Appalachia Music

Choices

If you haven’t heard, George Jones passed away on Friday, he was 81 years old. Most country music fans loved him-but I’ve known a few who didn’t. Either way-no one can deny the impact he had on the genre of country music.
Pap isn’t what you’d call a George Jones fan-oh he liked a lot of George’s earliest recordings-just not the drinking and carousing songs that came later. But Pap said he knew why George Jones was such a super star-it was because he had ‘it’. Pap went on to say he had no idea what ‘it’ was-other than to describe ‘it’ as an innate appeal to the masses that some people have.
Unlike Pap, I do like the songs George did later in his career-ones like The Grand Tour, Yesterday’s Wine, and He Stopped Loving Her Today. They all remind me of riding the back roads of Haywood County with The Deer Hunter in a jacked up Scottsdale Chevrolet Truck.
Chatter and Chitter made a go at one of George’s songs in honor of his musical career-Choices.

I hope you enjoyed the song.

Tipper

 

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26 Comments

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    B. ruth
    May 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Tipper,
    My “computer” has been on the blink for a few days…as well as the “putuer”!
    The last George Jones concert I went to see was a time after he was having all that problems of showing up at concerts…”No Show Jones” they called him!
    We sat there in the audience waiting and waiting, some clapping trying to get the attention of the introductory host. Finally, the curtains opened, no Jones…and the host said, “Well, it appears that….and drug the sentence out, and the audience went silent with a groan…that George will appear as George walked out the side of the curtain, guitar in hand…The audience cheered, me included with whistles, claps and laughter! He didn’t sing right then but appologised to everyone that might have been to one of those concerts where he didn’t show up! He went on to say he wanted to introduce his wife, Nancy who had changed his life and was so supportive in his music and dealing with his personal gremlins. I’ll never forget that concert! I was so looking forward to trying to go to his farewell concert this Spring. He was saved back in ’99 and was beginning to be a changed man. In the early years, he was such a young corousing man, as were many in the business. I remember during the forties and fifties, when I didn’t like country music that much, jokes were made about which country star would divorce and swap to another woman singer for their wife that week…
    I do think some singers were forgiven their past quicker than others. I don’t condone what he did, but by the grace of God it could have been any of us…Old country music is about gone, The Man in Black..Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, June Carter, Patsy Cline,
    and now the man that sang his life George Jones…
    The girls did a great job the song…they just keep gettin’ better and better!
    I know George would’ve loved their rendition…
    Thanks Tipper,

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    RB Redmond
    April 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Not a fan! The grief he put his loved ones through with his abuse, his drinking and his womanizing should not be excused simply because he had talent. That happens too often, and I think it’s sad. His loved ones continue to carry the scars of his abuse and faults while he just carries on. JMO
    God bless.
    RB
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    Sam Ensley
    April 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Great choioce on the song. The girls did a great job.

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    Tom
    April 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Great Pressley Girls performance of one of my favorite George Jones songs. Thanks for sharing!

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    Suzi Phillips
    April 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    The girls did an excellent job with my favorite George Jones song! It’s true, we all live and die by with choices we make-

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    Jane Bolden
    April 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love George Jones too. There will never be another one like him. Glad I saw him in person. H.S.L.H.T. and G.T. are two of my favorites. Tried to see video. Sure its good.

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    Penny
    April 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you for this!

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    Uncle Al
    April 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    A fine job on a good ole song. I agree with Pap, George had “it”. He lead a challenging life, and he was sure a good singer. “Choices” is a song we could all sing. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ken
    April 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Tipper,
    I’ll say one thing, Chitter and
    Chatter did a good job on that one,
    even if it’s not quite their style.
    I know ole George would be proud
    to have those pretty girls do one
    of his songs, and without much
    time to practice.
    I thought that his best songs were
    when Tammy was there to compliment
    him. We’ll miss George Jones…Ken

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    Wanda
    April 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the song, Chitter & Chatter.
    I always loved George Jones. I have alcoholism in my family & know what a terrible illness it is. His accomplishments while suffering from it are amazing–nobody’s music moves me as much.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m with Pap!

