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God's Country: George Jones and Friends

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Contrary to the title of this 2006 album, God's Country is certainly not a gospel album; any album that boasts two songs celebrating the joys of liquor ("White Lightning" and "Beer Run") could not be considered gospel. Contrary to the artist credit, God's Country is not a duets album between George Jones and a bunch of very special guests. The Possum only sings on two of the ten tracks on this set -- the previously released Garth Brooks duet "Beer Run," plus the swaggering title track, a new recording that's an infectious pro-America anthem, not a gospel tune. The rest of the record finds a variety of Nashville veterans covering some of George's greatest hits. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Contrary to the title of this 2006 album, God's Country is certainly not a gospel album; any album that boasts two songs celebrating the joys of liquor ("White Lightning" and "Beer Run") could not be considered gospel. Contrary to the artist credit, God's Country is not a duets album between George Jones and a bunch of very special guests. The Possum only sings on two of the ten tracks on this set -- the previously released Garth Brooks duet "Beer Run," plus the swaggering title track, a new recording that's an infectious pro-America anthem, not a gospel tune. The rest of the record finds a variety of Nashville veterans covering some of George's greatest hits. There are no great surprises in terms of song selection -- "She Thinks I Still Care," "White Lightning," and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" are all here -- and the arrangements are faithful as well, as are most of the performances. Some of the cover versions are better than others -- Vince Gill pours his heart into "She Thinks I Still Care," Tanya Tucker invests "The Window Up Above" with her maverick strut -- and some fall a bit flat (Sammy Kershaw's "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is too mannered and affected), but at no point is God's Country unlistenable. It's professional and respectful, at times spirited, yet it's hard to tell for whom exactly this album is intended: it's billed as a George Jones release, yet he barely shows up here, which means it will not satisfy his fans, nor is this quite a tribute album designed to introduce his music to new listeners via interpretations by today's stars (after all, the singers on this record aren't exactly burning up the charts today). So, God's Country doesn't seem to fall into any specific niche -- but for those who do stumble upon the record, they'll find some good music here, along with some competent but not compelling readings of some of George's biggest hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2013
  • Label: Red River Entertaint
  • UPC: 819376055725
  • Catalog Number: 57
  • Sales rank: 41,120

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God's Country - George Jones (2:58)
  2. 2 She Thinks I Still Care - Vince Gill (3:02)
  3. 3 Walk Through This World With Me - Mark Chesnutt (2:53)
  4. 4 Window Up Above - Tanya Tucker (4:04)
  5. 5 Take Me - Pam Tillis (3:22)
  6. 6 White Lightning - Joe Diffie (2:42)
  7. 7 He Stopped Loving Her Today - Sammy Kershaw (3:18)
  8. 8 Beer Run - Shonna Faegan (2:29)
  9. 9 Golden Rings/We're Gonna Hold On - Earl Montgomery (4:38)
  10. 10 The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) - Tracy Lawrence (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Untitled]
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
George Jones Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
Bob Bullock Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Curly Putman Composer
Allen Reynolds Producer
J.P. Richardson Composer
Sandra Simmons Composer
Rafe Van Hoy Composer
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Producer
George Ducas Composer
Mark Miller Engineer
Neal Coty Composer
Gary Gentry Composer
Kim Williams Composer
Kent Blazy Composer
Kay Savage Composer
Amanda Williams Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Jimmy Melton Composer
Dickie Lee Composer
Jon Michael Henderson Composer
Ray Termini Producer
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