Not My Job: Country Star Wynonna Gets Quizzed On Other Judds Wynonna doesn't just sing country music, she's lived it — she says she's gone from "an outhouse to the White House." As a member of the famous Judd family, we'll ask her questions about other Judds.

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

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And now the game where we ask silly questions of serious people. It's called Not My Job. So Wynonna doesn't 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 remember that?

JUDD: And the law won.


SAGAL: Well, yeah. We do - as she likes to say, she went from an outhouse to the White House. We don't know if being with us is going further on that journey or backwards to where she came, but we're delighted to welcome Wynonna to WAIT WAIT... DON'T 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 looking upon her subjects. Were you always 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 - quick story - I changed my name to Wynonna when I was 12, and I'd also told my mother at 18 because I made her famous at - when I was 18. Elvis was 18 when he signed with the same label, so I had her call 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: Because I can. This is America.


SAGAL: (Laughter).

JUDD: Because I could, honestly. I loved the song "Route 66" and the music that I listened to growing up was big band and I just love Flagstaff, Ariz., don't forget Winona, which is the story of my life. So Wynonna just was a name like Xena. It just - I needed a name, people.

SAGAL: Yeah. When you Google - I don't know if you know this - but if you Google you, you get these great pictures from the '80s. And you had some amazing hair.

JUDD: Bon Juddi (ph).

SAGAL: Oh, it was amazing. It was - how long did that take to get your hair that...

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

SAGAL: Yeah.


JUDD: Duh.

SAGAL: Now, you're - and you just correct me when I'm wrong but don't hit me...

JUDD: Oh, I will.

SAGAL: ...'Cause I'm going to make some mistakes.


SAGAL: So your first big musical act was The Judds, you and your mom, right?

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

SAGAL: The artist formerly known as The Judds.

JUDD: Listen, I've been performing my whole life. We lived in Appalachia - nothing to do, no TV, no telephone. I was forced to listen to NPR against my will.


JUDD: I'm very serious.

SAGAL: This is hilarious 'cause I really wanted to hear one of those great, like, you know, Loretta Lynn stories of deprivation.

JUDD: No, no.

SAGAL: You're like, there we were, up in the hollow, nothing 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 first hour of All Things Considered over again.


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 together?

JUDD: Next question.

SAGAL: Really?


JUDD: It was my dream growing up, but I never expected to be on a bus with her for 10 years. But it - that's not funny.


JUDD: Everybody always laughs when I say that.

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

JUDD: Yeah.

SAGAL: It is pretty funny to think of 'cause what - you know, we all watched "The Partridge Family" growing up and that seemed pretty nice.

JUDD: Oh, that's a bunch of crap.


SAGAL: One of the things we found out about you - I assume you know this and love this - is that you are something of an icon in the drag world.

JUDD: Wow.

SAGAL: Is that true?


JUDD: Yeah, you know you've made it when - real quick story, I don't know how much time we have.

GROSZ: Oh, go.

JUDD: Guy came up to me in an airport and he said, my girlfriend went as you, I mean, for Halloween. I went, OK, this is going to be good. And he goes, no, no, no, it was horrible. And I said, what? And he goes, well, I told her, you're black. That's when you know you've made it - when a black drag queen goes as you as - for Halloween.

GROSZ: (Laughter).

SAGAL: That's...


JUDD: That's a true story.

SAGAL: Yeah.

GROSZ: That's crossover appeal.

JUDD: That's when you know. I love everything, I really do. I'll show up at anything. I've just learned - I've done...

SAGAL: All right.

JUDD: ...Bar mitzvahs.

SAGAL: You've done 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 remember it.

JUDD: (Laughter) I don't even know what that means.

SAGAL: (Laughter) Oh, it's all right. I'm just going to spend a minute feeling really terrible at my - about my bar mitzvah.


SAGAL: Well, Wynonna, we have invited you here to play a game we're calling...

BILL KURTIS: A Judd by any other name might still smell as sweet.

SAGAL: You are part of the most famous Judd family in America, if not the world, so we thought we would ask you about some of the other Judds out there. Answer three Judd-related questions correctly and you'll win our prize for one of our listeners - Carl Kasell's voice on their voicemail. Bill, who is Wynonna playing for?

KURTIS: Marti Fulton of Nashville, Tenn.


SAGAL: Ready to do this?

JUDD: (Gasping).

SAGAL: All right, here is your first question. Keith Judd - he made news for taking nearly half the vote in the West Virginia Democratic primary 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 almost 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 where he was serving 14 years for extortion; or C - he is only 3 years old.

JUDD: I was hoping it would be, like, a dog or something. But, yeah, I'm going to go with the kid just because it sounds ridiculous.

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

JUDD: I was going to pick that one, 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'm sorry I didn't win that 'cause I was going to go with that, but that sounded too...

SAGAL: Well, you have two more chances. You two more chances. As it turns out, second question, there is a definition for jud in the Urban Dictionary. According to them, what is a jud? A - anybody or anything that flouts conventional norms of behavior or appearance; 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 between two pieces of meat.


JUDD: I'm going to say it's A, but I want it to be C.


SAGAL: Are you going to go with A? Well, then you're right. 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 wants. But last question - 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's the only word I know.

SAGAL: That's a good one. That's a good one for you to know.

GROSZ: That's actually - misusing chutzpah in such a public and exciting way was a great example of chutzpah.


GROSZ: That was aces.

SAGAL: We have one more question 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 personal foul committed with a jock strap; B - most shots that missed the backboard entirely and struck fans in the face or head; or C - he played the most minutes in the most games without actually doing anything.

JUDD: I think it's C.

SAGAL: You think it's C, and you're right.


SAGAL: Jud Buechler is the NBA record holder with most minutes played without 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 right out of three, and that's a big win for us.

SAGAL: (Unintelligible).

JUDD: Listen, I've won - I've had a good life. I've done it all twice, and this is more fun, actually.


SAGAL: I agree with you. Wynonna is a five-time Grammy winner, one half of the legendary duo The Judds. Her most recent album is "Wynonna And The Big Noise." Wynonna, thank you so much for being with us on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME. Give it up for Wynonna.


JUDD: (Singing) I want to talk when I got the inclination. I want to move when I got the locomotion. I'm going to do just what it takes to keep this smile on my face.

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