom/MTV company that has the same political agenda as you and the other Obamavoter types that work there. You didn’t have to “sneak in” a gay rock group. They’d gladly let you do a “CrossRoads” episode with the Village People or Queen if they were still intact or Melissa Ethridge. What a douchebag…

    Taylor Swift shares a fan base with Miley Cyrus, Colbie Caillat, Katy Perry, and The Jonas Brothers. Most of them will never have an interest in anything identifiable as real country music. On the other hand Taylor’s fans are influencing country radio by supporting new pop acts like Gloriana, Love & Theft, and even Fast Ryde! Thanks, kids…

    I’m for anything that helps allow Lee Ann Womack to sing traditional country music! Go Lee Ann!

  5. I guess I should note that as a libertarian minarchist I don’t really have a problem with gay people or them coming out of the closet. Honestly I could give damn-all about Sugarland’s political agenda. I just have a problem with ’80s pop being passed off as country.

  6. Leeann says:

    Jeez, I like the Strait album, but a B+ is certainly a very fair grade for it. I’d much prefer to read a Pastorek column over Smith’s. I like what I’ve read of hers.

  7. Trailer says:

    Been a long time since Hazel graced a school, huh? Last I checked, “C” was average.

  8. J.R. Journey says:

    Thanking God is right up there with Mama in awards show acceptance speeched – and just behind the head of the record label, you can’t forget him either.

    This edition seemed a bit longer than usual, and the comments were extra snarky and insightful at the same time. You’ve got this honed down to a fine art now, Mr. Wilcox. This is essential reading for me every week.

  9. Dave says:

    Oh lord, I feel bad for the poor girl that wrote that Guy Clark review. How could a paper, even a university paper, actually publish something that bad?

  10. Hubba says:

    Hey Rick-
    C’mon man, don’t be hatin’ on Queen!

  11. Sam G says:

    That Baylor article is what happens when you take a Guy Clark review and translate it from English to Spanish to German to French to Japanese to English in Babelfish.

    Wow, and I thought Sugarland’s teaming up with the B52s was just an attempt to garner a little cheap publicity while forsaking country music in favor of tired ’80s relics. In fact, it was a landmark gay rights moment that forsook country music in favor of tired ’80s relics.

    • Kim says:

      Yeah, me too. Statement that had seemingly noting to do with the event when it happened made in hindsight. Brilliant.

      Rant: I am really starting to get annoyed with the likes of Martina, Reba and now Sugarland (if that’s really what they were doing, which I doubt.) and their “progressiveness”. Its preachy, not progressive. These stars seem to be trying to appeasing people and conform to the movement of the year in Hollywood, rather than trying to change country music’s/fans’ image. I’m sick of the whole thing to be honest. Gay celebrities/supporters haven’t done themselves many favors trying to change people’s minds about them (i.e. Perez Hilton/ Carrie Prejean fiasco). The gay community (or what I read of it) also has a bad case of ‘if you’re not for us, you’re against us.’ That isn’t helping either. /rant.


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