"[The Beastie Boys] are furious. They
made this whole country album and Mike
D's the singer on it, and I swear, those guys are off the
hook. It sounds really good; they're good at all that shit"
- Mix Master Mike, 1998
"At some point after Ill Communication came out,
Mike got hit in the head by a large foreign object and lost all
of his memory. As it started coming back he believed that he was
a country singer named Country Mike. The psychologists told us
that if we didn't play along with Mike's fantasy, he could be
in grave danger. Finally he came back to his senses. This song
is one of the many that we made during that tragic period of time"
- Adam Yauch, 1999
Friends of the Band:
"[The Beastie Boys] made a whole country record which no one has heard or may even hear – which is hilarious. They should just put this stuff out – you know – Grand Royal, on a small level. It is classic." - Jill Cunniff, 1998
"Mike (Diamond) told me that when they recorded the country album, that Adam (Yauch) and he were wearing full western outfits and Adam was wearing a giant cowboy hat and cowboy boots. And they spoke in a southern accent. They’d go out to the pizza parlor in their outfits. They’d go downstairs outta the studio in their outfits and order pizza with the accents, cause they wanted to stay in character." - Gabby Glaser, 1998
"I mean it is really something not everyone knows about ‘em…how incredibly funny they are, side-splitting humor. Country Mike that’s his name. Ask him to sing Sloppy Drunks." - Jill Cunniff/Gabby Glaser, 1998
Press & Print Media:
"[A] curio like "Railroad Blues"
[is a] helpful insight into the Beastie psyche" - Flipside,
"The twang of "Railroad Blues" come[s] off as
[a] novelty" - Rolling Stone, 1999