March ’09 Mailbag: Where is Big Kenny?

Staff | March 31st, 2009

Where is Big Kenny?
With the recent release of John Rich’s sophomore solo album Son of a Preacher Man, Big Kenny graciously decided to lay low for once and allow his partner Rich to share some of the spotlight. – Jim

What does George Strait sing?
Cash money, set to music. — Karlie

How to make the climb by Miley?
You can’t without a one-hit-wonder dad who wants to live vicariously through you. – Pierce

I don’t think my girlfriend would approve. — Jim

Why did Alan Jackson name it “Sissy’s Song?”
Being the son of a small-town Southern man, Alan Jackson feels less masculine when sharing his feelings. That, or Sissy was the nickname of the woman he wrote the song about. – CMW

What song is the one with the video of the girl losing her boyfriend?
This could be a ton of different songs, but I’ll bet you mean Rascal Flatts’ video for “What Hurts the Most,” which is way over the top, but totally great at the same time. “I saw you. ‘Weep weep.’ I saw you.” Good stuff. – Ben

What is the ring of fire and what happens there and what is meat?
It’s June Carter and Merle Kilgore’s metaphor for falling in love, and for a brief moment it was also a proposed ad campaign for hemorrhoid cream. — Juli

I have no idea what meat is. – Jim

What are the best songs to listen to in war?
Try these: The 9513’s Playlist–Top 20 War & Soldier Songs. – Jim

What kind of impact have The Lost Trailers had on the music world?
They’ve made critics occasionally regret our choice of profession. – Jim

Did something happen to Randy Travis’ voice?
I hadn’t thought of this, but you’re probably right. There’s no way a voice can sound that rad naturally. I’m thinking that first he went down to the crossroads… – Ben

What does country music say about a person?
To quote Keith Urban “What kind of country music?” (By the way, if you answer, “The kind Keith Urban plays,” you probably don’t want to hear my opinion of what it says about you.) – Ben

Why isn’t there any new music from Jo Dee Messina?

There is, but Curb is holding it hostage until someone agrees to care about Bomshel. – CMW

I think you mean BOMSHEL. – Jim

How many fans did Rodney Atkins have in 1990?
Not many. He was only 22. He probably spent his time playin’ baseball on a dusty ole field out by the farm, chasin’ girls, ridin’ tractors, shootin’ BBs at ole beer cans and buyin’ lemonade on a hot summer day. You know, just doin’ what Americans do. – Pierce

What does it mean to call a woman a firecracker?
Women love it when dudes conflate them with explosives dating back to dynastic China, you silver-tongued devil. – Juli

It means that you picked her up at a shed on the side of the road and will blow her off soon. – CMW

Is George Jones good in concert?
When he shows up. – Karlie

What ever happened to Ty Herndon?
Did someone call? I happened to be in the area. Anyone want to hear a song or anything? I’m not busy. – Ty Herndon

What do the lyrics to Rascal Flatts’ “Bob Your Head” mean?
That’s just an innocent little song about having good time while driving through the Sonic line. Wait. Oh. Actually… – Jim

What makes Miley Cyrus’ voice raspy?
Hannah Montana money buys lots of whiskey and cigarettes. – CMW

Is there an online radio station that plays Dwight Yoakam often?
The Dwight Yoakam channel on Pandora Radio is probably a good bet. – Karlie

Who sings backup on “High Cost of Living” by Jamey Johnson?
All of Jamey’s past demons.– Karlie

Demons have surprisingly good harmony voices.– Jim

Elvis was blond!
Damn. I hope they’ll let me return all these collectible plates. — CMW

How to sound good as a duo?
Only let one member sing. Jennifer Nettles has my back on this one. – CMW

How to contact Taylor Swift?
MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, her Web site or her blog. Fan mail is sooo 2007. – Karlie

Has Taylor Swift even read “Romeo and Juliet?”
Listen, I’m tired of people making fun of Taylor Swift. And no, no she has not. – CMW

What are Miranda Lambert’s favorite things?
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Also beer, kerosene, and shotguns. — CMW

I’m pretty sure I’m not included in the list. – Jim

  1. Leeann Ward
    March 31, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    “What does it mean to call a woman a firecracker?
    Women love it when dudes conflate them with explosives dating back to dynastic China, you silver-tongued devil. – Juli”


  2. Steve
    March 31, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Dwight Yoakam. Go to EVERYTHING he’s recorded.

  3. Nicolas
    March 31, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Love the Lost Trailers one lol

  4. Steve Harvey
    March 31, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I laughed for many minutes without pause at that Miranda Lambert one. And I could hear the tune in my head too…

  5. andrew
    April 1, 2009 at 7:17 am

    big kenny also just had some crazy bionic neck surgery to help with his back injury. I don’t think he is necessarily laying low, just laying in wait.

  6. Ryan
    April 1, 2009 at 8:47 am

    @steve Grooveshark FTW

    We just got one yesterday that was brilliant. here is an excerpt:

    i was wondering how to i would get started in the music industry .Do i find a talent show to sing in or sing in or what? I sang for Mike Bivens of Bell Biv Devoe and he was impressed enough to let me backstage and gave me tickets to their concert…… he took my e-mail,phone# and address.Sadly enough i didnt hear from him because i soon lost my job and had to move and my cell service was disconnected.

    Yeah… I’m sure that’s why you never heard from him….

  7. J.R. Journey
    April 1, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Ronnie Dunn has your back too, CMW.

    Another excellent edition too, you guys.

  8. Chris N.
    April 1, 2009 at 9:57 am

    “What does it mean to call a woman a firecracker?”

    It means he wants to set her tail on fire.

  9. SW
    April 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “You know, just doin’ what Americans do.” HAHAHA classic!

  10. Stormy
    April 1, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Dude, they didn’t tell you that Randy Travis got bitten by a radio active spider?

    Also, you don’t want to know what country music says about you. Country music is surprisingly bitter and petty when it is talking about people behind their backs.

  11. Rand
    April 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    No dice – its very well known in Nashville that John Rich and Big Kenny had a rather unpleasant fight and any future reunion is only motivated by money.

  12. Stormy
    April 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Isn’t that what everything they have done has been motivated by? Well, money and groupies.

  13. Rand
    April 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Agreed Stormy – however I would like to think that their original endeavors (their first and only good album, the MusikMafia, assemblage of other artists) had at least some basis in artistry.

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