Quotable Country – 10/01/12 Edition

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I’m good.
– – Loretta Lynn, asked to explain her career longevity.

See, songs today on the radio are about getting what you want. All those songs about the girl and the boy and the truck? They’re about getting what you think you want right now. Well, maybe you shouldn’t get it. I mean, maybe what you need is not that girl or that truck.
– – Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor thinks there might be more to life (and art) than instant gratification.

Ronnie and Rob, they’d say, ‘Dad, you know there’s this song so-and-so.’ And I’d say, ‘Well, play it for me.’ They’d have a tape of it or a record. And I’d say, ‘We could do that if we can get it in the right key or the right tempo to suit me.’ It happened a lot. I have been influenced by those boys.
– – Del McCoury on receiving a musical education from his sons. (In conversation with Jewly Hight, who was also responsible for the Secor quote. In a different publication. She’s everywhere.)

The first time I ever met Loretta, she had heard my single. I was brand new, and I had one single out. She heard it and liked it. It was really, really country. She told me, ‘Just don’t let them push you pop.’ … And I never did, thanks to Loretta.
– – Lee Ann Womack on Loretta Lynn, but not “I Hope You Dance.”

It is a lot of hard work and traveling. It kind of gets to you. I don’t mind traveling that much when I can go somewhere and stay there for a while, but touring is different. You rarely see anything. You get there early in the morning and you’re resting all day, and you go in and do a sound check, and you do the show, and then bam you’re gone. So it’s not like you’re getting to go out and see the sights and all the cities you go to.
– – George Strait on touring.

It hurts me to even think about it. Waylon said, ‘Now listen, you’re passing up something real good here.’ I told Waylon, ‘Waylon, I’m not sleeping with you. I’m sleeping with Brenda, so I gotta get along with her and I’ll try to get along with you.’ But he got mad. He wouldn’t speak to me for a long time.
– – Billy Joe Shaver on passing up the opportunity to be on the famed “Wanted! The Outlaws” album, at his wife’s insistence.

I’ve honestly had a really, relatively charmed life, and I have a wonderful family. I don’t feel like there’s been a ton of things in my life that I’ve really had to overcome and stuff like that.
– – Carrie Underwood on why she’s an odd pick for a VH1 “Behind the Music” special. It’s easy enough to hate people who’ve led charmed lives, but you have to appreciate her honesty.

A lot of times I’ll wear eye glasses when I don’t wear my contacts, so I’ll put my eye glasses on and not wear a hat. […] We just went to the beach, and I was clean shaven before we went down there, and I wore my eye glasses the whole time. Nobody knew who I was.
– – When Eric Church needs to disguise himself, he takes off the hat and sunglasses..

Country music has a story. Anything that has ever happened to you in life, country music has a story about that. Sometimes I think they wrote my life. Carl Smith had a song called ‘Are You Teasing Me?’ – it tells a story about a guy who asks his girl, ‘If you don’t mean me no good, let me know now before it gets too far.’ I’ve been there.
– – Jimmy Carter (Blind Boys of Alabama) on loving country music.

Country Music Television has ordered 10 episodes of a new series that will star Dog and his wife Beth Chapman. The show, tentatively called “DOG,” will begin production in early 2013 and is slated for a spring or summer premiere. […] Jayson Dinsmore, Executive Vice President for Development and Programming at CMT, says, “This series is a game changer for CMT. We were aggressive in our pursuit of a show featuring Dog and Beth.”
– – “We just really, really hate music videos and all music-related programming,” added Dinsmore. CMT is up to its old tricks, nabbing Dog the Bounty Hunter for a new series. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t sing.

That’s been a big factor in our success. A lot of the music speaks to [college-aged men].
– – Eric Church chalks his success up to finding a demographic that had been underserved – at country radio, if not at bars.

“Love’s Truck Stop” is packed with stories and messages. Whom the fate of the child of an alcoholic in “Fistful Of Roses” can be cold, has not listened. “I Buried Your Love Alive” will say tough, Come over it or you go broke! “Sad Magnolia” is about a stranded California girl who misses her friend stayed at home. The consequences of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico mountain reaches into “Black Ribbons” on. It would take too long to respond to every song. Matraca Berg shows heart and understanding for those who will trample on those for the marginalized. It draws on stories that, in terms of the general public who have no great significance, are for those directly affected but hardly mastered. Matraca Berg: “I am inspired by the stories that go by unnoticed to most people. People who make it despite all opposition yet. This situation, we all know – it’s easy to know well, we are not alone with it. ”
– – Google translation of a German review for the upcoming Matraca Berg album. Sounds good even in broken English.

He was very warm. Even though he was very strong in his principles, he had a great sense of humor. He didn’t want to get serious except with his work or playing cards. He had a working man mentality. He was working in the fields picking cotton at age ten. He loved talking to the working people, and he never thought himself above it. He was the same at the Ritz Hotel in Paris as he was at the Holiday Inn. He always wanted people to feel comfortable.
– – Jessi remembers Waylon.

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  1. KC says

    That Lee Ann Womack comment bothered me when I was listening to the Opry broadcast. It’s like she’s forgotten she made an entire pop album with “Something Worth Leaving Behind.”

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised CMT pursued Dog the Bounty Hunter, but it’s still disappointing. Even worse is that it will probably get better ratings than if they showed actual music programming.

  2. says

    That Lee Ann Womack wants to forget about the Something Worth Leaving Behind album is understandable. And I’d like to swap temporal lobes with her so I only remember the things I’m proud of, and we’ll just block out those pesky regrets and should-have-beens in life.

  3. says

    The Womack quote didn’t bother me that much. I would guess Lee Ann considers IHYD and SWLB to be aberrations in her catalog, which I can understand…

    …but on the other hand, if Something Worth Leaving Behind had not been such a flop, we might not have gotten There’s More Where That Came From. And THAT would have been a crying shame.

    • says

      Or, if she hadn’t wasted her time with Something Worth Leaving Behind, we may have gotten There’s More Where That Came From sooner.

  4. Dana M says

    Lee Ann Womack can forget about Something Worth Leaving Behind all she wants as long as she finds a new label home and releases a new album… fast.


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