Quotable Country – 12/12/10 Edition

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We’re running over, shut up!
- – Trace Adkins shows off his time management skills as host of the American Country Awards.

I kinda pushed for that to be the first single. I said, ‘Let’s just throw a hand grenade in the room right off the get-go.’ I said, ‘It’s a dangerous record. I know that, but I’m not afraid of it.’ Everybody else by committee was kinda like ‘Oh, I don’t know about that.’
- – Adkins on his new single, “Brown Chicken Brown Cow.” You know, sometimes committees are right…

Everybody just plays it so terribly safe that the bar just gets lower every day and it just makes me crazy. We knew it was going to be a struggle at radio, anytime you attach the word ‘bluegrass,’ as you well know. I made country records, but just having bluegrass in my world was a battle out there for me for years as an artist. But the fact that we got into the top twenty with a song (‘Up On the Ridge’) that Sam Bush was playing slide mandolin on is something to be proud of.
- – Jon Randall Stewart on Dierks Bentley’s Up on the Ridge album, which he produced.

I exercise some and have a lot of sex.
- – Clay Walker on how he keeps his multiple sclerosis in check. Hmm.

One thing I love about Ramblin’ Jack, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Jeff Walker is that those are not their real names. Any troubadour worth his salt invents himself out of nothing. It gave me the courage to just become the tipsy gypsy one day (high school varsity letters and republican parents be damned). We’re not who our parents say we are. We’re who we say we are. Right dad?
- – Todd Snider in an American Songwriter article on his five favorite troubadours.

When a very young woman (namely Taylor Swift) has kept this country music genre afloat for years with her phenomenal CD sales and tour figures, and when there are no more such saviors on the horizon to keep the bubble from bursting, there should be genuine concern in the industry. How long can Taylor’s frail shoulders support an entire industry?
- – Chet Flippo.

I’m all for the country episode. We’ve touched on the genre a bit (pre-Chord, unfortunately), but I bet we’ll go there for real at some point and dedicate an entire episode. Believe me, my boys and girls down in Nashville hammer on me all the time about it. I wanna do them right.
- – Glee music supervisor PJ Bloom.

Q: I have a theory that country stars–folks like Tim McGraw, Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton–make better actors than other pop stars. Is that a good theory or a bad one?
A: I’d say that’s a good theory. Faith Hill has done some acting, Reba [McEntire]’s done some acting of course. I can’t really think of any country music person who has been in movie that I thought—man, they need to stick to country music! So I hope I don’t burst that bubble right there. No pressure.
- – I’ve a sneaking suspicion neither Underwood nor her interviewer saw “Broken Bridges.”

I was playing writer’s nights all over town and finally got an interest from someone who had an office at the United Artists Tower. I was lost and didn’t know which way I was going. I found the tower in the middle of Music Row, between 16th and 17th, by Curb Records. It’s round, you can’t miss it. I went up and I’m trying to get in the door, but I’ve got a guitar and a backpack. I’m stumbling, nervous, everything else, and a hand reaches across me and says, “Let me get that door, son.” I said, “Thank you.” The door opened up, I turned around and it was Haggard. So the first door ever opened for me in Nashville was by Merle Haggard. It was one of those moments, like, “Is this for real? This is really Nashville!”
- – Years later, Rodney Atkins would repay the favor by making a hit of “Farmer’s Daughter.” Only instead of being the Haggard song, it’s just this insultingly obtuse other thing with the same title.

I really don’t know what I’m gonna do in the mornings. … It sort of forces me to talk to my kids now.
- – Tim McGraw on the end of Gerry House’s morning show on Nashville’s WSIX.

The whole doggone album is great. The only [one] I didn’t like was me on it. But, well, to get the album, you’ll have to take me, too, I guess.
- – Loretta Lynn on her tribute album.

[It] was my return to music, and when I came back, I told people that I had experience. I was Evan and Jaron, and I had a lot of friends who told me the truth. They said, ‘Listen dude, nobody cares anymore … You’re going to have to start over from square one.’
- – Jaron and the Long Road to Love gets some tough love from friends. Okay, but why didn’t any of those same friends caution him against choosing such an obnoxious stage name?

