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.
This collection of previously unreleased duets is a must-have for George Jones fans in particular and pure country fans in general. “Rockin’ Years,” a No. 1 Billboard hit for Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton in 1991, takes on a new life when Parton pairs with the Possum, and Keith Richards sounds more hillbilly than rock star on the album’s title cut. “Selfishness in Man,” with Vince Gill, would be an instant radio classic if it were released 25 years ago.
Though the sessions range from the 1970s to a poignant father/daughter collaboration cut two years ago, the consistently thrilling and magnificent voice of George Jones is a constant on this fine, stylistically intriguing collection of duets initially done for other projects but never issued until now. The opening “You and Me and Time” pairs him with daughter Georgette, whose aching delivery perfectly communicates the song’s theme of emotional struggles over a long time period. “Lovin’ You, Lovin’ Me” teams Jones with former wife Tammy and is much more than a leftover archive item.