My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Giveaway: George Jones Starter Kit

Congratulations to Andrew.  He’s our winner this month.  We’ll be in touch, Andrew.  Keep reading for coverage of this month’s Spotlight Artist, Joe Diffie, and for your chance to win new music from Joe.

When I think of George Jones, I tend to think of the sad songs which form the core of his repertoire. From ‘The Door’ to ‘A Good Year for The Roses’, ‘A Picture Of Me (Without You)’ to ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ (voted greatest country song of all time), and a host of other classic hits. He is almost unparalleled at distilling heartbreak within the three minutes of a country song. Sad songs have always been the heartblood of country music, but they have become less prevalent particularly on country radio, which seems to prefer a cheery diet of positive sentiments to the songs of broken hearts. Apparently it’s also almost a kiss of death to release a slow-tempo’d song as a summertime single these days.

Despite the fact that his sad songs are the ones on which his reputation rests, George Jones can also turn his hand to fun up-tempo and novelty songs from ‘White Lightning’ (one of his biggest hits) and ‘Love Bug’ early in his career to later efforts like 1988’s ‘The King Is Gone (So Are You)’ and the 90s hit ‘I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair’. He also has some classic love songs in his repertoire, ranging from ‘Walk Through This World With Me’.

If you’re a country fan and you have only heard a few of George’s biggest hits, you’re missing out on arguably the greatest country singer of all time. We hope our coverage of George’s music this month is whetting your appetite to explore his catalog.

Just tell us if you prefer to listen to sad songs or happy ones before midnight on 31 July, and one lucky reader will win a copy of The Great Lost Hits, the new compilation showcasing the best of George’s years on Musicor, plus The Essential George Jones, which includes most of his biggest Epic hits and a sprinkling of other classics from his debut hit ‘Why Baby Why’ to 1999’s ‘Choices’.

16 responses to “Giveaway: George Jones Starter Kit

  1. DimSkip July 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Definitely sad songs. They’re a dying breed and dying is, well, sad…

    I like some happy up-tempo feel-good songs once in a while, but sad depressing songs are where it’s at for country. The depths of emotion are so much more compelling than the highs which all to often just seem superficial, pollyanna-ish, or downright silly with no substance.

  2. Paul W Dennis July 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Definitely the sad songs

    Anyone can sing uptempo songs (and there are artists who can do it better than George) . Other than the late Lefty Frizzell, no one could do the sad songs like George Jones

  3. Chad MacNeil July 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I like both, with a lean towards happy songs. I’m a positive person by nature, so I want to hear things to keep me in that mood. That said, I love the sad songs to keep me grounded and appreciative of what I have.

    George Jones is great at the sad songs, but he has quite a few up-tempo tunes too. “Love Bug”, “White Lightnin'”, amongst others immediately come to mind. When I’m having a bad day at work, I think of “Bartender’s Blues” (even though Jones didn’t write it, James Taylor did) and think, “at least I don’t have HIS job”.

    I think country is built on both types of songs, and that’s probably a big reason I love country so much. Any mood I’m in, I can find some great tunes to match!

  4. ShootingStarsMag July 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I’m definitely one of those people that love sad songs, and the country sad songs are some of the best. I like happy ones too but I think I have more favorite songs that are sadder!

  5. Dylan July 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Of course I can appreciate happy songs but I definately prefer sad ones.

  6. Andrew July 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    It depends on the mood I’m in, but I probably lean toward the sad songs. Like Paul said, anyone can do happy songs. It takes some actual talent to do a sad song and infuse the proper emotion in it.

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  8. Tom July 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

    …not many things with a steel-guitar in it beat a sad country song.

  9. Ben Foster July 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

    My original inclination was to choose happy songs, but now I’m thinking I’ll go with sad songs. It seems like sad songs typically have more of a story associated with them. Happy songs can be hard to pull off without sounding overly gushy or cheesy. Besides, many of the greatest country classics of all time are sad songs.

  10. Tony Lampert July 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    The best George Jones song is a sad, tear your heart out song. Is there any artist today that can do it like ole possum?

  11. idlewildsouth July 22, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Yea…by far prefer sad songs.

  12. robert cosar July 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    greetings from kelowna,b.c canada,
    i’ve been playing sad songs on the radio for 30 years
    and believe it or not people feel better after hearing sad songs.

    robert cosar

  13. Andrew Leprich July 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Sad songs are far more compelling to me. “Happy” songs can lift your spirits and make you feel good for a little while, but the effect is usually transient. In contrast, a sad country song can tear out your heartstrings, touch your soul, and stick with you for much longer.

  14. Sabrina5000 July 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Oh, I dearly Luv sad songs. Country music was built on sad songs. You know, the cryin’ she left me type. The guy at the bar drowning his sorrow while the jukebox plays. The cheating songs with the steel guitar wailing. That’s country. It just grabs your heart.

  15. dale schmucker July 29, 2010 at 12:28 am

    happy songs… because this old world is so negative it is good to hear a happy song!!!

  16. Ken Johnson July 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

    To me George Jones’ name is synonymous with sadness. There is no singer who wrings out every drop of misery from every syllable of a sad country song as effectively as George. He possesses an intuitive understanding of how to elevate the emotional level of any lyric that passes his lips. Even when the material may not be considered top shelf, George always adds another layer of sorrowfulness with his unique and heartfelt interpretation. Happy songs are fine to add some variety to the equation but nothing touches your soul like a George Jones ballad.

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