Not My Job: Country Star Wynonna Gets Quizzed On Other Judds

Singer Wynonna Judd of Wynonna &amp The Big Noise performs at the CMA Festival in Nashville, Tenn., in 2015.

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Wynonna does not just sing nation music — she’s lived it. She grew up poor, married a guy named Cactus and says she’s gone “from an outhouse to the White Residence.”

Given that Wynonna is a member of the popular Judd household, we’ve invited her to play a game known as “A Judd by any other name evening nevertheless smell as sweet.” 3 questions about other Judds (or Juds).

Click the listen hyperlink above to see how she does.


And now the game exactly where we ask silly concerns of significant people. It’s known as Not My Job. So Wynonna does not just sing country music, she lived it. She grew up dirt poor, she’s tangled with the law and she’s married to a guy named Cactus. And she likes to say…

WYNONNA JUDD: I tangled with the law?

SAGAL: You did. Did you not keep in mind that?

JUDD: And the law won.


SAGAL: Well, yeah. We do – as she likes to say, she went from an outhouse to the White Home. We do not know if getting with us is going further on that journey or backwards to exactly where she came, but we’re delighted to welcome Wynonna to WAIT WAIT… Never Tell ME. How are you?


SAGAL: Sadly, our radio audience can’t see you, but you are a remarkable presence. You walked onto the stage like the queen of England hunting upon her subjects. Have been you constantly like that when you were a young woman?

JUDD: Yes.

SAGAL: You, like, walked into a room and, like, this is my room.

JUDD: Yes, I – swift story – I changed my name to Wynonna when I was 12, and I’d also told my mother at 18 due to the fact I made her famous at – when I was 18. Elvis was 18 when he signed with the identical label, so I had her get in touch with me Shelvis (ph).


SAGAL: Shelvis?

JUDD: That’s what you do.

SAGAL: Wait a minute.

JUDD: So, yeah.

SAGAL: So why’d you all – let’s go back. Why did you change your name at the age of…

JUDD: Since I can. This is America.


SAGAL: (Laughter).

JUDD: Simply because I could, honestly. I loved the song “Route 66” and the music that I listened to increasing up was big band and I just love Flagstaff, Ariz., do not overlook Winona, which is the story of my life. So Wynonna just was a name like Xena. It just – I necessary a name, men and women.

SAGAL: Yeah. When you Google – I don’t know if you know this – but if you Google you, you get these fantastic photographs from the ’80s. And you had some incredible hair.

JUDD: Bon Juddi (ph).

SAGAL: Oh, it was remarkable. It was – how long did that take to get your hair that…

JUDD: The greater the hair, the closer to heaven.

SAGAL: Yeah.


JUDD: Duh.

SAGAL: Now, you are – and you just correct me when I am wrong but don’t hit me…

JUDD: Oh, I will.

SAGAL: …’Cause I’m going to make some errors.


SAGAL: So your 1st big musical act was The Judds, you and your mom, correct?

JUDD: The artist formerly recognized as The Judds, yeah.

SAGAL: The artist formerly identified as The Judds.

JUDD: Listen, I’ve been performing my complete life. We lived in Appalachia – absolutely nothing to do, no Tv, no telephone. I was forced to listen to NPR against my will.


JUDD: I am quite significant.

SAGAL: This is hilarious ’cause I actually wanted to hear one particular of these wonderful, like, you know, Loretta Lynn stories of deprivation.

JUDD: No, no.

SAGAL: You happen to be like, there we have been, up in the hollow, nothing at all but NPR.


PETER GROSZ: That sounds, like, way worse than anything that Loretta Lynn…

SAGAL: Some days there was no dinner, so we had to listen to the initial hour of All Things Regarded more than once more.


SAGAL: So I have to ask, I know some teenage girls. I know some teenage girls’ moms. How did you and your mom get along touring all those years collectively?

JUDD: Subsequent question.

SAGAL: Truly?


JUDD: It was my dream growing up, but I never expected to be on a bus with her for ten years. But it – that’s not funny.


JUDD: Everybody constantly laughs when I say that.

SAGAL: That you were in a band with your mom for 18 years?

JUDD: Yeah.

SAGAL: It is fairly funny to believe of ’cause what – you know, we all watched “The Partridge Family members” growing up and that seemed quite good.

JUDD: Oh, that’s a bunch of crap.


SAGAL: 1 of the factors we located out about you – I assume you know this and enjoy this – is that you are one thing of an icon in the drag planet.

JUDD: Wow.

SAGAL: Is that correct?


JUDD: Yeah, you know you’ve created it when – real quick story, I never know how much time we have.

GROSZ: Oh, go.

JUDD: Guy came up to me in an airport and he mentioned, my girlfriend went as you, I imply, for Halloween. I went, OK, this is going to be great. And he goes, no, no, no, it was horrible. And I stated, what? And he goes, properly, I told her, you are black. That’s when you know you have made it – when a black drag queen goes as you as – for Halloween.

GROSZ: (Laughter).

SAGAL: That’s…


JUDD: That is a accurate story.

SAGAL: Yeah.

GROSZ: That’s crossover appeal.

JUDD: That is when you know. I really like everything, I actually do. I’ll show up at something. I’ve just learned – I’ve accomplished…

SAGAL: All correct.

