With the funeral for Mr. Jones taking place tomorrow, and with many thanks in advance to Dierks Bentley and his people, I share his words with you tonight. Click here to visit Dierks' web site where you can read this piece, as well as get news on Dierks and where he and Miranda Lambert will be touring. Let's all take up the responsibility of keeping the memory and work of great artists like Mr. Jones, Mr. Waylon Jennings, Ms. Tammy Wynette, Mr. Johnny Cash and so many others who have passed before us alive and in the consience of all young music fans and artists going forward. Listen to their work and share it unapologetically. The future of our beloved music, be it country or Americana, depends on recognizing and honouring its illustrious past.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Dierks Says it Well, About George Jones and Country Music
For my post tonight, I'm going to defer to an artist whose appreciation for classic country and Americana is unparalelled by a mainstream country singer. Dierks Bentley wrote a guest blog post for CNN, sharing his thoughts and memories of his friendship with George Jones. While Dierks spoke of the sadness and sense of loss that he is personally feeling over the death of Mr. Jones, his blog also brought to light the entire genre of country music, its long and illustrious history, and the overall effect it can have on an individual. In his post, Dierks captured everything that I have felt about country music over my lifetime. I could not have said it better myself.