Originally conceived as “songs I wished I had recorded,” Jones recorded eleven songs that included many he had passed on over the years that went on to became hits for other people. The one hit he didn’t miss is the first new version of He Stopped Loving Her Today in 25 years. Includes his first ever duet/video with Dolly Parton on the Hank Williams, Jr. penned “The Blues Man.” This song chronicles the life of a singer who “started drinkin’, took some things that messed up his thinkin’ … got cuffed on dirt roads, got sued over no shows” not unlike Jones himself.
Jones had resisted rerecording He Stopped Loving Her Today for 25 years because he believed that the version he and Billy Sherrill created could never be topped. It has consistently been voted the “greatest country song of all time” and the hit will always be the definitive version. Now, not looking to top the original but instead to offer another interpretation: a starker, more mature take that forsakes strings for steel and Jones’ mournful delivery is slower and almost sadder. Jones would only trust Keith Stegall, whom he has often referred to as a “little Billy Sherrill” to touch his signature song.
Funny How Time Slips Away – 4:05
Detroit City – 2:55
The Blues Man (with Dolly Parton) – 4:32
Here In The Real World – 3:40
If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong – 3:19
Today I Started Loving You Again – 2:37
On The Other Hand – 3:05
Pass Me By – 3:07
Skip A Rope – 2:54
Too Cold At Home – 3:40
Busted – 2:48
He Stopped Loving Her Today – 3:21