Quotable Country – 10/17/11 Edition

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I feel like I get away with murder. I’m really, really not that good.
– – Buddy Miller on his Americana Music Association Honors and Awards wins.

It sets the bar in a different area for the next album. I can’t just go back and do something like I’ve done before.
– – For Dierks Bentley, things will never be the same after “Up on the Ridge.” This gives me hope.

I do what I do and it’s not for everybody. It’s very, very hillbilly, but not in my opinion the overly simplified, pandering, manipulative way that a lot of the mainstream country music is, where people sound really country but if you listen they’re saying real dumb stuff and lines that have been said before over and over again.
– – Elizabeth Cook, whose Letterman appearance has evidently led to some sitcom interest.

Country has been crossing over into pop for decades. The only thing that has changed is that there’s less of a cycle. It used to be that country would go pop every decade or so, and then it would go back into a more traditional thing, and then back to pop. ‘Urban Cowboy’ had a huge pop appeal. Dolly Parton’s ’9 to 5′ and ‘Islands in the Stream’ — all these songs were huge pop hits. So now it’s really business as usual.
– – Keith Urban. If I’m understanding correctly, country has been going pop for years but the difference this time is that it’ll probably never come back? Great. Just great.

He is right up there with Jackson Browne, Springsteen and Dylan in my book. I recommend any of his records. He is one of my favorite songwriters, I don’t think he gets the recognition he deserves.
– – If befriending and signing with Zac Brown isn’t enough, take Sonia Leigh’s admiration of Chris Knight as further evidence of her musical intelligence.

People discovered me as a dancer when I was 18, but the reason I am so happy and positive all the time is because of certain things that I have gone through in my life that I don’t really choose to talk about, and those are the things that I can really relate to with Ariel.
– – Happy-go-lucky Julianne Hough’s hidden, sordid past allows her to relate to her character in the “Footloose” remake. Makes you wonder…

The hardest thing to embrace for me, with all sincerity is the de-valuzation of what music is deemed to be worth. […] That’s what I struggle with the most. Whatever anyone creates, its value is 99 cents. That’s what a record cost in 1960. You don’t have to look too hard to see that in the last four years, the industry is less than half what it used to be. I don’t know why that is, but if you have the opportunity to give somebody something that will last them a lifetime — and you think it’s worth 99 cents, that’s criminal to me.
– – I don’t know, Vince Gill. The overhead on that 99 cents (with no physical product attached) has to be significantly less than it was with vinyl, right? I think you might be barking up the wrong tree here.

I say there should be no hungry children in America.
– – A bold stance by Hazel Smith. Next thing you know she’ll come out against strangling kittens.

If I’m wanting to have a good time, I’ll have tequila. And if I want to have a relaxing night, I’ll drink red wine.
– – There’s a drink for any mood that might strike Martina McBride.

Q: Are there any sights here on the Eastern Shore that you are particularly excited to see? Any special food you like to eat while you’re on the East Coast?
A: No, not really… to both questions.
– – George Jones doesn’t bother endearing himself to Maryland fans.

But if you’re Oak Creek-based country musician Jim Harley, success is only a few grieving widows away. According to WISN, the up-and-coming star—one-half of the country outfit Smith & Harley—is being accused of swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from folks who thought they were investing in Harley’s music career. Instead, Harley used the money for expensive cars, Papa John’s pizza, and hair transplants.
– – Why didn’t I think of this?

The new Williams track borrows its title from a song called “Keep the Change,” which released by his daughter, Holly Williams, in 2009. While Holly Williams did not write the song, her version gained solid radio play with lyrics that present a more subtle but still biting critique of the Obama administration.
– – What in the world? If you can find “biting critique of the Obama administration” in the Holly Williams song below, I’ll miniature golf with Kim Jong-il.

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  1. says

    Doesn’t anybody remember the Darryl Worley song also called “Keep the Change” which was also a takedown of Obama? Though apparently it gained just enough notoriety to be “banned” by radio (quote-quote). I’m surprised hardly anyone’s mentioned it.

    I think there are plenty of artists who “get away with muder,” but Buddy Miller sure as heck ain’t one of them.

    • says

      I’m paraphrasing this from memory, but from Robert Plant’s lovely acceptance speech for Album of the Year – “When we were getting to go out on the road after Raising Sand, I said ‘We can’t go anywhere without Buddy Miller.’ I never want to go anywhere without Buddy Miller.

    • Matt B says

      Holly Williams – and to a lesser extent her brother – prove that talent does sometimes “skip” generations. If anything, your statement is more accurate of Hank Jr. Hank Jr’s not nearly the songwriter his father was and his daughter is.

      • says

        I feel like I’m in some parallel universe where people think that Hank Jr. (though not my personal favorite), Hank III and Holly Williams don’t have talent. While Hank Williams Sr is far and away my favorite of them all, I think they’re all talented in their own rights. Hank Jr. is my least favorite, in fact, but I can guarantee that many of the people who love his music aren’t necessarily huge Hank Sr fans, since their music is quite different.

      • says

        I’d agree that the grandchildren of Hank Williams aren’t on par with their father and grandfather, but I’d never discount Hank Jr.’s talent. He’s not really a personal favorite – I tend to either love or hate his songs. Still, we’re talking about the man who wrote “Family Tradition”, “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound”, “Heaven Can’t Be Found”, and more. And like the greatest artists, he owned his era and built his career into the kind of recognition rivaled only by Hank Sr. Johnny Cash. Dolly Parton, and the like. That takes a heap of talent.

    • says

      Neither Hank nor Holly are anywhere near as talented as their father. It just goes to show how much influence having a famous parent has. It’s rediculous and just plain sad.


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