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Aging Country Star George Jones' YouTube Message Has Makings of A Country Song

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2012 05:57pm | Post a Comment
         

Country music legend George Jones posted the above YouTube video to his website two days ago in which in the first half he thanked his fans for their continued support and their well wishes during his recent respiratory infection that hospitalized him for a week last month and resulted in him having to cancel concert dates. But then in the second breath the 80 year old singer accused his 41 year old daughter Georgette Lennon and "her new husband" of telling lies and spreading bad rumors about him "on the Internet and Facebook." These "bad things" that his daughter (whose mother was the late country star Tammy Wynette) was allegedly saying about him, and reportedly are at the heart of a two decade old family feud,  were "all about money" he said.

His daughter responded telling the Associated Press that she is "completely devastated" that her father would take their family business public in such a manner.  Indeed the fact that an elderly man at age 80 & facing health issues would be bothered to care about what anyone may or may not be saying on Facebook seems a little silly to say the least. And since the topics he covers in the short video message tackle betrayal, money, family, substance abuse & rehab, and his quote "I am not the person they claim I am" have all the earmarks of a classic country song it's too bad the Country Music Hall of Famer didn't just write & record a song about his troubles instead of posting a YouTube rant. But maybe he still will or else maybe someone will AutoTune it - country style.

I'm a little bit country...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 29, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
By Kaitlin

Growing up, I was never allowed to fiddle with the radio in the car. I listened to whatever my folks were listening to and that was that. I knew kids who would get in the car and change the music, turn it up, and I was a little jealous. In retrospect, I realize that I received a huge musical education in those car trips that I wouldn’t trade for a pile of gold. Seriously!

In my dad’s car was where I first heard the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, and so on and so on. In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to share some of my memories about hearing these legendary, moving, and talented women.Loretta Lynn

I believe I first heard of Loretta Lynn when watching Coal Miner’s Daughter, the film based upon her life starring Sissy Spacek. She grew up dirt poor and skyrocketed to fame with an amazing voice and moving storytelling in her songs. She was a strong woman and sang about issues that real, working women dealt and still deal with such as cheating men, being a single mother, birth control, and divorce, among other themes.

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My real introduction to Gram Parsons ...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 15, 2007 10:43am | Post a Comment
I came at Gram sideways, when my eyes saw the words ... Grievous Angel, Fallen Angel, Love Hurts  ... it was December, 2003 and I hadn't listened intently to any of Gram's music. I'd heard it over the years, but I'd never sat and played it in a dark room with my soul torn open, Gram playing on a little boombox while I sobbed like I could cry everyone's mortality away.

See, someone had just died. Here were all of her things, I'm trying to sort them out - and here was her Gram records. I had never known that Gram sang "Love Hurts,"  honest to God. I thought that was a Nazareth song. I know a lot about music, but sometimes I'm still that dumb kid who grew up in the 70's.

I spent about 3 weeks in that apartment listening to those albums over and over, and I thought ... this is what miracles are. That something so beautiful, angelic and sorrowful could whisper in the background of your life as your friends were all hip to it ... but sometimes the music waits until exactly when you need it. Then it runs you over like a Mack truck. The kind of Mack truck that heals you while you fall in love with it.

I had to put aside Gram for years, because the pain was too great. See, it was my best friend's Mom who had just died. I'd never been in a situation to have an aging parent, and I certainly had never been around to take an older woman to her (frustrating) doctor appointments, carry grocery bags upstairs and talk about how Nevada Barr is no Faulkner, but sometimes you can go the prettiest places in a 1.99 soft cover from Moe's Books in Berkeley, when you can't afford to get on a plane. Or when you're dying, and you probably know that deep in your bones. I'd never watched someone I respected so much ... just waste away. Disappear.

I wish we'd talked about her music too, because that woman had some damn good records. (You bet a whole lot of Emmylou was in in there was well.)  You never know someone it seems, until far too late. What would my life had been like if she'd hit play on "Love Hurts" back in the summer of 2003? Different, but in a way, I suppose this was better. I can't judge.

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