The Greatest Feuds in Country Music History
The last few weeks might go down in history as one of country music’s most feud-laden moments. From Gary Allan going off about country music and indirectly accusing Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood of not being country, to Zac Brown calling out Luke Bryan’s song “That’s My Kind of Night,” and Jason Aldean calling out Zac Brown in Luke’s defense.
Though country music feuding may be on a sharp rise here recently, it is not an uncommon or recent occurrence in country music by any stretch. Many artists have had a beef with the Grand Ole Opry over the years, including Johnny Cash and Stonewall Jackson. Curb Records has been in the middle of many feuds, most notably with Leann Rimes, Hank Williams III, and a big one with Tim McGraw that pitted cross-town heavyweights Mike Curb and Scott Borchetta against each other. But nothing gets folks talking like a good old artist on artist donnybrook. Here are some of the most infamous over the years.
Dolly Parton vs. Porter Wagoner
Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner were one of country music’s most legendary pairings, but when Dolly wanted to leave the Porter Wagoner camp in 1974, things turned heated. Parton did the best she could to leave Porter’s side in an amicable way, even penning and performing her legendary song “I Will Always Love You” for her long-time singing partner. But Porter turned around and sued her for $3 million in a breach of contract suit in 1979.
However, the two made up eventually, and Porter performed with Dolly on her TV variety show in 1988. Dolly Parton was also by Porter Wagoner’s side when he passed away in 2007.
Travis Tritt vs. Billy Ray Cyrus
In the midst of Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart” success, Travis Tritt was asked what he though about it, and always willing to be a lightning rod, Travis Tritt responded, “I haven’t seen his show so I can’t say anything about that. I haven’t seen the man personally, so I can’t say anything about him personally. I haven’t listened to his albums, so I can’t make a statement about that. But I have seen the video and I have heard “Achy Breaky Heart”, and I don’t care for either one of them. It just seems kind of frivolous. The video doesn’t appeal to me because it shows him stepping out of a limousine in front of thousands and thousands of fans, and nobody’s even heard of this guy.. Garth Brooks didn’t even do that. It doesn’t seem very realistic to me.”
Travis Tritt recalled in his autobiography Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof, “I apologized to Billy Ray, told him I hoped he sold ten million copies of the record. Went home. I sent Billy Ray a peace lily and a get well card because I heard he’d been feeling bad enough to cancel his Fan Fair appearance. Headline in the local paper the next day. ‘Travis Tritt Trashes Billy Ray Cyrus.’ The more I said about it, trying to rectify the situation, the worse it got.”
Waylon Jennings vs. Garth Brooks
Waylon Jennings really didn’t like Garth Brooks, and wasn’t very good at hiding it. Though in the portions about Garth in Waylon’s autobiography he was careful not to use Garth’s name, during interviews in the 90’s Waylon would regularly let his anti-Garth anger slip. For example in an interview with The Inquirer form September, 1994, Waylon said about Garth, “I think he’s the luckiest s.o.b in the world. He’s gotten more out of nothing than anybody I can think of. I’ve always accused him of sounding like Mr. Haney on Green Acres.”
There’s another Waylon quote about Garth that goes something along the lines of “Garth Brooks did for country music what panty hose did for finger fucking.” But there has yet to be a verifiable attribution of the quote.
Waylon Jennings vs. Tompall Glaser
Still to this day, not much is known about the exact details of the feud between these two men, but in the mid-70’s you couldn’t find two artists more tied to the hip than Waylon and Tompall. Tompall was the proprietor of Hillbilly Central in Nashville—a renegade studio where Waylon mixed and mastered his album Honky Tonk Heroes, and recorded his album This Time. Waylon and Tompall appear together on Wanted: The Outlaws—country music’s first million-selling album. The two became close friends and were kindred spirits from their hated of Music Row’s business practices. They would spin long hours battling each other on pinball machines or picking out tunes or playing pranks on each other. But when the friendship went south in the late 70’s, it went south hard, and the two men never resolved their differences before their respective deaths, despite both men still insisting on their deep love and appreciation for each other.
Hank Williams III vs. Shooter Jennings
The crux of the beef between two of country music’s most famous sons is that Hank3 felt Shooter Jennings stole his persona. Hank3 had a song called “Dick In Dixie” that included the line, “I’m here to put the Dick in Dixie, and the cunt back in country.” Shooter, who previously had been in a rock band called Stargunn, came out with his first country record entitled Put The ‘O’ Back In Country in 2005, and Hank3 perceived the title was a little too close for comfort.
