Elvis Costello performs with country music legend George Jones

I didn’t grow up with country music in the house but Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue album made me re-think some of the old classics. While my favorite on the album is the Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down”, it’s hard not to love Hank Williams’ “Why Don’t You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)?” and “Brown to Blue” by George Jones.

Costello ended up performing a few times with George Jones and they both seemed to enjoy the experience.



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  • emjayay

    Well I guess you didn’t have to put the videos up since you have to go to YouTube anyway. But thanks, both totally cool and from a program I didn’t know about, apparently I guess on a cable network that’s no longer around. Three guys I know about, but the interaction musically and personally in these clips is just great.

    Some years ago I did the sound design for a production of Lee Blessing’s “Nice People Dancing To Good Country Music.” I played all George Jones before the play to sort of set the scene (and because I wanted to), and it could be heard backstage. One of the actresses told me she kept thinking “Who’s this toothless old man singing in the preshow?” (and George Jones always sort of sounded that way, even in the 70’s stuff) but then eventually thought “Wow, he’s really good!”

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