We dig up the most interesting and/or objectionable quotes of the week.

Quotable Country – 08/23/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I’m never going to be one of those guys that gives you politically correct answers. I can’t do it. It’s not in me. ● --- Kip Moore to Taste of Country. This is one subject I do have to hold my tongue on. ● --- Kip Moore to the Washington Post's Emily Yahr, in what I like to imagine was his very next interview. What'd he have to hold his tongue about? Changes in the music business, of course. Well, I mean, obviously we’ll have … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 08/16/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. It begins with a Doobie Brothers-like funky rhythm guitar, slams into a Maroon 5 “Sugar”-style chorus and pushes toward a scratchy Bee Gees “Jive Talkin’ ” guitar fade. ● --- Description of a country single in a country radio trade publication. We were eating pizza and listening to Rihanna — not even country — now we're here. ● --- Co-writer Josh Kerr, at the song's Number One party, on the birth of "Love Me Like You Mean … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 08/09/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I was just about ready to tell him to go get f--d, but we got it. ● --- Merle Haggard on studio time with perfectionist Don Henley. It's still a thrill, still exciting, and still scary. It's physically demanding. And at my age, 78, I don't know if I can stand up there 90 minutes or not. I asked my manager, "When's the last time you tried to sing for an hour?" And he said, "Hell, I can't even watch an hour!" ● --- Merle Haggard (to … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 08/02/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. There's really good pop music. I love Shania Twain. I love Come on Over. I listened to that a million times. It's not even that I mind pop. I'm just not sure what some of the stuff that's being played now, what category that fits in, except bad. So I hope it doesn't stay that way. [...] Radio is an interesting game and I know a lot about it. Maybe one of these days I'll speak more and tell a few secrets about how that works because the … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/26/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. We used to be the genre that didn't place enough emphasis on star power, and that bothered me. In the last decade, we've swung too far in the other direction and now expect every artist to be perfect-looking and ready to play the big stage right out of the box. ● --- Universal Music Group Nashville CEO Mike Dungan. At some point, me singing about frat party themes is just not going to be realistic. But if I look like a weird old dude … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/20/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Some people who take life too seriously may not enjoy it as much as they should, but whatever happened to a song that feels good? ● --- Jerrod Niemann on Jake Owen's "Real Life." It’s funny, because music is constantly evolving, so whatever someone calls country now, that wasn’t what country was even 20 or 30 years ago. For example, we look to George Strait as pretty traditional country, but I guarantee you that if Hank Williams had … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/12/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. But Reba is also a realist. It was her choice to say, three years ago, “You know what? I don’t think I should make another record. They’re not going to play me.” That is what crushed me. We’re such a blockbuster world, we’re such an 18-44-female world. Well, I call bullshit on that. There’s a helluva lot more life and a helluva lot more fun than just that demographic. ● --- Scott Borchetta to Holly Gleason. When I began writing songs … [Read more...]