By: Craig Shelburne
After all these years, I figured there couldn’t be any lost duets between George Jones and Tammy Wynette. So imagine my surprise to find the previously unheard “Lovin’ You, Lovin’ Me” on Jones’ new album, Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets. The production sounds a little bit hokey, since it was recorded in 1977, but I still find myself joyously singing along (with George’s part, that is). It’s at the end of the album, and you can listen to the likes of Dolly Parton, Shelby Lynne and Vince Gill along the way.
When Billy Sherrill becomes the first producer inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in October, it will cement the legacy of one of Nashville’s most significant behind-the-scenes talents, and few people will have as much firsthand appreciation for the accomplishment as George Jones.
“Billy Sherrill is a genius,” George told The Tennessean. “He knew how to put these things together. He was behind so much of my success.”
Find out what’s On the Streets this week when host Suzanne Alexander gives you the details on new music from George Jones. Timeless recordings of duets locked in vault are being released on George Jones’ “Burn Your Playhouse Down.” This plus much more, all On The Streets.
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Thomas Kintner, The Hartford Courant
A far-reaching compilation that stretches back to the late ’70s, this 12-track sojourn through some of The Possum’s best, previously unreleased duets only serves to burnish Jones’s richly deserved reputation as one of Nashville’s finest vocalists. Studded with stars, like Keith Richards, Vince Gill and Mark Knopfler, Playhouse is touchingly framed by family; Jones’s only child with the late Tammy Wynette, Georgette Jones, channels a bit of her mother’s spirit on You and Me and Time, while Wynette herself smokes on the recently discovered Lovin’ You, Lovin’ Me.