Thursday, February 16, 2012

Old School Country: George Jones

Once again, note the similarities to rock and roll. Wikipedia has this to say about country legend George Jones:
Throughout his long career, Jones made headlines often as much for tales of his drinking, stormy relationships with women, and violent rages as for his prolific career of making records and touring. His wild lifestyle led to Jones missing many performances, earning him the nickname "No Show Jones."
Nevertheless, George Jones has been consistently popular for the last sixty years.

Notice that none of these songs are "cowboy" or even particularly "Western" in nature. Of course there were people singing songs about the West and cowboys at this time, but they tended not to define country western music. At this early stage, "country" meant largely "the mountain South."

White Lightnin'

The Race is On

The Corvette Song is an old favorite of many:

Walk Through this World with Me is a slower ballad:

Finally, one of Jones' most known and loved is He Stopped Loving Her Today. This might be the song I heard most on the radio growing up. Then again, it might not be. It's also clearly blues-influenced.

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