George Jones and Bluegrass Music

George JonesAs has already been noted, George Jones had a significant influence on bluegrass music, most notably on those whose voice was still being formed in the early days of bluegrass.

Rhonda Vincent has praised him for helping her to find hers.

As for Jones himself, typical of country music performers, then as now, he recorded an album of bluegrass songs, Bluegrass Hootenanny, with one of his singing partners, Melba Montgomery.

Jones sang with a couple of bluegrass stars, most notably with Ralph Stanley. Two such recordings appear on the latter’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning album; Wonderful World Outside and Angel Band; and with The Grascals – Don’t Tell Mama on their Long List of Heartaches album.

Such was Jones’s liking for Ralph Stanley that he recorded How Could I Dream Such a Dream? for the A Special Tribute To A Living Legend – Dr. Ralph Stanley album.

Jones was a big influence on many bluegrass performers and several have recorded his music. Here’s a selection of songs:

The Grand Tour – Steve Gulley – Sounds Like Home

Beneath Still Waters – The Osborne Brothers – Country Roads
When the Grass Grows Over Me – The Osborne Brothers – The Osborne Brothers

Also recorded by Shannon Slaughter – The Sideman Steps Out

Golden Ring – Kati Penn – My Turn to Cry

Also recorded by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – Timeless Hits from the Past; Dry Branch Fire Squad – Tried And True

Don’t Stop the Music – Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals – Livin’ On the Mountain

Color Of the Blues – Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass – Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass

Also recorded by James King – Thirty Years Of Farming; and Bill Grant & Delia Bell – We’re Not The Jet Set

 

After the Fire Is Gone – Delia Bell & Bill Grant – 40 Years Of Memories

Also recorded by Pam Gadd – Benefit of Doubt; and Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press – Bluegrass And Beyond

Flame In My Heart – Delia Bell & Bill Grant – Dreaming

Also recorded by Stoney Lonesome – Blue Heartache; Alice Gerrard – Pieces Of My Heart; James King – Thirty Years Of Farming

Queen For A Day – Sidesaddle & Co; and James King – Thirty Years Of Farming 

Choices – The Grascals – Keep on Walkin’ 


I’d Jump the Mississippi
– Kathy Kallick Band – Walkin’ In My Shoes

Also recorded by Kenny & Amanda Smith Band – Live & Learn; Sidesaddle & Co – Queen For A Day

Old, Old House — Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys – The Weary Traveler

Also recorded by Grass Cats9 Lives and More; and Russell Moore Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutBack To The Mac; and Peter Rowan – Walls Of Time.

One Woman Man – Jimmy Martin – One Woman Man

White LightningThe Grascals – Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin

Seasons of My HeartDel McCoury BandBlue Side Of Town

Also recorded by Hylo Brown – Hylo Brown Meets the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers

I Cried Myself Awake – Dwight McCall – Kentucky Peace Of Mind

Also recorded by The Special Consensus – 35

Love Bug – Lost and Found – January Rain

Why Baby Why – Sawtooth Bluegrass Band – Bluegrass Honky Tonk

 

Also recorded by Virginia Squires – Hard Times & Heartaches

When the Phone Don’t Ring It’ll Be Me – James King – Lonesome and Then Some

I’ve Got a New Heartache – Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys – Our Kind Of Country

We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds – Suzanne Thomas – Dear Friends & Gentle Hearts

Also recorded by Bill Grant & Delia Bell – In England; Michelle Nixon & Drive – What More Should I Say?; and Joe Isaacs – Dreaming Of Home; Jim & Jesse Our Kind Of Country

You Done Me Wrong – Johnson Mountain Boys – Blue Diamond 

The Race is On – Summer Wages – Summer Wages

No Blues Is Good News – Charlie Sizemore – Good News

Walk Through This World with Me – Seldom Scene – Old Train 

Also recorded by Nothin’ Fancy – #7

Lonely Street – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Lonely Street

Also recorded by The Grascals – The Grascals

The Window Up Above – The Lost & Found – It’s About Time

Also recorded by The Stanley Brothers – Early Starday-King Years 1958-1961; and Ralph Stanley – Clinch Mountain Country

Talk To Me Lonesome Heart – Larry Stephenson – 20th Aniversary

Nothin’ Can Stop My Loving You – Bluegrass Cardinals – Cardinal Soul

Waltz of the Angels – Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen – New Horizon

 

Lastly, Jimmy Martin paid his own tribute to George Jones with Play Me Some George Jones Songs from the 12 Memories from Jimmy Martin to Us album.

If we missed a few, which I’m sure we have, please share them in the comments.

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About the Author

Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.

A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.

He wrote the annotated series I’m On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

  • harrymoore

    Here’s our playlist from last Saturday’s edition of Seldom Heard Music on KSMU, Springfield, MO – there are a few George Jones songs on it:

    http://ksmu.org/show/seldom-heard-music-may-4-2013

  • John Mathis

    The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band – “I’d Jump The Mississippi”. Originally recorded by George Jones & Melba Montgomery and also recorded by The Whites in the 80s’.