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By Mark Bennett
There’s a school of thought regarding cross-genre duets that says “the stranger, the better.” This year’s Snoop Dog-Willie Nelson collaboration leaps to mind.
No such shock-value pairings appear on George Jones’ “Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets.” Even his matchup with Keith Richards on the title track blends smoothly. The Rolling Stones guitarist coaxes the old bad-boy out of Jones as they trade lines of this you-done-me-wrong Lester Blackwell song, including “I’ve got an achin’ in my heart, and arson on my mind; I’m gonna burn your playhouse down.” Jones is 77, and Richards is 64, so we can only hope it’s more retrospective bluster than insidiousness.
George Jones University (GJU), the 2-day seminar program held twice each year, provides a unique and substantive learning environment for music industry hopefuls. Student “possums” attend classes at the Franklin, TN private ranch of George and Nancy Jones where successful entrepreneurs and industry executives provide the instruction.
GJU program topics include touring, performing, booking, management, finances, working with record labels and publishers, and other areas of interest presented by industry executives. Presenters speak about their area of expertise and then allow time for Q&A with the students.
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.”