Friday, April 26, 2013

George Jones: When Country Was About Real People, Not Caricatures

George Jones with Keith Richards, “Burn Your Playhouse Down,” an outtake from The Bradley Barn Sessions (1994)

I was sorry to hear that country legend George Jones died today at the age of 81. He came from the tradition of real country singers and songwriters; men and women who wrote about real people struggling to get by. Today’s country – to the extent there is such a thing, as opposed to watered down pop music that masquerades as country – is all about Larry the Cable Guy-type caricatures.

George Jones was the real deal. He’ll be missed.

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