Quotable Country – 11/04/12 Edition

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Everything is beautiful, all the trees, the different kinds of grasses. Everything is in the right place, even a piece of junk. It just makes everything look different for a second or two.
– – Ray Price on his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. The 86-year-old singer has quietly undergone chemotherapy for the past six months. We’re pulling for him.

I also love listening to Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and others. Who says that some have to go in order to make room for others? The only people that I get that vibe from is mainstream, commercial radio. Labels are slaves to radio so, they fall in line. MAJOR, traditional labels are imploding at the speed of light.
– – Ronnie Dunn has been very outspoken on his Facebook page lately.

With radio and label consolidation, the number of viable artists has shrunk noticeably over the past couple years. It’s really obvious that the ranks of good country artists have been decimated. It’s especially affecting women. Radio doesn’t want women artists, labels aren’t signing them, and it’s showing up in the charts.
– – Chet Flippo, quoted in USA Today.

I kicked the door open and I’m going to hold my leg in there. I’m going to keep the door open for all the amazing female singer-songwriters that are coming out. I have the Pistol Annies; I’m a big fan of females in this business. We’re going to do it. We’re going to keep plowing through. It is a man’s world a little bit, and we love the guys. But we’re awesome, too.
– – CMA Female Vocalist winner Miranda Lambert. Quote via Country Aircheck.

Country music is my life. To be male vocalist of the year is the biggest thing in the world to me, and to be entertainer of the year is an even bigger deal.
– – Bigger than biggest? If you say so, Blake Shelton.

It’s not taking too much of a risk for most [country] stars if they want to do a rally for a Republican. But there’s always some risk, and in this climate where any sales are hard to come by, everybody’s very risk-averse. Country music is not a place where risks are encouraged in general, musical or otherwise.
– – Chris Willman, who wrote the book on country music and politics.

Asked if he would object if a Democratic candidate used “God Bless the USA,” Greenwood said he probably would if he heard it in a national advertisement. But he might not mind if a Democrat used it at the state or local level.
– – So much for “God Bless the USA” being an apolitical statement of national pride, huh?

He’s never tried to conform to what Nashville or radio or anybody else thought he should be, and I think early on in his career it cost him a little bit. He wasn’t getting that radio success. But I think when he started releasing songs like ‘Homeboy’ and ‘Springsteen’ and some of that stuff, they’re just great songs and really different. I think those kind of things let people know that’s who Eric Church is and it really kind of set him apart from a lot of the other acts that are out there.
– – Jason Aldean on the rise of Eric Church.

According to Schafer’s measure, Swift is especially popular with 6- to 12-year-olds, a coveted demographic because of their purchasing power, Schafer said.
– – OMG.

When a song like ‘Before He Cheats,’ ‘Blown Away’ or ‘Cowboy Casanova’ manages to have some crossover success, it does it ‘as is.’ I’ve never been one for doing remixes. Then I’ve gotta decide which version am I gonna be tonight: country Carrie or pop Carrie? I’d rather just make country music that anybody can get into no matter what they listen to.
– – Carrie Underwood on not remixing, and not needing to.

Well, if you listen to a Carrie Underwood song, for example, you could hear that anywhere. It doesn’t dawn on you immediately that that’s a country song. I don’t know why they bother to call it country. Why don’t they just call it a song and leave it at that?
– – “Nashville” creator Callie Khouri.

A Georgia-raised ex-golf pro, Ford appeared in 2008 and has won a fan base of confused suckers. Let’s be kind: The dude is no Eminem. And his cliche-packed rhymes? Trucks, fishin’ holes, dirt roads, squirrel huntin’, small towns. Yeah, I get it — he’s “country” and “real.”
– – Idaho Statesman columnist Michael Deeds isn’t a Colt Ford fan.

The whole show rests on this gag: her move from Nashville to LA. But like everything in Malibu Country, it’s utterly shopworn and strains credulity. McEntire’s singer-songwriter is too ignorant not to note the purchase of a multi-million-dollar piece of real estate? She’s been around the music business for decades, but doesn’t realize how difficult it is to get back into it? And after all that time, she has no sympathetic contacts to lend her a hand? It’s all a stretch, stemming from a preposterous cluelessness about how wealth really works.
– – “Malibu Country” review in The Atlantic. “Nashville” earns more favorable mention.

[My dad] was like ‘My boy ain’t gonna be no damn writer; you know, give him his reading, writing and arithmetic and let’s go.’ I remember going home in the car he was just like, ‘There ain’t no way. There ain’t no way he’s gonna make a nickel (as a writer). He’s gonna get out like I did in the oilfield and he’s gonna work like a guy’s supposed to work.’ […] I’m not upset with my parents. You can’t tell in the sixth grade that you’re supposed to tell your kid, ‘Go and be a creative writer.’
– – Toby Keith on choosing a different path.

If you turn on contemporary country music radio right now, I helped cause that. […] I started listening to what I was playing, and it wasn’t country music and it wasn’t rock ‘n’ roll. It was just a bunch of nothing.
– – Marty Stuart.

Oh Baby! Mike Eli Won’t Bring His Newborn to the CMAs
– – Not that I don’t appreciate the breaking news, Country Weekly, but had anyone assumed that Eli WOULD be bringing his 3-month-old to a loud, televised awards show? That’d be pretty stupid.


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  1. Paul W Dennis says

    Asked if he would object if a Democratic candidate used “God Bless the USA,” Greenwood said he probably would if he heard it in a national advertisement. But he might not mind if a Democrat used it at the state or local level. ●
    – – So much for “God Bless the USA” being an apolitical statement of national pride, huh?

    That’s a bit of a snide comment CW. Do you say the same thing about the various rock/pop acts that object to their songs being used by Republicans ?

    • says

      If the song in question has been built up in such a way that it rivals the anthem as an expression of national pride for ALL Americans, sure. But that’s not true of many songs.


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