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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owWNCNyEuYI
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  • 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” :)