Quotable Country – 09/29/13 Edition

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I’ve been in that situation before. So have my co-writers. That’s one of the reasons why this song kinda came out.
– – Chris Young with the fascinating story of “Aw Naw.”

Sounds like the same country music that’s been around since country music started. That’s what country music will always be. It’s just a matter of what kind of beat’s behind it or what kind of guitar’s playing.
– – Brian Kelley (to a Washington Post reporter) on the Florida Georgia Line sound.

Thank you for loving us and helping us change country music.
– – Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard offers conflicting information from the stage.

Alan wanted to do it like that. The funny thing is, in contemporary bluegrass—unfortunately—it’s not the way we usually work either, though I didn’t want to tell him that.
– – Rob Ickes on recording Alan Jackson’s bluegrass album live in one room.

Some singers can come out, have lights and smoke and video screens, but when the fans walk off, are they going to talk about the video screens? After my show, they walk away going, ‘That was fun.’ […] Newcomers that watch our show will tell me, ‘I learned so much.’ It’s about spontaneity. You can stop and talk and be friends and develop a relationship with an audience. I don’t have a set list, and the audience realizes, ‘This is not a guy who’s got everything tracked out. He’s gonna look at us, and talk to us, and we’re going to be part of the show.’
– – Neal McCoy on his live show.

I don’t hate producers. I hate it when people are trying to tell you, “You need to do this to make your song better.” I’m totally into people who know a million things about sound and all that stuff. But I know my sound, I know my songs, I write songs for myself. Buzz from The Melvins is the exact same way. He totally agrees with that same philosophy. Some people don’t want to have anything to do with the songwriting process, and want people to tell them, “Hey, do this.” But when you’re dealing with someone as creative as me or as creative as Buzz, we know our sound, we know our riffs, we know what we’re going for. So that can be a problem.
– – Hank III on the decision to self-produce his upcoming albums, including Brothers of the 4×4.

If the music’s good and the songs mean something, it’s going to react. I want to do this forever, and that takes time.
– – Sometimes reality show contestants are seen as not particularly smart, but I think “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope is quite correct that doing anything forever is bound to take a long time.

He’s one of the greatest voices I’ve heard in my life.
– – John Esposito, head of Warner Music Nashville, on Andy Griggs Brett Eldredge.

I’ve heard so many country songs in the last few years about dirt roads and being on them and how great it is. There’s nothing wrong with that and I’m sure there are some people who have great memories about growing up on a dirt road somewhere. But I thought a lot of people were maybe just using that because they thought it was cool or it sounded country, not because they really loved a dirt road. I had a different perspective growing up on the side of a dirt road. There was this Playtex bra factory not far from us. When the workers got off their shift about four in the afternoon, a lot of them would cut through that dirt road between the highways. It was one car after another flying through there, dust flying everywhere. It was just miserable every afternoon. The road was rough with rocks. I couldn’t ride a bicycle or roller skate or do anything as a kid. So finally when they paved that road it was really nice, because all the dust went away and it gave us kids a place to do things.
– – Alan Jackson, commenting on the song “Blacktop” from his Bluegrass Album, says old dirt roads aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Going out and, you know, getting back into why I started doing this, which is to see boobies and do drugs and things.
– – Blake Shelton to Jimmy Fallon on touring during time off from “The Voice.”

Listener feedback leads me to believe that the increase in references to getting high is barely tolerated by those with more traditional values. It still boils down to the family friendly nature of the format. Parents are concerned with the message being sent to children/teens via the music. Country has been a bit of a musical safe haven over the years (with the exception of drinking songs) and that appears to be slowly changing.
– – Bob Barnett, operations manager for Entercom’s Rochester, N.Y., radio cluster, quoted in a Phyllis Stark article that wonders: “Has Country Music Gone One Toke Over The Line?”

There are some people who just don’t need to write anymore. When you’re asked to write another up tempo song for whomever once again, it just gets stagnant. People just burn out. For me, I’m almost 70 years old, and I’ve got living to do.
– – Bob McDill on why he retired from songwriting in 2000.

That country singers are warring over the state of the music is for some a refreshing change from the closed ranks, don’t say anything if you can’t say anything nice attitude that usually binds them into fellowship. Discussion, even if it’s heated, is always good if any change is ever going to take place.
Aldean doesn’t buy into that perspective, however.
“First of all, I’ve never been accused of being politically correct,” he says. “You don’t have to do that, though. I know there are people who don’t like what I do, and that’s fine. There are people out there doing stuff I don’t necessarily like. If we all did the same thing then it would be boring. Doesn’t mean you have to rip people apart, though.”
– – The Vancouver Sun gets more comments from Jason Aldean on the Zac Brown kerfuffle. Did Brown really rip anyone apart? I thought he honestly answered a question he’d been asked.

I love Merle and George. Is it like Merle and George now? No, it’s not. What you have to keep in mind is that the time has changed between the guys who were writing songs back in the day and the ones who are around now.
Many of those old songs were written during the Great Depression. I didn’t live through the Depression and neither have many of the songwriters, so of course the subject matter has to change. It evolves. You can’t write the same subject matter for 50 years.
– – Jason Aldean again, in the same Vancouver Sun piece.