If you wanna go down that road and rip us off, mutherfucker, I’ll see you in ten years and five thousand shows down the road.” Hank3 said. We’ll see where the fuck you’re at. You know, I called him out and just flat out said, “fuck you if you’re gonna rip us off like that on your first release.”
Shooter for his part seemed unwilling to reciprocate the feud, saying “You know what, I don’t even comment on these things, really. I don’t even know him. I met him once, I think, for a second. And somehow all this stuff started about how he hates me. I don’t know. It’s, like, stupid.”
In fairness to Shooter, Carlene Carter had used the line “If that doesn’t put the cunt back in country, I don’t know what will” at a show in New York in 1979 when her mother June Carter and father-in-law Johnny Cash were in attendance. Eventually Shooter and Hank3 reportedly buried the hatchet.
(Read more about Shooter vs. Shelton)
Hank Williams III vs. Kid Rock
Hank3 is the legitimate son of Hank Williams Jr., but Hank Jr. was not Hank3’s everyday father. Hank3 was raised by his mother, and usually only saw Hank Jr. once a year when growing up. In 2001, Hank Jr. began collaborating with Kid Rock in songs like “The ‘F’ Word” and others, and Hank Jr. often referred to Kid Rock as his “rebel son.” This stimulated a rumor that Kid Rock was in fact Hank Jr.’s biological offspring. Though both men denied it, the urban myth grew legs, and Hank Williams III began to be asked by people if Kid Rock was his brother, which didn’t sit too well.
Then the situation escalated when Kid Rock accosted Hank3 at a show in Detroit, trying to patch up the strained relationship between Hank3 and his father. “He kept trying to come on the bus, you know, him and Pam Anderson, and all that shit,” Hank3 recalls. “And I said, ‘Tell that motherfucker I got nothing to say to him,’ and then he finally get his way back in there and tells me how I need to be treating my father, and I’m like, ‘All right, you crossed the line motherfucker.’ And I don’t know how many times I have to say it: No, he’s not my fucking brother . . .”
The altercation eventually led to the line in Hank3’s song “Not Everybody Likes Us,” “Just so you know, so it’s set in stone, Kid Rock don’t come from where I come from. Yeah it’s true he’s a Yank, he ain’t no son of Hank, and if you though so god damn you’re fucking dumb.”
Charlie Rich vs. John Denver
It is considered one of country music’s most legendary moments—when Charlie Rich took out his lighter at the 1975 CMA Awards and burned the envelope announcing John Denver as Entertainer of the Year while Denver watched via satellite. Rich had clearly been drinking, and his antics were taken as an act of defiance against the intrusion of pop influences into country music, and have since become a rallying cry for country music purists.
Recently when video surfaced of the incident, people began to question what Charlie Rich’s true intentions were because Rich didn’t appear to look as malicious as the moment had been materialized in many people’s minds without the aid of the archived footage. Though historians and the Country Music Hall of Fame clearly spell it out as being considered a conflict at the time, Charlie’s son Charlie Rich Jr. says that his father was simply trying to be funny. So maybe there was a Charlie Rich vs. John Denver, or maybe there wasn’t, but the moment still makes for great country music lore.
Toby Keith vs. Natalie Maines
Probably not much more than the names of these two needs to be said to to infer that they wouldn’t get along. Maines started the scuffle in response to Toby Keith’s song “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue” saying, “I hate it. It’s ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant. It targets an entire culture and not just the bad people who did bad things. You’ve got to have some tact. Anybody can write, ‘We’ll put a boot in your ass’ … ”
Toby Keith’s response? “I’ll bury her. She has never written anything that has been a hit…” Maines kept up the heat, wearing a shirt with the letters F.U.T.K. on the 2003 ACM Awards. And of course, all of this was exacerbated when Maines criticized President George Bush at a concert in London a month before.
Keith was the one to publicly bury the hatchet, saying in August of 2003, “You know, a best friend of mine lost a two-year-old daughter to cancer. I saw a picture of me and Natalie and it said, ‘Fight to the Death’ or something. It seemed so insignificant. I said, ‘Enough is enough’ People try to make everything black and white. I didn’t start this battle. They started it with me; they came out and just tore me up. One thing I’ve never, ever done, out of jealousy or anything else, is to bash another artist and their artistic license.”
