The great George Jones died on Friday.
Growing up in Texas, I tried very hard to hate Country Music. I was part of the Rock and Roll generation. I thought Country was old-fashioned and hickish.
But my sweet Daddy loved Country-Western music. It's what we listened to on the radio in his car. And I have always hidden a deep and abiding love of the Country greats. Hank Williams. Patsy Cline. Loretta Lynn. Glen Campbell. Eddy Arnold. Johnny Cash. Merle Haggard. Tammy Wynette. Willie and Waylon and Dolly. Bobbie Gentry. And "The Possum", George Jones.
Jones lived a hard life, filled with heartbreak and drinking and torment, but nobody could channel heartbreak into music like he did.
RIP George Jones. 9/12/1931 - 4/26/2013.
In honor of George and of my Daddy, please listen...