Since Quotable Country traditionally goes on hiatus for the final week of the year, this will be the last edition of 2011. The feature will be back, snarky as ever, in 2012.
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If that ain’t country music then Waylon Jennings was a pop star! With so many people thinking that AC is the new country, when you hear real country, and that’s the music you love, you just go crazy as a listener, and that’s exactly what our audience at Y108 did. ●
– – WDSY (Y108) Pittsburgh’s Stoney Richards on Brantley Gilbert’s “Country Must Be Country Wide.” Glad our country airwaves are in such great hands.
Q: So we should talk about holiday music, which is almost as polarizing as say the collected works of Garth Brooks.
A: Nothing is that polarizing! ●
– – Raul Malo, cheekily, to the Riverfront Times.
Do you think that anyone in this town would ever write a disparaging review on Taylor Swift or another of their big acts? No. Everything in Nashville is all buddy buddy, friend friend, love you love you. Save the shit for behind closed doors. And that is great, but it doesn’t help everybody. There is nothing provocative in Nashville. No one has an opinion. And nobody picks a wall. Everyone plays it right down the middle. Because if you do step outside that zone, who’s going to buy the ads? ●
– – Jaron Lowenstein (of “and the Long Road to Love” infamy) has gone from pop singer to ‘country’ singer to Americana outsider critical of the Nashville system in the space of about two years. Um, okay.
Country music has changed. I came to Nashville in ’72 and people like Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn cut the songs. They would hear a song, go in, cut it and it would be out the next week. Now it’s what I call “slow business” – they think about something for so long, they cut it, and then think about it again. ●
– – Singer/songwriter/guitarist and International Rockabilly Hall of Famer Billy Burnette.
In Nashville in the spring, you go out and your car windshield is covered in this yellow pollen. That is Lady Antebellum: They are everywhere. Their music is on every station. ●
– – Brad Paisley. Also like pollen, lots of people have an allergic reaction to their music.
If I had a twitter page, this afternoon I would tweet: “The Bees,” recorded by LeeAnn Womack and written by Natalie Hemby, stuns the spinal column and excites grief, awe, and collegial admiration. Thanks for the good work! ●
– – Come on, Robbie Fulks. Roundabout tweeting (“if I were one to tweet, I would tweet this”) isn’t playing fair. Just join the self-involved masses and tweet directly. Miley Cyrus does it!
“Boobs Grow,” Miley Cyrus Tweets ●
– – Crack reporting by Alison Bonaguro at CMT.com…
Jake Owen Tweets Video of Itchy Dog ●
– – … to be rivaled only by the crack reporting of Amy Sciarretto at Taste of Country.
2. ‘Old Alabama,’ Brad Paisley & Alabama
1. ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It,’ Martina McBride ●
– – Oh, and AOL’s The Boot, here concluding their list of 2011’s best country songs. Really? Of all the songs to commend, these are the ones you’re going with? Well, there’s no accounting for taste.
Maybe you just sell [a Christmas album] for a month [each year], but you sell it for a month forever. You know how many copies of the Nat King Cole Christmas album I’ve bought over the years? I’ll bet 50. ●
– – Someone really needs to tell Phil Vassar that CDs aren’t single-use.
I could not make boys. After the last one, I said, ‘OK, God, I get it. I quit!’ ●
– – Trace Adkins on fathering five daughters.
In my writing process, in a tongue and cheek manner, I did use a lot of the clichéd phrases and stuff. But here is the difference: I wrote the f*cking song. It is 100 percent completely accurate to my life. Some f*cking guy with a creative mind didn’t come up with this song for a guy who could sing well, but who couldn’t write a song to save his life. The song is completely about my life in every way, shape and form. All of those clichés actually apply to me. ●
– – Aaron Lewis stages an unconvincing defense of his own clichéd songwriting.
What’s happened, and this is more [of] an observation than a criticism, is that country music has become 16-to-25 year-old people. They complained about me when I had my success that I was taking away from country music and doing pop but now there’s no one doing it anymore and it’s more of a rock and roll country. I love it and it’s very exciting. It’s good for the art form. The goal is to overcome my past because that’s not what country music is anymore. I have to find a way to be different enough. ●
– – Kenny Rogers isn’t one to judge.
I’ve had a lot of musical goals in my life, but getting Keith Urban to do one of my songs is one of my last ones. His talent amazes me. If he did just even one of my songs, I can die a happy man. ●
– – REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin has a thing for Keith Urban.
I have felt for the longest time that a lot of our female artists right now in country music are not necessarily — I’m trying to think of the best way to put it — it’s almost like they’re afraid to be the age they are right now. ●
– – Sherrie Austin gives a good interview. I hope Reba’s ears are ringing.
I’m still getting used to not being the biggest guy in the room. I’m still getting used to not being the funny fat guy. I’m still funny, I’m just not funny because I’m fat. I’m funny because I’m funny. ●
– – “… also, I’m not all that funny.” Big Vinny of Trailer Choir is down 184 pounds, though, which is awesome.
Video of the Week: Joey + Rory sing a Christmas favorite on Music City Roots.