George Jones Was Old School

I’m not a fan of new country music. It’s kitsch & everything sounds like pro-tools. But old school country? I still dig it. I make my kids listen to Outlaw Country on Sirius… they don’t seem to like it much – yet!

My dad always had the radio in the car tuned to country music and we gave him so much crap about it. I must have made fun of George Jones a hundred times when I was young. Then during college I found Uncle Tupelo and started to really listen. Then Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and Lyle Lovett. Then came Son Volt, Jayhawks, and Ryan Adams. After that came my all-time favorite Wilco, which spilled over into Sun Kil Moon, A.A. Bondy, Samamidon…

Guys like George Jones paved the way for most of the music I listen to these day. So here’s a look at him way back when he was young, playing my favorite George Jones song of all time:

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About Tim Suttle

Tim Suttle is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the author of several books: Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), and An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade Books, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals. Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. He has planted three successful churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • Wayne

    Beautiful! Here’s my favorite–I used to listen to this on the jukebox regularly at a drive-in near where I worked in the mid-’80s:

    “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R2F9f2Cl6Y

    The other song that I played at that time and on that jukebox was Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” :)


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