The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse on Friday, 04/11 [originally broadcast 05/03/13], 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will be broken out into three segments:

  1. The Muscle Shoals Sound
  2. Sun Records and Memphis Soul
  3. George Jones

Speaking of the late, great George Jones, here’s my brief tribute from 2013:

George Jones passed away [April 26] in Nashville at the age of 81.

Waylon Jennings, himself one of the greatest country artistsever, was not exaggerating when he said, “If we all could sound the way we wanted, we’d all sound like George Jones.”

Much ink will be spilled praising The Possum. And what passes nowadays for country radio might even play a bit of his music for a change.

Real country music is not dead, but it suffered a painful body-blow today.

Those of us who love real country music all have our favorites, and artists that we consider the most important historically; but to my mind, the most transcendentally important figures in country music were Hank Williams (Sr., obviously), Johnny Cash, and George Jones.

It’s not trite hyperbole to say that George Jones’ passing marks the end of an era.

Country music has a huge hole in its heart that will never be filled.

And nobody’s going to fill his shoes.

Hope you can stop by, listen to the show, and join us in chat!

Spoiler Set List:

Excerpt: 50 Years Of FAME And The Muscle Shoals Sound
Otis Redding: Mr. Pitiful
Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
Excerpt: Muscle Shoals Documentary Trailer
The Staple Singers: I’ll Take You There
Clarence Carter: Too Weak To Fight
Excerpt: Muscle Shoals And The TVA Documentary
Aretha Franklin: Respect
James Carr: I Don’t Want To Be Hurt Anymore
Excerpt: The Birthplace Of R&B
Etta James: I’d Rather Go Blind
Otis Redding: Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
Aretha Franklin: Drown In My Own Tears
Drive By Truckers: Tornadoes
Excerpt: Sam Phillips/Sun Records Documentary
Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ At Midnight
B.B. King: Every Day I Have The Blues
Excerpt: Sam Phillips/Sun Records Documentary
James Cotton: Cotton Crop Blues
Carl Perkins: Matchbox
Memphis Slim: If You See Kay
Excerpt: National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Records
Sam & Dave: Hold On I’m Coming
Al Green: Love And Happiness
Excerpt: Sun Records Documentary
Roy Orbison: Only The Lonely
Johnny Cash: Hey Porter
Drive By Truckers: Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
Excerpt: Intro To The George Jones Show
George Jones: The Race Is On
Excerpt: Ricky Skaggs Re George Jones
George Jones: The Grand Tour
Excerpt: Tribute Record Participants
George Jones: Southern California
Excerpt: George Thanks His Ex-Wife
George Jones: Why Baby Why
Excerpt: Keith Richards Re George Jones
George Jones: We’re Gonna Hold On
George Jones: Don’t Stop The Music
Excerpt: Waylon Jennings Intervention
George Jones: White Lightnin’
Excerpt: Laura Bush Re George Jones
George Jones: She Thinks I Still Care
George Jones: We’re Not The Jet Set
Excerpt: Larry Gatlin Re George Jones
George Jones: The Window Up Above
George Jones: A Picture Of Me (Without You)
Excerpt: George Talks About His First Guitar
George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today