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Quotable Country – 12/05/10 Edition

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Hopefully we’ll be able to break an artist through this show. That’s the goal. I call it ‘The Ricky Martin Moment’ because I remember exactly where I was at the Grammys the year he performed ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca,’ and that moment totally changed his career. At that moment it was the watercooler conversation that everybody was having.
- – Fletcher Foster, coproducer of the American Country Awards, is looking for the next Ricky Martin. Here’s hoping he doesn’t make Easton Corbin do “Shake Your Bon-Bon.”

Well, if I could be there to support Eddie through this, I would. I’ve met him twice at concerts…he is an awesome performer. I think I would drink his bathwater!!
- – Fan comments on Eddie Montgomery’s divorce.

Us magazine claims to have a story with details on how Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about spending Thanksgiving with Taylor Swift. And here’s everything Gyllenhaal had to say: “Great.” That’s how she said the day went. So what you kind of have to do, to read between the lines, is look at the story the picture is telling you. It’s one of Swift, Gyllenhaal and her adorable daughter Ramona, 4, strolling down a sidewalk that looks like it could be somewhere in Brooklyn. [...] Swift looks like she could slip into that Aunt Taylor role really easily.
- – Alison Bonaguro does her best to make a non-story about a non-story.

Loretta Lynn told me to my face, ‘You’re countrier than I am,’ and I thought, ‘This is coming from a woman who rhymes ‘hard’ with ‘tired.’
- – Miranda Lambert. (Thanks to Jeremy Dylan for sending this one in.)

I try my hardest to keep my ticket prices low, THIS I HAVE CONTROL OF.!! I can not control nor do i understand how the f*ck the scalpers and all the secondary websites and bullshit get them. IF I COULD CONFRONT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM FACE TO FACE I WOULD AND IT WOULD NOT WORK OUT TO WELL FOR THEM I GAURANTEE ALL OF YOU. I hate them, i feel like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while im chained to a chair.
- – Kid Rock is no fan of ticket scalpers, or of being chained to chairs while family members get beaten up.

It’s such a prestigious awards show. It’s mattered so much in just all music, especially for country right now, because I think we’re finally out there. We’re finally where people are paying attention to country music, and we’re part of the world of music now. We’re not out by ourselves anymore.
- – Miranda Lambert on country’s Grammy nominations and rising profile.

It’s one of those unavoidable things, especially when you’re dealing with legacies as powerful as Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt. And then there are certain behavioral expectations, which I unfortunately tend to keep meeting on a regular basis.
- – Justin Townes Earle on comparisons to his forebearers.

He rolls 24 hours a day. I couldn’t take it — staying out all night, smoking dope. And I was the youngest person on the bus.
- – Kinky Friedman on recent travels with Willie Nelson.

Part of me loves it. Part of me is like, ugh. I don’t want the town to get any bigger ’cause I like the airport where you can just park your car outside and run inside and grab something, but it’s just … the town’s getting so big. The award shows are getting so big. I don’t know, just kinda got to embrace it and enjoy it. I still like the smallness of the town. Hopefully, it doesn’t get too big.
- – Dierks Bentley on growth in Nashville.

They have been really nice about taking me under their wings and showing me a lot of the ropes about the business. I’ve also learned a lot from watching their songs.
- – Josh Kelley on touring with Eric Church and Miranda Lambert and watching(?!) songs.

It’s so frustrating. I think that culturally we, and not just in country music, but culturally in general we try to dumb it down so much, from television to movies to just about anything. You can certainly see it in country music. To me, you listen to Ray Price “For the Good Times,” and you go back even further to Jimmy Rodgers. Go to Hank Williams. That was country, but that wasn’t dumb, you know? Even songs like “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It,” that’s hillbilly poetry and it’s done cleverly and it’s about as country as you can get but it’s not dumb, you know?
- – Raul Malo.

I’m really impressed with Taylor Swift, right along with billions of others, and I love Lady Antebellum. I love traditional country music but I like the more rock stuff as well. Music can be here or there style-wise, but it’s what is at the heart of the poetry of the song that truly impresses me.
- – Count Clint Black among the fans of Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum.

Two neighbors got into a fight Thursday night over the sexual orientation of a country singer. Joe Capes and Ronald Richards were hanging out in Richards’ trailer when they began arguing about the sexual orientation of country music singer Conway Twitty. … [The] two got into a shoving match, eventually ending when Capes punched Richards in the face, breaking his glasses, and causing his eye to bleed.
- – You just can’t make this stuff up.

The only thing I could tell a man that asked me that is that we weren’t thinking about 60 years ahead. We were only tryin’ to make a living.
- – Charlie Louvin on the legacy of the Louvin Brothers.

I hope her 15 minutes of fame lasts for 40 years, and it very well might.
- – Dolly Parton on Taylor Swift.

BONUS: What’s not to love about Joe Nichols singing a Roger Miller song?

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  1. I love the Alison Bonaguro quote. Alison’s inanities never fail to make my day better.

    Also, I agree with Clint Black – Taylor Swift is pretty good.

  2. You’re most welcome, hoss.

  3. Roger Miller was one of those rare, brilliant talents. No matter who is singing one of his songs, the melody and meter have that unmistakable personality in them that lets you know it was a song he wrote. I remember hearing “It Only Hurts When I Cry” for the first time after I really started paying attention to music and thinking “Hmmm, that sounds like a song Roger Miller would write” only to later find out he had in fact co-written it. That, my friends, is what separates the great from the pretty good.

    • Completely agree with you about Roger Miller. I had a similar experience hearing Mark Chesnutt’s recording of “You Can’t Do Me This Way” for the first time… I knew it was one of Miller’s songs just by the way it was put together, even never having heard the original. Love him.

  4. That Conway Twitty story made my day.

  5. What Miranda Lambert was really saying about The Grammy Awards: “We’re finally where (lots of) people (with questionable taste in music) are paying attention to (mainstream, Top 40, pop-rock contemporary) country music, and we’re part of the (mass market, popular culture) world of music now. We’re not out by ourselves anymore (formerly due to a distinctive style, sound, or level of musical integrity which set country music apart). (Now that mainstream country has become just another part of the pop and rock music genres, we get our own TV specials and PEOPLE magazine issues! What could be better than that?).”

    Raul Malo may not use the terminology, but he is pointing out that in comparison to great country music of the past, today’s mainstream country is far better suited to airheads!

    I can sort of understand why Dolly would say that comment about Taylor Swift as Dolly won’t be around for another 40 years to have to listen to that caterwauling for that long. Sadly, due to the poor judgement of Obamavoters its unlikely the United States as a free and independent country will still exist in 40 years, so its kind of a moot point anyway…

    • RE: Raul Malo: I find it unhelpful to point to 3 or 4 great songs of the past and then imply that today’s music is ‘dumbed down’ compared with those great songs. It might be more helpful to compare the best of the past with the best of today and the worst of the past with the worst of today.

      Malo’s commentary is worth very little. He offers little – if any – reason to believe that today’s music is “more dumbed down” than music in the past.

  6. If i could be a fly on the wall of that Conway Twitty arguement……

    that would be the best thing ever lol
    that made my week

  7. It pains me to admit this, but I can tell you that Ricky Martin sang “The Cup of Life” during his breakthrough Grammy performance, not “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” I swear, it was a big deal at the time.

    • I remember that too … and that song was a fairly big dance hit about a year before ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ made Martin an international star, and also launched the whole Latin music craze at the beginning of the millennium.

      The Billboard cover story on Miranda Lambert is a fascinating read, and you quoted my favorite line.

      Extra good edition.

  8. Alison Bonaguro is the queen of non-stories!


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