You hear country singers say it all the time, so let me echo them: I’m a big fan of George Jones. Two of his early albums — A Picture of Me (Without You) and Nothing Every Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You) - have been reissued on one CD and that’s what I keep playing this afternoon. Friends, this is my favorite kind of country music, smothered in steel guitar, booze and bad decisions. Released in the early 1970s, these albums were produced by Billy Sherrill, who magnificently captured that distinct yearning in Jones’ rich baritone in songs like “She Loves Me (Right Out of My Mind).”
You ought to hear how he phrases, “She brings out the DEHH-vil in me.” I can’t quite figure out if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. The second half is more cheerful than the first, with some upbeat songs about his woman - at the time, Tammy Wynette. So I’m mostly sticking with the first half today and soaking up those sad, sad songs. Man, I love this stuff.