Quotable Country – 08/23/09 Edition

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And you say that real brick-and-mortar stores care more about music than any big box ever will… I think what you’re really mad at is progress and growth, both on the retail and music level. Small-town record shops had their heyday, but sometimes bands outgrow their local music scene and that’s OK. You say your customers want to buy local. Well, guess what. Lucky for them, there’s a Wal-Mart right in Decatur, Ga., at 3580 Memorial Drive.
- – I’m not a violent man, but I think I could headbutt Alison Bonaguro right now.

I ran over and I pulled him aside. I said, ‘Darius, you know you shouldn’t be spending your own money. We have a tab.’ He was like, ‘You don’t understand. I’m not like the other artists you work with. … I’m already rich!’
- – Mike Dungan on seeing Darius Rucker buy drinks for people at Country Radio Seminar.

[Country radio programmers] have obviously played my records entirely too much.
- – Brad Paisley is being modest, but I think he might be right.

The kids there probably wanted to get arrested. They realized it would be better to spend the night in the county jail than listening to awful music.
- – Amusing comment on a CMT article about arrests at a Kenny Chesney concert.

You look at like Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney. It took them 10 years before they got to the headlining status and they got to be the big names that they are today. So if that’s the case, Eddie and I, next year hopefully we’ll be there.
- – Troy Gentry thinks that superstardom works like an egg timer.

If someone asks if they can give me a cup of coffee, I tell them that I can get it myself and walk over there to the coffee pot. Somebody asked me the other day how do I do that — stay true to myself. I’m still scared of my mom and dad, you know. If I changed, they’d whoop my behind!
- – Justin Moore isn’t a diva… but then, he doesn’t have much reason to be one yet. I still get my own coffee too.

You have to go with the times. Country music today is what pop was back in the ’70s. You listen to ’70s pop and by gosh, that’s country music today.
- – Reba is staying on top of the latest trends in country, which are the decades-old trends in pop.

Anyone’s who’s worried that Barack Obama is a socialist- don’t worry. I’m a socialist. Trust me- he’s not.
- – Steve Earle in concert.

John and I thought we were just going to pitch songs, so we played a few things for Paul. He stopped us and said, ‘OK, I want this.’ He signed us on the spot as a duet act, and that’s what got Big & Rich started.
- – Big Kenny on the accidental beginning of Big & Rich. Blame Paul Worley.

Some of the record is progressive, and there’s more of a rock energy to the live show, but at the heart of it all is a love of traditional country music. To me being aware of that tradition is the cornerstone of a good country songwriter… I try to take the real life connectedness of the stories and songs of Hank Williams and Buck Owens, and then try to put a modern sound to it.
- – If I’m reading Dierks Bentley right, he wants us to know that he’s still very respectful of the traditional country influences now only sporadically evident in his music.

“This is the fist [sic] big country act we’ve done here probably in 25 years,” said Ken Grzeslo, assistant manager on-site marketing. The last country show featured Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, among others, for the zoo’s 50th anniversary celebration.
- – Pretty sure Josh Gracin doesn’t qualify as a big country act, especially considering the prior benchmark. Nevertheless, I’m amused that he’s performing at a zoo. Also booked? Monkeys!

I like country music. The lyrics are so original.
- – Richard Nixon on country music circa 1971.

You’re not going to do any better than this song here. If I were the people running country music, I would shut it down now.
- – David Letterman goes a little overboard in his praise of Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy.”

It sure does feel strange
I’m not crying over you
Because you’re a dick
- – The country haiku just keep on coming.

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  1. Leeann says:

    On the Allison Bonoguro article…

    Oh, I’ve already said enough about that. As my dad’d say, I was so angry I could’ve “spit tacks.” Blood pressure. Rising. Rising…

    Yeah, Letterman gets a bit excessive in his intros, I’ve noticed. I think Carson may have been known as a harder sell.

    Lol at the Justin Moore snark.

  2. Leeann says:

    You’re probably right about Brad Paisley, but I don’t know, since I’m not the one who liveblogs country radio.:)

  3. J.R. Journey says:

    I was a little surprised by Letterman’s comment too. I was watching that show. He just kept on talking about how great that song is, and I knew Billy Currington was his guest that night and I kept thinking ‘he can’t be talking about ‘People Are Crazy’, is he?’, but sure enough, he was. I lost a little respect for Letterman that night.

    Love those country haikus too.

  4. Country music today is what pop was back in the ’70s.
    So I guess she’s saying this is a good thing. Sounds like more BS rationalization to me. It’s worth asking how many people that mentality has driven away from country music in recent years.
    I’m gonna have some serious fun with this one when I get more time….

  5. Leeann says:

    This quote from the Big Kenny interview is pretty telling:

    “He’s out there doing crazy stuff, but I still love him,” Alphin said. “We are like night and day. He’s political, and I just like to get things done. Right now, we meet onstage, that’s it. Once he gets his other stuff straight, we will sit down and write some songs.”

    Sounds like Big Kenny is saying that John Rich is a lot of talk.:)

  6. Rick says:

    Wow, Steve Earle’s comments about Obama just make me feel so much better! Well except for the fact the entire response should have gone “Trust me, Obama’s not a socialist because he’s really an extreme commie marxist bastard trying to pass himself off as a moderate populist. P.T. Barnum was right and those folks eat up the propaganda we dish out through NPR and the mainstream media as if it was factual! If only Joseph Goebbels were still alive to witness our triumph!”. Besides, do you really expect a dedicated “fellow traveler” to rat out his comrade and spoil the successful mass deception of the “useful idiots”? Let’s be realistic here…

    Good thing David Letterman isn’t running Nashville these days! On the other hand considering the current state of mainstream country music maybe he has a valid point! (lol)

    Hey Darius, how about a loan?

  7. David Jones says:

    About the Big Kenny comment … Being forced together like an arranged marriage seems to yield success. It happened with Brooks & Dunn and they stayed together for nineteen years. All it takes is a A&R man to take these facts a bit further by strolling round Nashville for a couple of buskers and ordering them to sing together! (Come to think of it, maybe that’s how Big and Rich REALLY got together!) For now, I’m just waiting for John Rich to go back to Lonestar(!).

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