Quotable Country will go on hiatus next week, but will be back and snarky as ever in the new year. Enjoy this final installment of 2008 and stay tuned for a few reflective wrap-up type things in the next week or so. As always, thanks for reading.
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Mindy’s doing great. She’s fine. She was hospitalized, but she’s fine. She’s good now. ●
– – Mindy McCready’s brother. Ever notice how saying the same thing four times in a row somehow makes it less convincing?
Johnson pointed to one of the dancers and allowed, “Her hiney looks like she’s got a 21-inch TV set in her britches.” At that point, Houser added, “It’s a honky-tonk badonkadonk.” So there was the title. Drunk but still awake, they knew they had a winning idea. So they wrote it. ●
– – The real story behind the Trace Adkins hit. Who’d have figured alcohol was involved?
Also, I think that the word “fearless” doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have any fears. I think that sometimes being fearless is having fears but jumping anyway. ●
– – I see what you’re trying to do there, Taylor, but “fearless” sort of does mean you don’t have any fears. I’d even go so far as to call that the definition of the word.
Bonaguro, a self-identified “God Fearin’ Woman”, thinks this guy is bashing country because it “leans a little Jesus”, but that’s not really the case because country music isn’t really leaning more Jesus nowadays. […] No, nowadays the problem is that country music leans a little stupid, and that religion (being the most important of topics) looks especially ugly when it’s stupid, overblown, and insincere. ●
– – Hollerin’ Ben Cisneros is the man.
If we need to save the planet, let’s save it. ●
– – Toby Keith’s nuanced take on conservation. And yes, that’s the entire quote.
Country Weekly: One of the things I found most touching in the book you co-wrote [My Little Girl] was when [the father in the book had asked his daughter], “What was your favorite part of the day?” and she said, “Being with you.” Is that as good as it gets as a dad?
Jo Dee Messina: And hopefully the next single [“Always the Love Songs”] will be a mega-hit. ●
– – The Country Weekly site has gone haywire, with Jo Dee Messina answering a Tim McGraw question on behalf of the Eli Young Band. Pretty entertaining.
Q: Is there an age limit on being a country star? If so, what is it?
(Emily, Austin, TX) ●
– – Cute question submitted to GAC.com. Well, it’s cute if you imagine that Emily is a starry-eyed seven-year-old girl. But what if she’s a desperate, burnt-out fortysomething never-was who’s stubbornly refusing to let go of the Nashville dream even as her children starve and her friends abandon her, finally driven to the last resort of submitting a naïve question to the first country site she finds on the internet in hopes of receiving an answer that will buoy her up for another week of unrealistic dreaming and keep her from returning to her job at the local Walmart where she works for little pay and gets no respect from her managers or coworkers who all cruelly refer to her as Shania Twit? Wouldn’t be so cute then, would it? (Oops, got a little carried away.)
They changed that lyric. It was supposed to be, ‘Dude named King Kong, eating on a Ding Dong.’ I wrote that with Tony Mullins and Jon Stone. (Flatts singer) Gary LeVox called Tony from the vocal booth, going, ‘Man, I don’t feel good saying ‘Dude named King Kong, eating on a Ding Dong.’ You need to come up with something else.’ ●
– – Jeffrey Steele on “Bob That Head.” If there’s a practice tape out there with LeVox singing “Dude named King Kong, eating on a Ding Dong,” I think the world deserves to hear it. [The line was changed to “Dude named Elrod, jammin’ on an iPod.”]
When I left the scene, it was all Johnny Cash and George Jones and Waylon Jennings and a bunch of other guys who have since moved off the Top 50 list onto the waiting list for new livers. ●
– – I’m pretty sure that Johnny and Waylon aren’t in the market for new livers anymore. Who’s going to break the news to this recent country returnee? Bonus points for the creepy author headshot with PURCHASE THIS PHOTO right underneath it. Yes, I’d like that picture framed and hung in my dining room, please.
I’m in good health, so if I didn’t do this, it would strictly mean I was lazy. ●
– – Charlie Louvin on releasing a new album three months after his last. There are apparently a lot of lazy singers in Nashville.