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We usually shout out, ‘If we look like goobers, don’t put us on your MySpace.’ ●
– – Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild on bad fan pictures.
But I’ll tell you what, I am pretty optimistic — given all the doomsday scenarios we’re barraged with every day about everything — that country music is going to be around for a long time. Like the cockroach, country may be impervious to even a nuclear attack. ●
– – Chet Flippo likens country music to a cockroach less than a month after he encouraged it to be more like Spam. I’m not liking the direction this is heading…
It’s more of a self-indulgent art project or something. ●
– – Brad Paisley on his instrumental(ish) album, Play.
I chew too much of it, that Eclipse [gum]. I usually mix two of them together: one spearmint, the other winterfrost. The last two years, I just went nuts with it. I don’t know why it is. Maybe it’s a replacement vice. ●
– – George Jones was recently spotted driving a tractor down the interstate, chewing furiously and swerving erratically on his way to the gum section of a nearby gas station.
“Jesus Was a Country Boy,” “Jesus and Mama Always Loved Me,” “Jesus Take the Wheel,” “Jesus and Gravity,” “She Left Me For Jesus,” “800 Pound Jesus”—these aren’t church signs announcing this week’s sermon, they are just a few Christ-based songs that have blessed the country charts in the last couple of years. ●
– – As long as your concept of “the last couple of years” stretches all the way back to 1992, when Confederate Railroad’s “Jesus and Mama” actually charted.
Maybe these guys aren’t the darlings of music critics, but that’s certainly no reason to leave them off year-end lists. And the fact that I liked the albums from Chesney, Rucker, Swift and Lady A–and you didn’t–just shows how vast our tastes are. I like what country fans are buying, and you like, um, Coal? ●
– – Alison Bonaguro gets snippy.
I’ve heard a lot of people say different things, nice things, about me, and of course it’s an honor. But I’ve tried to analyze it in my mind, and I can’t quite grab ahold of what they really mean. People will ask me how I sing like that. But you know, I never was worth a darn talking. Well, I can talk, but don’t make a hell of a lot of sense. ●
– – George Jones again.
“Fearless” is an amazing album that will make fans want to listen to it straight through. Not one song on “Fearless” is disappointing. With her pure and soulful voice, Swift’s songs range from topics such as fairy tale romances and crushes to bad breakups. ●
– – My suspicions about this review were confirmed in the byline at the end: “Jenna Cusumano is a junior at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.”
Even in this age of political correctness, we still feel our fans want us to sing about what we feel is the true meaning of Christmas — the birth of Jesus.
It’s weird that we can be singing “Silent Night,” and someone will yell out ‘Do Elvira.’ ●
– – The Oak Ridge Boys seem to be getting mixed signals from the fans.
That part of my life [expecting a second child] is insane. That is the elephant in the corner of the room. I shouldn’t say that with my pregnant wife. Wow, did that come out wrong? It’s a great expression, but wow it does not work. ●
– – Brad Paisley again.
In a silk shirt and cowboy boots, [Glen] Campbell still has the bearing of the mainstream country singer who found solo fame in the late Sixties. ●
– – He still has the bearing and the shirt.