The hits keep coming for local country music star Eddie Montomery, but not on the music charts.
A lawsuit filed in Boyle Circuit Court by Central Bank and Trust Co. of Lexington claims Montgomery and his ex wife Tracy Nunan owe nearly $12.7 million over the failed Eddie Montgomery Steak House in Harrodsburg.
– – Are they sure this is the same Eddie Montgomery? The one who bounces around in a trenchcoat twirling his mic stand, tongue hanging out the side of his mouth, always struck me as a shrewd businessman with a keen intellect.

Q. What inspired you to write your book, “Does God Still Bless the USA?” your book that came out last year?
A. It wasn’t necessarily inspiration as it was a request. It came from Tate Publishing out of Oklahoma. They asked me if I would write the book, and I thought, “Let me get a title.” And I figured, “Does God Still Bless the USA?” would be something that’s not just controversial, but asks the question, are we still the traditional nation that we were back when we became a country?
– – Check out Lee Greenwood’s uninspired “Does God Still Bless the USA?” which asks if we are still the same nation we were 237 years ago. I should hope not.

Too many people see it all as ‘post-everything,’ as if every insurgent-type of music has been done, so we might as well just chant big stadium anthems. People just want to be pleased and entertained. You can see it on someone’s face when you’re playing a song they don’t like, and they’re looking like they hit ‘skip’ on their iPod five times and can’t figure out why you’re still playing.
– – Jason Boland on striving to engage and challenge fans on a level deeper than just entertainment.

It’s what I was born to do. I love it. I love everything about it. It’s still kind of like a hobby with me. Money’s good, but I’d do it for nothing. Don’t tell nobody.
– – Billy Joe Shaver (at 74) on playing music.

Who would have thought that a few songs about shaking your ass would lead to all this?
– – Luke Bryan to People Magazine on his career success.

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  1. says

    Wow. Is Brian Kelley (a) deaf; (b) stupid to hitherto unthought of levels or (c) thinks the rest of us are stupid to similarly unthought of levels?

    Also stupid: how long does Jason Aldean think the Great Depression lasted?

  2. Chris says


    – Florida Georgia Line should be abolished from making any kind of music, in any genre, period

    – John Esposito is a prime example of 21st century corporate America: Idiots in positions of power

    – Blake Shelton is like Brad Paisley to me…every time one of them opens their mouth, I lose a little more respect for them

    – Speaking of sounding like the idiots they are, Jason Aldean confirms that each time he opens his mouth

    – Eddie Montgomery probably doesn’t deserve all the hardship he’s dealing with…but he also didn’t deserve a record deal either…maybe he could make a resurgence as an umbrella twirler…

    – Luke Bryan might be the single biggest thing wrong with country music in 2013

    • says

      every time one of them opens their mouth, I lose a little more respect for them

      Chris, I have made this EXACT observation re: Brad Paisley more than once. I feel the same about Blake Shelton as well. Totally agree with your observations re: FGL and Luke Bryan too.

      That was a nice litte couple of straw men Aldean set up there. Jackson and Strait didn’t sound like Haggard and Jones either, but I don’t remember anyone ever accusing them of bastardizing country music.

      • Chris says

        Pistolero –

        Great minds think alike…maybe you were where I heard the observation about Brad first and I just forgot haha!

        But seriously, it kills me when someone says their influences are Haggard/Jones/Strait and their ilk, yet sound nothing like them. Ain’t foolin nobody

      • Sabra says

        Strait sure sounded a lot like Jones early in his career when he was covering a lot of his songs. ;) He doesn’t really sound like that anymore, no, but it’s been a clear, obvious evolution over the course of his career and it makes sense for the singer and all of it still kind of makes sense if you take the long view.

  3. says

    To be fair to Jason Aldean, he never struck me as a history major or scholar. Actually, I didn’t think he was aware of anything that predated 1987 or so, so the fact that he realizes there WAS a Great Depression is pretty remarkable.

  4. KathyP says

    Let’s see, George born in 1931; Merle in 1937. Great depression roughly from October 1929 to about 1940. Who knew they wrote “Farmer in the Dell.”

  5. CraigR. says

    The saddest story is Chris Young. He has a great voice but he is wasting it on trying to be like the others around him. That is a sign of bad management and immaturity. Aldean once said he hasn’t read a book since high school, and it shows. I lost respect for him and Bryan a long time ago- when they both got tats of the hunting brand that sponsors them. If they had anything of value to say they would have already have said in a song. That’s why they aren’t real country singers. The two Georges, Merle, and Alan put their real thoughts into their songs. Aldean and the rest of his frat brothers don’t have that talent.

    And does Brian Kelley have any real talent? He is the modern day Kix Brooks.

  6. SunsetPark says

    Obviously it didn’t hit his wallet too hard, but someone should point out to Jason Aldean that he and every other writer in Nashville today has just lived through the greatest recession since the Great Depression. Might have been some material in that, should they care to hop down off the tailgate and stop drinking long enough to notice.

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