George Jones was not only one of the most prolific country songwriters, he was also one of the most influential. To see how influential he was, look no further than YouTube to find out how many different artists have covered "She Thinks I still Care." This two-disc tribute to George Jones showcases just how vast an influence he had on music. Now, if you're someone who doesn't really like country music, allow me to encourage you not to do shy away from this album. Sure, it has some twang in it, but that's hard to avoid in a tribute to George Jones. Still, you can't call this a pure country album.
Disc 1 kicks off with Sassparilla's version of "White Lightning." It's quite a bit different than Jones's classic. This song not only has some pretty good rock influence, but also some good blues sounds. Sassparilla reminds me quite a bit of another Portland band - Hillstomp - in this song. From there, the album goes to the mellow indie-rock version of "She Thinks I Still Care" by Wellspring. I'm sure I might catch some flak for this, but if anything Wellspring makes this song even prettier thanks to Talia Osteen's vocals. No, I'm not kidding.
The bands do a good job of putting their own stamp on these songs. Water Tower, for instance performs a bluegrass version of "The Race is On." Hook & Anchor perform the classic duet "We're Gonna Hold On." This band definitely got the duet feel right. It doesn't sound exactly like the original, but it does have a classic sound.
What else can I say about this? It's a two-disc tribute to George Jones. If you want the music of George Jones (with a twist), check out this album.
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