Toby Keith vs. Kris Kristofferson
It sure made for a juicy story at the time, but according to both of the named belligerents, it was a feud that never was. In April of 2009, actor Ethan Hawke published a story in Rolling Stone that without naming his name, accused Toby Keith of saying to Kris Kristofferson at Willie Nelson’s 70th birthday in 2003, ““None of that lefty shit out there tonight, Kris.” According to Hawke, a rolling argument ensued that ended with Kris Kristofferson saying, ““They’re doin’ to country music what pantyhose did to finger-fuckin’” (see Waylon Jennings vs. Garth Brooks above.)
However, according to both Toby Keith and Kris Kristofferson, the incident never happened. Even more damming to Ethan Hawke and Rolling Stone, though Toby Keith became famous from his flag-waving songs, he’s a registered Democrat, making the likelihood Kieth saying to Kristofferson “lefty shit” very unlikely. Ethan Hawke and Rolling Stone stood by their story, but the press who perpetuated it got an earful from Toby about it at the 2009 ACM Awards.
Jason Isbell vs. Dierks Bentley
Feuds that involve accusations of songs getting ripped off can get especially nasty, and this was the case when Jason Isbell took to Twitter to accuse Dierks Bentley of ripping off his song “In A Razor Town.” “‘Dierks’ has officially ripped off my song ‘In A Razor Town.’” Isbell fired off. “Dierks is a douchebag. The song of Dierks is called ‘Home.’” Isbell continued to pummel Dierks through Twitter, even getting political because of the flag waving nature of “Home.” Dierks in his defense referred to an interview one of the song’s co-writers Dan Wilson did with ASCAP that explained how the song came together.
The result? Though Isbell went silent after he said he was told to do so by his lawyer, if there was ever litigation over the song, the results were never made public. Isbell has since in interviews blamed his heavy drinking at the time for his Twitter tone. Though the two songs do sound similar, whether it was truly a ripoff or not seems to remain inconclusive.
Robert Earl Keen vs. Toby Keith
Robert Earl Keen put Toby Keith in his crosshairs when he believed Keith lifted the melody from his song “The Road Goes On Forever” for his 2010 song “Bullets In The Gun.” Keen recalls, “I got all these calls from my friends. They were saying, ‘This is ridiculous. What are you gonna do? I felt like this individual had been picking on me for a long time, and I was sick of it. So instead of getting really ugly about things I don’t really believe in lawsuits or threats I took the Alexander Pope road and answered this guy in song.”
Keen recorded “The Road Goes On And On” as a shot at Toby Keith (though he never mentions his name), with lines that included:
You’re a regular jack in the box
In your clown suit and your goldilocks
The original liar’s paradox
Your horse is drunk and your friends got tired
Your aim grew weak and uninspired . . .
Toby Keith has never formally responded to the accusations.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert vs. Eric Church
This battle of heavyweights ensued when Eric Church was quoted in Rolling Stone in late April of 2012 saying, “Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist. Once your career becomes about something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I starve.”
Miranda Lambert, who is married to Blake Shelton and also has a reality show past, came out swinging, saying through Twitter, “I wish I misunderstood this . . .Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. You’re welcome for the tour in 2010,” referencing Church’s opening spot on one of her tours.
Eventually Eric Church apologized, saying, “The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves. The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success… I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry…I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue.”
As some have pointed out since, Eric Church apologized to Miranda, but never apologized to Blake.
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Eric Church also created a firestorm with Rascal Flatts in 2006. While playing in an opening slot, he purposely played too loud and for too long after numerous requests to respect the tour’s wishes, resulting in him being kicked off the tour. It also resulted in a young starlet named Taylor Swift getting a chance to open on the big tour, which many experts give credit for helping Taylor’s meteoric rise.
Blake Shelton vs. Ray Price
When Blake Shelton’s comments about how he considered country music’s traditional fans “Old Farts and Jackasses” came out, Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price shot back, saying, “Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song , have a hit first time out with kids only. This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God’s answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF “OLD FART” & JACKASS”) ” P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.”
Blake Shelton later apologized, saying, “Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price by my statement “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpas music”..And probably some other things from that same interview on GAC Backstory.. I hate that I upset him.. The truth is my statement was and STILL Is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY”¦ The way Mr. Price did along hid journey as a main stream country artist.. Pushing the boundaries with his records. “For The Goodtimes” Perfect example with the introduction of a bigger orchestrated sound in country music.. It was new and awesome!!! I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better(as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended.”
