Quotable Country – 09/02/12 Edition

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I had to know: How many bikinis does Rimes have? “A ton. Literally. I have so many, I can’t even count. Like, two huge trunks of bathing suits,” she laughed.
– – Alison Bonaguro offers some typically stellar reporting, while LeAnn Rimes seems quite unaware of what “literally” means.

Alison thanks for being the best writer on CMT. We appreciate it :)
– – Troubling comment on a Bonaguro post at CMT.com.

Even when I wrote it, I didn’t think anybody would want to hear it. I thought it was too old-fashioned and too old-timey. And it is. It’s not a song that you automatically say, ‘Oh, that’s a radio-friendly song.’ I was surprised by how well the song did. I was surprised by the impact that it had on people. The impact that it had on my career.
– – Josh Turner on “Long Black Train.”

There’s something I love about going to Wal-Mart or Target, anywhere that sells actual CDs. I love going into stores and buying the actual album because I’m a fan. I live for looking at album artwork and who played on what song, where it was recorded. All that stuff is very important to me.
– – Dustin Lynch, unwittingly making a strong case for digital liner notes. In PDF format. Really, not that complicated. Why isn’t it already a standard?

Every songwriter in town wants a Jason Aldean cut. He’s getting pitched a lot of songs but obviously he can’t fit them all on his albums, so I’m getting to hear a lot of songs that Jason has been pitched. I’ll get some kickback from hearing some of the songs that, as a new guy, I wouldn’t have heard for this first album.
– – Dustin Lynch isn’t too proud to pick through labelmate Jason Aldean’s leftovers.

I bet I’m the only guy within six or seven square miles of this area who goes outside to pee just because it’s funny to me to see how far I can pee down into the canyon. I still get off on things like that. I’m still country. We should take a picture of me peeing!
– – Please don’t. Blake Shelton on being a real-life Beverly Hillbilly while staying in California for “The Voice.”

Lyric writing is at least two processes. Process one is ‘flow’: you want to keep ideas flowing, keep the pen moving, don’t worry about rhymes, just get it out—no restraints or second thoughts; Process two is ‘edit’: You look through what you’ve got for the best parts, try to rhyme it, move it around, see what you liked best. Then, repeat both processes as many times as it takes to finish the song. If you try both processes at once, that is, try to edit/critique while brainstorming, you will shut the writing down and only have an empty page.
– – Owen Temple on songwriting. Or any other kind of writing.

The Sacramento area man charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting his 50-year-old Shingletown son because he did not like his country music karaoke singing pleaded no contest today in Shasta County Superior Court to assault with a firearm.
– – Update on the guy who shot his son for singing Kenny Chesney karaoke.

It’s easy to get bogged down and be all selective and wonder if everything should have a deeper meaning at this point in my life —- but the truth is, it’s fun to go out on stage and just have a party. I’m partying with people who just had a hard week’s worth of work, and I still like delivering the cure for that.
– – Kix Brooks on resisting the temptation to take himself seriously.

So, if you see a band in some bar, and there’s hardly anybody there, and they played a good set, just go up to them and tell them that you really enjoyed it. No amount of money in that tip jar is going to stick with them as long as those kind words, because, in the end, that’s why we’re doing this thing, because we love it and we’re trying to connect with other people. I know it sounds corny, but it is absolutely true.
– – Singer/guitarist Maurice Tani (77 El Deora) on life outside the upper echelon of the music business.

The first time I seen him, I didn’t know who he was. We were down in Florida at a bluegrass festival, and here comes this guy wearing white boots, black pants, a paisley jacket, a red shirt, and purple hat. I thought ‘Who in the world is this guy? He looks like a clown.’ I was fourteen years old, and thought ‘I’ve got to see this.’ So, he takes the stage, and all of a sudden, Ken Clark steps up and says ‘Ladies and gentlemen, here’s Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys.’ I thought ‘THAT’S Jimmy Martin?’
– – Marty Raybon on an early encounter with bluegrass royalty.

That was awesome, man. But it was funny because we never thought we’d have to tell Steve Martin, ‘Just have fun.’ He takes that banjo so seriously. He loves it. He’s a true musician. And it was an honor to play with an American icon.
– – Gary LeVox on working with Steve Martin, who was evidently as flummoxed as I by his intended part in that “Banjo” performance at the last ACM Awards.

I’m as physically removed from (Nashville) as you can go without swimming.
– – Dwight Yoakam from Los Angeles, forgetting the existence of Canada, Mexico, and all of Central and South America. Also, boats and planes. Oh, and space shuttles.

The most important concept you have to understand is simplicity. You can write a hard song any day of the week: Just throw in a bunch of notes and say as many words as you can think of. But Stuck On You, Easy, Still,—I mean, simplicity. What year does that song sound like it might have been written? Pick a year. What wedding did it work for? Every wedding. What religion did it work for? Every religion. The reason people know these songs so well is because they are very basic, one-on-one feelings and emotions.
– – Lionel Richie, sounding very much like a country songwriter.

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  1. ChurchsChicken says

    Alison Bonaguro may not be the “best writer on CMT” but she’s probably the most interesting. Interesting in a trainwreck kind of way, but interesting nonetheless. Bonaguro’s entries at the old CMT blog invariably would get far more comments than the more serious and better informed writers would. Bonaguro is a joke, for sure, but there’s clearly a readership for her kind of fare.

  2. says

    Somebody’s bound to say it sooner or later: If Alison Bonaguro is the best writer at CMT, then they’re in big trouble. By the way, is there anyone left on earth who understands what “literally” means?

    That Dustin Lynch quote sounds almost exactly like something I would have said myself. I must be one of the last remaining holdouts who routinely buys physical CDs over digital downloads.

    It’s both funny and sad how Jason Aldean has all these different songwriters pitching him stuff, and yet he still ends up going for such weak song material.

    • says

      I still buy physical CDs all the time. The only ones I digitally download are the obscure ones my local Target or Wal-Mart won’t have like Punch Brothers, Gretchen Peters, etc. I could buy them, physically, on-line, but don’t want to wait five to seven days for them to be shipped.

      But sometimes, CDs I would’ve bought physically are such a good deal on Amazon MP3 I can’t pass it up. Case in point, Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged for 3.99. You couldn’t match that in a store.

      Overall, though, I prefer physical CDs. Like Dustin says, something to hold in your hand and I just like the way I’ve been doing it my whole life. Feels more personal.

      Go Dustin Lynch for championing the buying of physical product.

  3. Cee says

    Why anybody would make pitching songs to Jason Aldean a priority is beyond me…but a lot of things in country music are anymore

  4. Ben Milam says

    Owen Temple has it right. And his Mountain Home record is great. Check out Danger and Good Times and One Day Closer to Rain. The Maestro Guy Clark was the one that said good songs are written. Great songs are written and re-written and re-written and re-written again.

    I don’t do downloads at all. My ipod is stagnant. I have to have the experience of the actual product in my hand. I’ve been a liner notes geek since I found SRV’s name in a David Bowie album.

    Anyone think it’s coincidence that the Kenny Karaoke incident happened in Shasta county? As in Sunny Shasta Sweeney?


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