Top 5 Country Music Feuds

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The great mullet smackdown of 1992, starring Travis Tritt and Billy Ray Cyrus
Country music singers, Hank Williams Jr. once sang, are a real close family. And like most families, sometimes they don't get along.

But unlike rap or British rock, where there are so many feuds it can be hard to keep track of them all, country musicians do a pretty good job of playing nice with each other - at least in public. Last weekend on his satellite radio show, Steve Earle made a couple of comments that led Rocks Off to believe that he and fellow "Class of 1986" alum Dwight Yoakam (both of whom will be here early next month) haven't always seen eye to eye. We hit the Internet hoping to turn up the source of this alleged friction, and couldn't find a thing.

But once in a while, even Nashville's carefully maintained negative-PR-restraining dam springs a leak, with suitably entertaining results. We figure you already know about Toby Keith and the Dixie Chicks, so call that one No. 6.

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5. LeAnn Rimes vs. Her Dad

Metroplex-raised Rimes debuted at age 13 with a bang, selling millions upon millions of her 1996 album Blue thanks to the eponymous single author and DJ Bill Mack originally penned for Patsy Cline. The singer and her manager/father Wilbur were soon at loggerheads over what to do with all that money, he claiming she spent too much of it shopping, she countering that he squirreled away more than his fair share (including in a safe on her tour bus).

After years of bruising lawsuits, the two reconciled shortly before Rimes' 2005 wedding to former dancer Dean Sheremet, but her appetite for feudin' was not satisfied. The Twitter-loving Rimes has also gone head-to-head with current husband Eddie Cibirian's ex-wife Brandi Glanville, talk-show host Wendy Williams and... well, keep reading.


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4. Hank Williams Jr. vs. David Allan Coe

This "feud" between the two grizzled outlaws is more like Neil Young's supposed beef with late Lynyrd Skynyrd front man Ronnie Van Zandt - more a mutual admiration society than a feud. Nevertheless, some people think Coe was taking a backhanded shot at Bocephus in his song about an encounter with the ghost of Hank's daddy, 1983's "The Ride." This argument is not helped by the fact that Hank Jr. has also recorded the song, nor by Coe's complimentary "Hank Williams Junior-Junior," which appears on 1985's 17 Greatest Hits.

On the other hand, the two collaborated on 1981's "Were You Born an Asshole?", and Junior challenges Coe's assertion that "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" is the perfect country and western song in 1999's "I'd Love To Knock the Hell Out of You." Told you we had a hard time coming up with five.


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13 comments
Allison
Allison

Hank Thompson and Kitty Wells, possibly the 1st country feud

OKC
OKC

You left out the Dixie Chicks vs Toby Keith?? That feud was so huge, your omission can only be intentional.

guest
guest

Legend has it that Steve Earle scratched "Dwight Yoakam Eats Sushi" in an elevator (either in a club or at MCA, I have heard different versions), hinting Dwight wasn't a real good old boy.  I think that was more Steve in his drug fog being an a$$ rather than a genuine feud.  I have never heard anything else, especially after Steve got clean. 

Midwayboy2002
Midwayboy2002

There's never been a feud between Hank Jr. and DAC.  Also, what "backhanded" shot are you talking about in The Ride?  If you would have dug a little deeper, however, you would have discovered that there was, indeed, a feud between Hank Jr. and Charlie Daniels.  Oh, by the way, are you a real journalist?

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Fun to think about PR squads all primed and ready to go immediately at all hours of the day or night... into damage-control mode.

What a job!

 

Allison
Allison

and another oldie but goodie, Loretta Lynn versus the good ol' boy country radio stations

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

It was. Note last sentence of third paragraph.

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

Yes, but not omniscient. Couldn't find anything tying Hank Jr and Charlie together except that the latter played fiddle on Bocephus' 1975 album. What's the story?

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

Thought about divorces/couples but that's a whole different blog. Besides, that one would be only half country. Maybe a quarter.

Midwayboy2002
Midwayboy2002

The story is that Hank Jr. was the opening act for Charlie Daniels (either late 70's or early 80's) and Ol' Bocephus' show was running a little long.  After numerous warnings from Charlie, Hank refused to wrap it up and kept on playing (actually, I wish he'd show some of that enthusiasm today).  Charlie had had enough, so he went out and pulled the plug on all of the electonics, including microphones and guitars.  Hank didn't take too kindly to it.  From that point on, when Hank would sing "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" in concert, which has the opening line of "I like Charlie Daniels", Hank would change that line to "I hate Charlie Daniels".  Kind of petty, I know, but hey, a feud is a feud.  A few years later on the old TV Show "Nashville Now", a fan suggested to Charlie that the only way we'd get the good old USofA straightened out is if he ran for President and Hank ran for VP.  Charlie commented that he agreed, except for the Hank Jr. part.  At any rate, I believe that the two have reconciled, as they have toured together in the 90's and have appeared together in a Grethcen Wilson video.  The even sand the old Hank Sr. song "Move it On Over" on some TV show, I remember.

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