JUDD: …Bar mitzvahs.

SAGAL: You have accomplished bar mitzvahs?

JUDD: Yeah, nun conventions, Harley rallies, yeah.

SAGAL: Wait a minute, I…

JUDD: Hell’s Angels.

SAGAL: Go back, go back, go back. So little Courtney Berkowitz (ph)…

JUDD: Yeah.

SAGAL: …Is being bar mitzvahed.

JUDD: Yep.

SAGAL: And at the reception…

JUDD: (Singing) Grandpa, tell me about the good old days. Oy.

SAGAL: I would like to hear you do Hava Nagila if you don’t forget it.

JUDD: (Laughter) I don’t even know what that implies.

SAGAL: (Laughter) Oh, it really is all proper. I am just going to devote a minute feeling really terrible at my – about my bar mitzvah.


SAGAL: Well, Wynonna, we have invited you right here to play a game we’re calling…

BILL KURTIS: A Judd by any other name may well nevertheless smell as sweet.

SAGAL: You are part of the most popular Judd family members in America, if not the globe, so we believed we would ask you about some of the other Judds out there. Answer 3 Judd-associated queries correctly and you’ll win our prize for a single of our listeners – Carl Kasell’s voice on their voicemail. Bill, who is Wynonna playing for?

KURTIS: Marti Fulton of Nashville, Tenn.


SAGAL: Prepared to do this?

JUDD: (Gasping).

SAGAL: All correct, right here is your first question. Keith Judd – he made news for taking almost half the vote in the West Virginia Democratic main against President Barack Obama in 2012.

JUDD: They have politics in West Virginia?

SAGAL: They do, they do.


SAGAL: This was – now, it was remarkable that Mr. Judd took nearly half the vote of the Democrats against Barack Obama in 2012. Why? A – Keith Judd is a fictional character from the Tv show the “Gilmore Girls” B – he ran from inside a prison in Texas exactly where he was serving 14 years for extortion or C – he is only three years old.

JUDD: I was hoping it would be, like, a dog or one thing. But, yeah, I’m going to go with the kid just since it sounds ridiculous.

SAGAL: No. No, I am afraid, in fact, he was running from inside a prison in Texas.

JUDD: I was going to pick that a single, crap. What does that tell you about politics that you can run from inside prison? Really?

SAGAL: Yeah. Apparently this is what this guy does for a hobby.

JUDD: Oh, my gosh.

SAGAL: He finds states you can register as a non-resident and he registers as a politician.

JUDD: Oh, I am sorry I did not win that ’cause I was going to go with that, but that sounded too…

SAGAL: Nicely, you have two a lot more probabilities. You two a lot more probabilities. As it turns out, second query, there is a definition for jud in the Urban Dictionary. According to them, what is a jud? A – anybody or anything that flouts standard norms of behavior or look B – a smooth, romantic move involving tripping your date so you can catch her or C – a sandwich in which a piece of bread is held in between two pieces of meat.


JUDD: I am going to say it really is A, but I want it to be C.


SAGAL: Are you going to go with A? Effectively, then you’re appropriate. Of course, that’s what a jud is.


SAGAL: A jud is a rebel. A jud doesn’t fit in. A jud does what it desires. But final query – if you get this right, you win it. Here we go. Hang on a second, I got to…

GROSZ: Stare into the light. Are you going to sneeze?

SAGAL: (Sneezing).

JUDD: Kikapa (ph).

SAGAL: Thank you.

GROSZ: Bless your heart.

JUDD: Chutzpah.


JUDD: That is the only word I know.

SAGAL: That is a very good one particular. That is a good a single for you to know.

GROSZ: That is really – misusing chutzpah in such a public and exciting way was a fantastic example of chutzpah.


GROSZ: That was aces.

SAGAL: We have 1 more query for you, Wynonna. Jud Buechler was his name. Jud Buechler was an NBA player. He played on the Chicago Bulls, great teams in the ’90s, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. But Jud Buechler holds an NBA record himself. What is that record? A – the only individual foul committed with a jock strap B – most shots that missed the backboard completely and struck fans in the face or head or C – he played the most minutes in the most games with no truly doing something.

JUDD: I feel it’s C.

SAGAL: You consider it really is C, and you’re correct.


SAGAL: Jud Buechler is the NBA record holder with most minutes played without having any points, assists, rebounds or any other actual achievements on the court.


SAGAL: Bill, how did Wynonna do on our quiz?

KURTIS: She got two correct out of three, and that is a huge win for us.

SAGAL: (Unintelligible).

JUDD: Listen, I’ve won – I’ve had a very good life. I’ve carried out it all twice, and this is far more entertaining, really.


SAGAL: I agree with you. Wynonna is a five-time Grammy winner, 1 half of the legendary duo The Judds. Her most recent album is “Wynonna And The Massive Noise.” Wynonna, thank you so a lot for getting with us on WAIT WAIT… Do not Tell ME. Give it up for Wynonna.


JUDD: (Singing) I want to speak when I got the inclination. I want to move when I got the locomotion. I am going to do just what it requires to hold this smile on my face.

SAGAL: In just a minute, you have your chance to finish your 108-year lengthy limerick losing streak. Contact 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to join us on the air. We’ll be back in a minute with much more of WAIT WAIT… Do not Inform ME from NPR.

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