Ray also later apologized to Blake Shelton for being so harsh, and along with wife Miranda Lambert, they attended a Ray Price show in Oklahoma to patch things up in person.
September 23, 2013 @ 9:56 am
Faron Young and George Jones seemed to have a pretty good disdain for one another from what I have gathered. I think I read George and Faron got in a backstage fight that ended with Faron slamming Georges head on the cement ground. Then in a rolling stones interview Merle Haggard mentioned their dislike for each other saying that they got in at least 4 different fights.
September 23, 2013 @ 12:22 pm
That kind if reads like Merle and George were the ones fighting. I was meaning to say Merle was discussing the feud between George and Faron.
September 23, 2013 @ 10:07 am
One of my favorites is Hank Jr., drunker than hell in Kansas City in the infamous, “17 minute concert” where he took on Garth by acting like he was Garth talking; “oh Hank, I’d like to suck your dick”, reply, “I bet you would asshole”. You can find it on youtube if you look hard enough. “Hank Jr. Drunk”.
September 23, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Here it is! Three minutes and 17 seconds in, but do yourself a favor and listen to the whole thing! For years I wanted to get a t-shirt made that said, “Sonny Boy Camble Eye”, apparently the new name for “Country Boy Can Survive” that night! Fucking classic, all the way through!
September 23, 2013 @ 11:09 am
Has Garth ever responded to Waylon’s comments?
September 23, 2013 @ 1:34 pm
If he ever did, I couldn’t find it.
September 23, 2013 @ 1:10 pm
Faron Young vs. Hank Williams Sr, over Billie Jean Jones… although not really a feud, more of a ‘hoes before bros’ transaction
September 23, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
Peter Cooper tells a different story about the Keith/Kristofferson feud.
Listen to Otis Gibbs talk to Peter Cooper about it on his “Thanks for Giving A Damn Podcast”
September 23, 2013 @ 5:55 pm
I’m pretty sure the person that Toby Keith is chewing out in the above video is Peter Cooper. I’ll listen to the podcast, but Kris went pretty in-depth saying that it never happened too.
“” I have to say, I have no memory of talking so tough to anyone at Willie”™s birthday party ”” least of all to Toby Keith, (if that”™s who the nameless star is), for whom I have nothing but admiration and respect.”
At the least, the story was dramatically embellished. And again, why would a Democrat say, “No lefty shit.” ?? To me it is a story a lot of folks really really want to be true because it is such a good one, but it just doesn’t add up. Peter Cooper may think otherwise, but he wasn’t there. Toby and Kris were, and they said it never happened.
September 23, 2013 @ 7:11 pm
I remember reading this line attributed to Willie Nelson, maybe in the Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music book:
“You know, Toby’s a Democrat…. Kind of.”
He may lean left on domestic issues, but he was pretty jingoistic foreign poicy wise back then. If the event happened in 2003, that would have been the first year of the Iraq War. It’s possible that he might have thought people like Kris Kristofferson to be a bit on the peacenik side.
September 23, 2013 @ 9:04 pm
Clearly Toby was a sabre rattler in 2003, but still, is a lifelong Democrat going to use the term “lefty” in a derogatory way to insult someone? You and I may know that Toby Keith is a Democrat, but I’d almost guarantee when Ethan Hawke was writing his story, he thought Toby was anything but. Maybe Toby did say something, but he didn’t say that.
September 23, 2013 @ 1:43 pm
Surprised there was no mention of the Toby Keith/Robert Earl Keen feud.
September 23, 2013 @ 5:56 pm
Yes, it probably deserves to be here, especially since Dierks vs. Isbell is. I will add it at some point…
September 23, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Taylor Swift fans versus Carrie Underwood fans…brings to mind the Manhattan Five Points fight in the movie “Gangs of New York”. lol!
September 23, 2013 @ 3:01 pm
I think the Toby Keith theft of Robert Earl Keen and Keen’s excellent response ought to rate pretty high on this list, especially because of commentary on Keith and Nashville in general one can glean from the incident.
September 24, 2013 @ 12:55 am
That has been added above.
September 23, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
interesting read, thanks!
September 23, 2013 @ 7:34 pm
One of the greatest feuds in country music history has got to be Bill Monroe versus Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. After Flatt and Scruggs left Monroe’s band in 1948 Monroe didn’t speak to Lester for over 20 years or to Earl for more than 45 years. Talk about holding a grudge!
