May 3, 2013
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville.
Rebooting your inner Jones ... Country music stations were shamed a bit in the last week when they really couldn't honestly salute George Jones.
2013 Country radio rarely dips into its past . Kind of like a divorcee with four ex-husbands, looking for husband #5 just trying to make a new start.
With Country radio stations' on-air people knowing the death should be acknowledged but scared to play one of his songs. Not in computer ... not on automated playlist.
Ultimately, all the TV networks with "Country" in their name felt they had to carry the funeral/memorial service. It was not their first thought on Friday. Many stations couldn't even find a Jones song in their computer system.
The very long NY Times piece and others in media trying to explain the artist's importance and legacy.
The biggest shame of the week was the lack of young artist support at the funeral. I'm not naming names, but Thompson Square was at the service and that's about it. Respect ... everyone mourns in their own way, but Brad, Kenny, Alan, Randy, Travis Tritt all knew they needed to be in or at the funeral.
Respect for someone who laid the foundation for the multi-billion dollar Country music industry ... the young artists' need good leadership that is sorely lacking on the management side. Alan Jackson cancelled two dates to be there. Alan is one of the great ones!
Country music is a great American art form. We saw that with the dozen of so artists who walked on that sacred Opry stage and sang their hearts out. It was sad that so many young singers missed such an important day at Country music school.
Much of the Country music aired now is sweet as a sugar bowl and equally fattening. There is always a place in your heart and mind for a slice of cake. But the vitamins and life sustaining proteins come from the main food groups -- Cash, Jones, Haggard, Jackson, Lynn ... Five of the main food groups you need to be Country healthy.
The George Jones funeral was seen by millions around the world on TV and Internet. I hope young Country singers and their peer groups heard the respect and love this singer got.
George Jones was never a phony. His music was always real ... fast or slow ...happy or sad ... it was real and relatable .
Candy-coated Country has its place ... Just not as the whole meal ... eat too much and your teeth fall out!
Brad Paisley suggested from the funeral stage to go to a music store or iTunes and try out some Jones. There is something for everybody.