Quotable Country – 11/21/10 Edition


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And wasn’t Brad’s new song, “This Is Country Music,” a killer? We are what Brad wrote in the lyrics. We sing about honky-tonk Saturday nights and Sunday morning church.
– – Unlike Chet Flippo, Hazel Smith loved “This Is Country Music.” This is especially weird considering that she’s usually so critical of all things Paisley-related.

But I know I’ve got to and I know that I don’t need to compare myself to myself. I’ve just got to keep doing what I do and moving forward. But, yes, I’m so freakin’ nervous.
– – Miranda Lambert on following up Revolution.

You know, “She’s Country” kind of had that rapid-fire lyric in it, too. I mean, this one is probably more so, but “She’s Country” wasn’t that far from being a rap, honestly. This one’s just got a little different groove. I don’t know. It’s Southern rap. […] I really think that people who like “Johnny Cash” and “She’s Country” and “My Kinda Party” — this is all in that same vein. I think if you like those songs, you’re going to dig this song.
– – Southern rapper Jason Aldean on “Dirt Road Anthem.”

He’s sweet and awesome, and it’s, like, fascinating how charismatic he is. So genuine, I’ll join his fan club.
– – Taylor Swift on Justin Bieber.

Call it what you want but we sure love making country music and I think we’ve been able to open some doors for people like Taylor Swift. Who would’ve ever thought you’d hear Bon Jovi on country radio with Kid Rock? We might’ve had a little hand in opening the door to radio and getting them played.
– – Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox on the group’s legacy so far.

That’s probably the thing that hurts the worst, that people don’t think we’re country. … If they could cut our hearts open and look at our souls, we are country to the core.
– – Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney. Of course, if they’d just let a bit of that alleged countryness show in the music itself, we wouldn’t have to dissect their hearts to find it.

People I have dated in the past, even though they have had a status of some sort, it was never like this.
– – Julianne Hough on dating ultra-famous Ryan Seacrest. Chuck Wicks just got burned.

It has always been my goal to keep two feet in the past and one foot in the present. The mistakes people make when they try to fuse the past with current music is that they get too much of the current sound going on in the mix. I tend to lean a little toward the past, but you have to advance it otherwise you’re just mimicking. I could make a record that sounds just like Woody Guthrie, but where would the art be in that?
– – Justin Townes Earle. Okay, but let’s go back to the part where he has three feet.

I don’t live in Nashville and it’s just negative energy. It’s 364 days a year of politicking, trying to get that stuff and then one night watching 13 out of 15 come from the same label and I just said about five years ago, I’m not going no more. And I haven’t been back.
– – In case you missed the first few memos, Toby Keith still doesn’t care about the CMAs.

Pizza is a fun food and giving our diverse customers an opportunity to combine it with this new music release makes sense. Kid Rock’s albums are chart-toppers and this offering can help drive traffic to our stores.
– – You can buy Kid Rock’s new album over dinner at Little Caesars Pizza, thereby hastening your own demise in at least two ways simultaneously.

That is the most stupidest woman I ever heard of.
– – Ernest Tubb on Joan Baez.

I’m a much more precise writer. I’m able to say a whole lot more in fewer words. I don’t write a song anymore and say, ‘I need some filler lines to finish it.’
– – Clay Walker on becoming a better songwriter.

I’ve always had to walk that line. When I came to Nashville people would say, ‘Oh, you’re too country for country music.’ I kind of have learned to find songs, write songs and produce them sound-wise, that are something that I’m proud of, that I still consider country music, but still get through that mainstream barrier to get on radio.
– – Alan Jackson on walking that line.

Q: When you’re not touring or recording, what do you do for fun?
A: I know this sounds crazy, but in the summertime I love to mow the fields on my farm in Tennessee. It is so relaxing to me to be out on a tractor with no one calling.
– – George Jones. I wonder if that’s the same tractor…?