September 24, 2013 @ 11:25 pm
Bill Monroe seemed to have a beef with a lot of folks. There was also tension between him and Jimmy Martin because Martin called himself the “King of Bluegrass.” It was always rumored Bill Monroe kept Jimmy from becoming a full-blown Opry member, though he performed there many times. Also while researching this article, I found some info on a long-standing beef Monroe had with Gibson over his mandolin, though it was eventually resolved.
September 25, 2013 @ 5:02 am
I once chatted with an elderly lady from Ohio, who, in her younger years, sang with some bluegrass and church groups. She recounted to me being so excited to meet Bill Monroe, whom she admired greatly. She was singing at some events where he was the headliner. She said after being in his company a couple times, that he was a jerk, and while she respected his talent, he was a pretty awful person.
September 27, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
Bill was notorious for making the guys in his band, work on the farm, play baseball games in towns they were touring in, and I’ve even heard, participate in boxing matches with the local “townies” where they played! His theory was, if you were on his payroll, you did whatever he told you to! I’m sure Lester and Earl took exception to that shit!
September 23, 2013 @ 7:45 pm
From Waylon’s Autobiography, not so much a feud but interesting
“I was just wobbling around, on pills and drunk. Merle Haggard and his manager, Fuzzy Owens, got me in a poker game and cleaned me out. I had four or five thousand dollars on me, and they won everything. They were there to get my money. That was it. I think Merle is a great singer and songwriter, and probably he was in as bad a shape as I was, but we’ve never been close since that night. I can still remember their faces. When I was broke, they said their good-byes and left. I never forgot that.”
May 28, 2017 @ 2:55 am
I didn’t know Waylon and Merle had a fight!
September 23, 2013 @ 8:56 pm
Can’t remember the exact details but Charlie Louvin had quite the dislike for Little Jimmie Dickens, referring to him as a “fucking little prick” or something of that sort.
Also Hank Jr called out “Garth and Clint and Alan” on his song Aint Goin Peacefully.
Spade Cooley and his wife maybe
strait country 81
September 23, 2013 @ 9:02 pm
My sister recorded a demo with a producer in Nashville a few weeks ago.
he told her Carrie Underwood & Sara Evans aren’t fond of each other.
Do you know if there’s any truth to this?
September 24, 2013 @ 11:25 pm
I’ve not heard anything along those lines, but doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
September 24, 2013 @ 2:19 am
Why is it that ‘celebrity’ types (you know, films stars, rap people, and … sigh …. country music artists) have to have “feuds”. Why is it never described as a row or an argument, it’s always a ‘feud’. Silly arses!
September 24, 2013 @ 5:42 am
Garth was asked by a reporter at TNN, and he simply said he admired Waylon’s music and everyone has opinions.
TX Music Jim
September 24, 2013 @ 10:19 am
Trig, I gotta tell ya I thought REK’s response to Toby was greatness. the song the road goes on and on and on and on is a classic in terms of REK’s sharp wit and sarcasim being used to perfection. Ready for confetti the album that song coes from was one of REK’s strongest studio records in serveral years. Another “feud” would be beer run recorded by Garth nad George Jones. Forgive me, I am not sure who wrote the song but a clear rip off, in my mind, of Todd Sniders song of the same name.
September 24, 2013 @ 11:30 am
I don’t think there was ever feud…although I did something once that said Todd found it funny it actually took 4 people to write Garth’s version. Don’t know for sure if that is true or not. I do know Garth called up Todd Snyder at one point asking to record “Alright Guy”. Garth never actually recorded the song but that eerily familiar guy by the name of Chris Gaines did, but the song never made it on the album.
September 24, 2013 @ 11:09 am
It’s noteworthy that in 2003, as our nation was ramping up to war with Iraq, Toby Keith’s concert backdrop depicted the Dixie Chicks as “Saddam’s Angels”.
Keith later addressed the issue by saying his intention with that was not to suggest the Dixie Chicks were appeasing terrorists, but to blast political correctness. Even so, that’s a detail that probably ought to be included in the recap especially because Keith and his management obviously fueled the feud fire just as much as Maines did despite Keith denying he’s ever bashed another artist.
September 24, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
Is it really fued if it is one sided or simply an opinion from one side?
Lot of “hearsay” in this blog and very few true fueds.
September 25, 2013 @ 2:37 pm
If someone got bitch slapped and they are too much of a wimp to slap back. Yeah, in my opinion, still a feud.
September 24, 2013 @ 2:41 pm
Wasn’t there some sort of dispute between Todd Snider and Garth Brooks over Beer Run, followed up by Snider writing a song called “If Tomorrow Never Comes”?
