Mailbag: What Did Brad Paisley Have for a Baby?
Why isn’t John Rich singing with Big Kenny anymore?
Big & Rich is all about loving everybody. Rich stepped away for a while so that he could hate some people (liberals, Germans, Japanese, former Nashville Star contestants). – CM
What are country music fans like?
They’re a lot like normal people, just with better taste. – CM
How do record stores get CDs?
You mean how did record stores USED to get CDs….. – Ben
At this point, the more pressing question is how record stores can get rid of CDs. – CM
How do you dance to “Buy Myself a Chance” by Randy Rogers Band?
- Well, you can start by taking the song title’s advice. – Pierce
What did Brad Paisley have for a baby?
Little Jimmy Dickens. – Juli
I’m going to go way out on a limb here….a small, young person. right? – Ben
A cute, lovable subject for a future song. – Karlie
Tell me about songwriter Hank Cochran.
The legendary songwriter (and one half of the Cochran Brothers, who weren’t actually related) had a cancer scare last year, but is expected to fully recover. At 73 years old, he’s still cranking out material. – Juli
Tell Carrie Underwood to stop doing other peoples songs.
Absolutely not. This is a trend that we should be encouraging at all costs. – Ben
How many albums did Chuck Wicks sell?
Wicks sold a remarkable 593 albums during his stint as a cashier at Walmart.
Addendum: Wicks was not actually a cashier at Walmart. The correct answer is “too many.” – CM
Singing with the beat is country music?
Begs to differ is Willie Nelson? – CM
Don’t tell this to Willie Nelson. – Karlie
What does Nashville think of Texas music?
Nashville thinks Texas is soooo underneath it–geographically and commercially speaking. – Karlie
Nashville is unaware of the existence of Texas, or at least pretends to be in order to avoid a massive inferiority complex. – CM
What does country music sound like?
There are a lot of answers to this question, but make sure not to ask Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, or Zac Brown. They don’t know any of them. – Ben
Home. – CM
Is Trent Tomlinson still doing music?
Don’t you worry, I’m sure his bandanna and stick of eyeliner are on a hotel nightstand somewhere, ready and waiting for showtime! – Ben
Why are there two different versions of “Picture to Burn?”
Because parroting homophobia limits mass appeal. – Ben
Who is the mad blonde guy in “Shuttin’ Detroit Down?”
Wait, John Rich is blond? – Juli
How to build a retirement community?
I guess you’d want to start by finding a building and filling it with lots of old people. – CM
What kind of injury does Big Kenny have?
A bruise to the ego, after he saw John Rich is actually on the country charts without his help. – Karlie
He had an injury??? that explains so much, I just thought he was a tool (actually he gave away a bunch of money, so good for him there). – Ben
Who has a bigger fan base: Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift?
If we answer this question, The 9513 will implode. – CM
I don’t know… I guess we’ll find out based on next year’s ACM EOY winner. Sigh… – Pierce
How many Willie Nelson albums are there?
Eleventy. – Juli
Why did Alan Jackson write “Country Boy?”
Money. – Ben
Why do fans like listening to Garth Brooks’ music?
We unfortunately know very little about this disease, if you find out any information please tell us so we can better pursue a way to stop it. – Ben
Because it sounds like Jimmie Rodgers compared to the stuff country radio is playing now. – CM
What does “He Thinks His Name Was John” mean?
You’re listening to a drag queen version of Reba McEntire. – Karlie
Is Heartland a one hit wonder band?
Um, no… “Built to Last” hit #58 in 2007. – Pierce
What current country singer has the first name Caroline?
Perhaps you mean Jason Michael Carroll, who has long hair sort of like a girl. – Karlie
Why wasn’t Bucky Covington in the Hannah Montana movie?
If you notice, they usually don’t cast people who look alike in the same movie. It’s a subtle way of making it easier for audiences to keep track of what’s happening with different characters. Focus groups were concerned that Covington might be too easily mistaken for Hannah Montana. – CM
Does Tim McGraw write any of his own songs?
He prefers to follow in the footsteps of George Jones with a career full of poignant, heartbreaking songs he didn’t necessarily write but sells simply with the emotion in his voice. You know, like “Indian Outlaw.” – Karlie
Why is it called lovesick?
Because I left her 17 voicemails tonight and she hasn’t called back and now her phone is turned off and I know that she was out drinking earlier and I bet she was with that freaking guy that I hate and she knows I can’t stand it when she does this to me and so I’m only gonna call one more time and then……I’ve said too much. – Ben
Why did Alan Jackson write “Country Boy?”
Since his legendary status is already pretty well-secured, Jackson is now free to experiment. In recent years, he has dabbled in gospel (Precious Memories), moody adult contemporary (Like Red on a Rose), and astonishingly poor taste (“Country Boy” and “Good Time”). – CM
What does Dierks Bentley mean by get a little bit sideways?
Not enough to give us a good reason to pay attention to the song. – Ben
He’s actually encouraging you to lay down horizontal on the dance floor… try it the next time you go out! – Pierce
Who did John Conlee invite to join the Grand Ole Opry at an army base?
That was Craig Morgan, whose military history made the venue a fitting choice. – CM
What did Billy Ray say?
“Let me get this straight, my family gets at least two generations of huge stardom while possessing virtually no talent, and all I need to give up is my soul? Heck I wasn’t doing much with it anyhow! Long as I get to keep my mullet I’m fine!” – Ben
How to get Taylor Swift’s “White Horse” look?
Mane ‘n’ Tail Shampoo does wonders for a shiny, sleek coat, and braided ribbons in the tail are always a nice touch. – Karlie
Is Tim McGraw an alcoholic?
Not yet, but Curb’s doing their best to make one of him. – CM
When did Hee Haw come out?
In a magical time before Chet Flippo was spending his waking hours convincing us that there was never a magical time in Country Music. – Ben
Five Nashville artists who don’t suck?
… – Juli
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