I can say that this did not surprise me the least, as I have no use for “my dog died, my wife left me, my truck broke down and I’m outta beer” music! Country music has been clearly linked to both depression and suicide. Although the newer artists tend to be more upbeat, older country music places those already at risk of suicide in harm’s way through depressive themes which foster suicidal thoughts.
– – Some guy recommends against using country as yoga music, but apparently doesn’t mind using sloppy generalizations as science. When has country ever been proven to foster suicidal thoughts?

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  1. says

    Liz Lemon: Hey, you don’t know the Post Master General, do you?

    Jack Donaghy: I do, but we had a falling out over the Jerry Garcia stamp. I mean, if I want to lick a hippie, I’ll just return Joan Baez’s phone calls.

  2. says

    – Ha ha. Go ahead Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney. Make me dislike you even more. Though I will admit that I find it oddly amusing to hear artists like Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean trying to make a case for their countryness. (CONFESSION: When I first heard “Dirt Road Anthem,” I was, despite being one of Aldean’s harshest critics, tempted to like it)

    – Apparently a love of pizza is the one way that Kid Rock and I can relate to each other. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop fast forwarding through his CMA performances, let alone buy the album on my next Little Caeser’s run.

  3. Nicole says

    I simultaneously know nothing about Julianne Hough and entirely too much about her love life, and most of what I know doesn’t make any sense.

    Southern rap? Oh really? I’m pretty sure that term already exists and means something else entirely.

  4. says

    This is one thing that I’ve wanted to ask any person who’s ever thumbed their nose at country music: Can you name me one country song that’s about a guy’s dog dying?

    • Mike K says

      Another example, though arguably less “country,” is “Old King” by Neil Young. However, I take your general point, Ben, that for the few songs that actually exist with that theme there have been exponentially more comments made to deride country music.

      • badrockandroll says

        Surface “understanding” of country music bugs me. Anyone who dismisses the whole dying dog tradition in songs as merely a sad cliche isn’t listening very closely to the lyrics. Old Shep, by anyone, and Old Blue, by Tom Russell are two more great songs. On the surface, they are depressing, but they also celebrate the bond that exists between you and your dog. I just got my first dog, and everytime I see her, I start singing “Your Adorable beast”, and she doesn’t seem to mind at all – that’s a true friend!

  5. ChurchsChicken says

    Concerning country music and suicide: There is a study by Sack and Gundlack described in their article “The Effect of Country Music on Suicide. See Social Forces, Vol 71 No 1 (Sept 1992) pages 211-128.

  6. says

    Okay, but let’s go back to the part where he has three feet.

    Probably the result of all the drugs Steve was doing back in the day. Either that, or the drugs Justin’s doing now…

    • Paul W Dennis says

      It would have been nice to know the context of the Ernest Tubb quotation. Ol’ ET wasn’t known for mean spirited quotes

  7. says

    Umm. I actually think sleeping in a treehouse among the birds does sound pretty awesome. Though I’d build a little fence and stuff. I slept in the top bunk as a kid – ain’t no fool.

  8. Rick says

    Did Joan Baez fall out of her tree after seeing the election results from pretty much everywhere else except “Mexifornia, The Libtard State”? Well at least if she landed on her head she couldn’t have possibly suffered any brain damage. Chris, if you move into a tree house like Joan’s, then rest assured knowing that Ernest Tubb would probably describe you as “That is the most stupidest man I ever heard of.” if he were still alive…

    Most of Taylor Swift’s public statements are amazingly shallow and boring. Taylor tends to gush like a 13 year old junior high cheerleader. Why couldn’t have Sarah Buxton or Emily West achieved that level of fame? At least those gals always have something fun and interesting to say on any subject. Oh well…

    I would guess Justin Earle didn’t excel in either math or physiology classes.

  9. says

    Always late to the party, but I do enjoy reading these. Love how they seem to be thematic lately too – this week’s concept of bashing posers who claim to be country works very well.

    And like Ben, I’ve wondered about the ‘dog dying’ lines about country songs, or for that matter, ‘losing your truck’ songs. Gross oversimplification that it is, David Allan Coe is the only artist I can think of who ever combined all the elements of that tired diatribe in song.


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