Quotable Country – 10/12/08 Edition

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That’s a mighty fine performance.
– – George Jones on Patty Loveless’ cover of “She Thinks I Still Care.”

Hank Williams, Harlan Howard, Alan Jackson. Three names that mean greatness when it comes to writing country songs. Your name, Taylor Swift, can be in the same sentence with these songwriters.
– – Hazel Smith gets downright blasphemous.

The media has had fun trying to match the lyrics to her exes, but Simpson laughs at the suggestion they know who she’s singing about. “Many of the songs are about people the world hasn’t even heard of, but if the people in question listen, they’ll know who they are,” she says cryptically.
– – I don’t mean to belabor the point (see item 2), but Jessica Simpson has had a lot of boyfriends. Like, more than you’ll ever know. And she’s pretty showy about it.

Once I realized these were the songs coming out of me, I thought, “Oh God, no. Please.” I almost left these songs at home. Then I started thinking that I’d keep it short — that’s a good start. I thought I could give it away, too. In my mind, those two things honor the intellect of anyone that I can talk into listening.
– – Todd Snider’s political EP, Peace Queer, can be downloaded for free from his website through October 31.

This is just my own opinion, but because of the Internet we’ve evolved into perhaps the most informed, but least thoughtful, population in modern history. It’s a great tool for information, but I don’t know that it’s geared to encourage critical thinking.
– – Dwight Yoakam in the October 6 issue of Country Weekly.

But I think in our profession we take our bags everywhere. When I go on stage and sing, I’m singing about those bags, you know, that I’ve been carrying. So, you can’t really put ‘em down. You kinda carry ‘em everywhere.
– – Kellie Pickler discusses her bags.

Showing the difference between seasoned country singer and country poseur, Dolly’s voice exudes texture, personality, emotion and depth, while Simpson sounds, at best, like a cat being tasered.
– – Craig Semon of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette offers a fairly harsh, but equally entertaining, review of Jessica Simpson’s Do You Know.

As you get older, people get to treating you like an old friend, not quite as ready to throw things at you.
– – Kris Kristofferson on why he now feels safe touring without a band.

I will say that my fans are very loyal to me and my music, and I consider it an honor if a womerns gets my face tattooed on her.
– – Unknown Hinson, whose face also appears in a tattoo on Hank III’s bicep.

What, precisely, is supposed to be the difference between “gone for good” and “good and gone,” and what differentiates either from “long gone”? For all the song’s effort to make those phrases sound distinguishable, I’m pretty sure that, if your woman says any of them to you in the driveway before getting in her car and leaving, it’s a whiskey night. The song is simply trying too hard.
– – My favorite review of Chris Cagle’s “What Kinda Gone” appears on… a college football blog? Well, okay. The post touches on a number of other songs and artists and is well worth a read. Check it out.

[When] it doesn’t feel like you’re bullsh—in’ everybody when you do it.
– – Justin Townes Earle explains how to know when a song is complete.

some little short, sawed-off honky
– – Dolly Parton as described by Dolly Parton.

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