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    Jim Casada
    April 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

    To my way of thinking, the Possum stands second only to Merle Haggard among the icons of country music. Sadly, through inside information from a good friend on the Nashville scene, it appears that a major spitting match has erupted between Nancy (his wife) and Georgette (his daughter with Tammy Wynette). Georgette won’t be allowed to sit with the family at the memorial service and hadn’t even been told her father was in Vanderbilt Hospital.
    Dysfunctional family in death as his ways were–well, wayward–in life. Yet there’s no denying the power of his voice and the songs he sang.
    Jim Casada

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    Shirla
    April 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Those two just get better all the time! I was never much of a George Jones fan. I did get tickets to go to one of his concerts many years ago. When my cousin came to visit from out of town last week, we got to talking about country music singers, as her brother was a very successful manager of some of the most popular stars of the 80s and 90s. She said George was one of her favorite singers. I haven’t talked to her since he died, but I know she must be heartbroken.

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    Tamela
    April 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Good Song. Girls did good too.
    Aren’t we lucky these days to have good quality recordings of the great performers who have passed as well as the honorariums of others recording their songs?.
    Family stories, music, biblical lessons, etc. all live on because we share them.
    FYI – I tried to click on the “You Might Also Like”s and couldn’t get them to come up.
    Tamela

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    April 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I like their version! Like Pap, I’ve never been a big George Jones fan. I am certainly sorry he’s gone, though.

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    Don Casada
    April 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Tipper,
    I certainly agree with Pap on the lifestyle that Possum George followed and that he had “it” – but I also agree with you about the later songs.
    In my view, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is one of the top handful of all time country songs. It would be good sung by any number of folks, but the way George Jones sang it lifted it immeasurably.
    His version of White Lightnin’ is just plain fun – as is Ol’ Red, which is almost a modern ballad with a happy ending.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Wow, 81, I think it’s amazing that he lived to the age of 81, given some of his life choices.
    The girls did a nice job of the song., a fitting tribute to the man’s talent. I love their harmony and it looks effortless.
    Wonder if Tammy is still living.

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    Howland
    April 28, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Isn’t this a grand way to start a morning? The girls just seem to get better and better…

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    Tim Mc
    April 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Good job ladies,, it’s good one of you play the guitar and the other the fiddle,, that song wouldn’t be right without the fiddle walkin… That song has such a life experience/lesson in it.. Got some close (in) that if they had only step back and seen where their life was going to end up,, they wouldn’t be having to live with some of the “Choices they made”..

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    Mel H.
    April 28, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Mr. Jones did have “it”–even he couldn’t explain why, or even what “it” was–it went beyond his musical abilities, which were great & rare.

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    dolores
    April 28, 2013 at 7:56 am

    The girls gave a fitting tribute to George Jones. Nicely performed!

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    Bradley
    April 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

    The girls get better and better Tipper!
    I have an opinion like Pap’s about George Jones. I really liked most of his songs but don’t think we would have ever been fishing buddies. That’s the way I have felt about a lot of entertainers. I was always a fan of the Rolling Stones and Beatles but only because I liked their sound. Don’t think I would have cared to hang out with either.

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    Anastasia
    April 28, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I’ve never heard of George Jones before however much I love country music. Chatter and Chitter are so very talented! They both have great voices. Thanks for sharing the video.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    April 28, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Chitter and Chatter did an outstanding job with George Jones’s “Choices.” Thanks to them for learning and performing it, and to you for posting it. Such a lesson in the song! All of you have a wonderful Lord’s Day–and remember National Day of Prayer coming up May 2. Let us pray for America!

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 28, 2013 at 7:18 am

    A wonderful tribute to George Jones, great job girls.

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    Bob Adcock
    April 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

    A song with a message! The girls did a great job!

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