September 25, 2013 @ 3:03 pm
I remember something in the book Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music where Todd Snider talked about how Garth was going to record or maybe did record one of his songs, but then it didn’t appear on an album. Garth Brooks still paid him for the song. I think Snider thought Brooks was a nice enough guy. I don’t remember any ill will towards him.
September 29, 2013 @ 9:07 am
What are you smoking?
Garth has the “song” on his album Scarecrow. Track #2. He didn’t pay him.
REAL country, not POP country
October 9, 2013 @ 7:04 pm
I believe there was a feud, Garth brooks herd the song “beer run” by todd snider and I believe someone else was also involved in writing the song too? but garth brooks changed the words around, and pretty much stole the chours of the song, and todd never got paid for the song. soo in return snider took some of brooks lyrics in his song “if tomorrow never comes” and made a song called “if tomorrow never comes” as kinda a fuck you to garth brooks!
September 24, 2013 @ 6:45 pm
to this day, i am still on Natalie Maines’ side.it really is the most ignorant song.
September 25, 2013 @ 6:10 pm
Another really big feud not mention still has bitterness even now was the Loretta Lynn/ Wilburn Brothers uproar
September 25, 2013 @ 8:26 pm
somehow, i think kellie pickler and taylor swift had a ‘cold war’ feud or something
October 10, 2013 @ 7:55 pm
In Travis Tritt’s song “Old Outlaws Like Us” with Hank Jr. and Jayson; one line in the CHORUS says “You can talk all day ’bout the next Billy Ray. But I’ll cast my vote for Hag.” Ouch. Lol
October 10, 2013 @ 7:57 pm
Damn autocorrect… Hank Jr. and WAYLON not Jayson!
October 25, 2013 @ 4:03 pm
I don’t think it was Natalie Maines’ political remark that sank the Chick’s.
I believe it’s Natalie’s ability to get in more hot water in more ways than just about anyone.
She was courting trouble more than once. Now that her career has tanked, all she can do is wax philosophic. “I’m not ready to make nice”….was not her best moment.
“FUTK”. Yes, Natalie was a turd. The good news is, she’s no longer stuck to Toby’s shoe. Natalie will never be a people-pleaser.
May 31, 2015 @ 2:49 pm
It’s just funny that out of 21 “artists” only nine of them are country. We all know that pop country sucks!
June 16, 2016 @ 7:11 pm
Merle and Buck didn’t speak for a while, and not over Bonnie being married to Merle, But Buck tried to screw Merle out of some money over Sing me back home.Also Buck tried to upstage George Jones when they were touring together. All of these people were one of a kind characters
February 10, 2017 @ 10:49 am
“Tracks with provocative titles such as “Do Me Lover” and “Think Dirty” didn’t help dissuade the image most people had about Carter after the widely publicized 1979 episode at the Bottom Line in New York City where she introduced a song by saying, “If this don’t put the cunt back in country, nothing will,” without realizing her mother and stepfather were in the audience.” http://nodepression.com/article/carlene-carter-back-fold
And the award to ‘who said it first’ seems to go to Carlene Carter, maybe not though.
February 10, 2017 @ 10:53 am
And whoops I missed the Carlene Carter point, alas! I’m an idiot.
December 11, 2018 @ 1:18 pm
I read in a biography of Tammy Wynette that she claimed a new female country artist claimed they said to her – “Why don’t you move over and give some of us new gals a chance at the charts” to which Tammy replied “Move me”.
Has anybody ever heard that story? Does anybody know who that was?
September 25, 2019 @ 3:43 pm
The Charlie Rich thing is likely something made out of nothing. Charlie says, “This award goes to my friend John Denver.” He’d probably have burned it regardless since he’d won Entertainer of the Year the previous year.
July 26, 2020 @ 3:11 pm
The rift between Waylon and Tompall appears to have garnered a lot more hang time than it ever deserved. Fans eat this stuff up, so naturally the intrigue of a feud between two of Country music’s most notorious “Outlaws” is bound to linger. But, according to a story circulating back in my day as a Country DJ, the often headstrong Waylon and the sometimes volatile Tompall simply locked horns in the studio one night over creative differences… Period. The two otherwise never stopped being friends.
Insiders will tell you that Waylon never pulled punches. If he didn’t like TP, he’d have said so. On the contrary, he insisted on an ongoing “deep love and appreciation” for his rebel counterpart and Glaser always reciprocated.