I make my wife cook me my favorite thing to eat, and I only get them at Christmas — sausage balls, which for some people may sound disgusting, but it’s sausage and cheese and they are insanely good!
- – Jason Aldean likes sausage balls. No joke needed.

I think a lot of music out there today is counterfeit. It is a real phony (version) of the original. Wynonna and I try to make this new sound [on 'I Will Stand by You"] what we would be doing today if we had never quit.
- – Sometimes criticisms of contemporary country come from odd sources, like Naomi Judd…

I foresee a lot of the lame music that’s come out of Nashville in recent years going away. In the past, it was always about someone discovering somebody, and now it’s about artistry coming back. Everybody is kind of sick of the bull and now it’s about real songs and not just crap. The industry is dictating that and that’s really, really good. You can’t spoon-feed the public bad stuff. People want the best. There will always be some good-looking guy or girl out there, but they better be able to sing and be talented, or everybody will figure it out right away.
- – … or Phil Vassar. Really? With “Bobbi With an I” still so fresh in mind?

I thought I knew everything there was to know about country music. I kind of wrote it off and filed it away. But doing that record with him, and that song in particular, ‘You and Tequila,’ really opened my mind to how amazing that whole world of songwriting is. I went down to Nashville and the process of songwriting in Nashville, I loved it. It’s really organic. I made a lifelong friend in Kenny. He was texting me all night in ‘VH1 Divas’ telling me how proud he was of me.
- – Grace Potter on collaborating with Kenny Chesney, who’s apparently taken to texting her obsessively.

Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band… began strong singing the United States’ national anthem at the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos game this past Sunday, but he seemed to forget the words following the intro, “at the twilight’s last gleaming.” Mike Eli then stumbled over the next line before starting over completely, which resulted in a uniform boo-ing from the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
- – How embarrassing. Everyone knows that after “at the twilight’s last gleaming” comes something about ramparts da da rockets da da da then BAM, land of the free and the home of the brave. Piece of cake.

The whole show stunk??? I watch the show to see the stars not a bunch of fans standing around trying to be seen by the camera. Then there was Chet Atkins trying to be macho, and I mean trying it didn,t work!!!! YUK!!!
- – Fan review of American Country Awards. Ugh, Chet Atkins is so overexposed these days.

If you got a problem with Willie Nelson, you got a problem with me.
- – Snoop Dogg lays it down.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Let’s be real: Billy Ray’s tweet was the best part of this week.

    Okay, Phil Vassar and Chet Flippo. Oooooooooooooookay.

  2. Ben says:

    Okay, so country music has a new savior, and this time it’s Taylor Swift. Didn’t see that coming.

    I was only halfway through the Phil Vassar quote and I was already thinking “… said the man responsible for ‘Bobbi With an I’.”

  3. Leeann Ward says:

    Great! I forgot all about Bobbi with an I.

    “- – Fan review of American Country Awards. Ugh, Chet Atkins is so overexposed these days.”

    Laughed out loud!

  4. Rick says:

    Trace Adkins (or is it Chet Atkins? I get so confused…) was wise to tell the songwriters to edit down his new single from the original version “Brown Chicken Brown Cow Brown Turd”. As for calling the song a “hand grenade”, I think its more like the musical equivalent of tear gas or a stink bomb.

    What I really want to know was why John Randall added his real last name Stewart to his professional name after he married Jessie Alexander? Maybe she was concerned she’d get asked why their kids had the last name Stewart when daddy’s last name (on his albums anyway) was Randall? Hmm…

    If the world of AirHead Country is currently resting on Taylor Swift’s shoulders, it deserves to fall and crumble like the walls of Jericho or the tower of Babel. I wouldn’t mourn the passing of AirHead Country at all…

    The only thing that surprises me about Jason Aldean’s sausage balls is that they aren’t battered and deep fried as well.

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