George Jones 1931-2013

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George Jones, one of the great singers in any genre, ever, has died at age 81. A true American original, the hard living rebel known as The Possum could tap vast reservoirs of loneliness and regret in his songs. Writes the Washington Post

“With other country singers, it’s almost about what they hold back. With Jones, it’s almost a cry for help, pure emotion,” said country music historian Bob Allen, describing Mr. Jones’s singing style. “He could bring a palpable anguish to a song.”

Hurt never sounded so authentic, or so gorgeous. (Much more about the irreplaceable Mr. Jones here and here and here.)

George Jones 1931-2013

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