Sings George Jones

Sings George Jones

by Don Rich
     
 

Sometime during the height of Buck Owens' Hee Haw-fueled popularity, somebody decided it was a good idea to have Buck's lieutenant Don Rich record his own solo album. And so somebody -- probably Buck, as he was always the one running the show -- decided that Rich should step up to the mike and record a set of George Jones covers. And so during July 1970, BuckSee more details below

Overview

Sometime during the height of Buck Owens' Hee Haw-fueled popularity, somebody decided it was a good idea to have Buck's lieutenant Don Rich record his own solo album. And so somebody -- probably Buck, as he was always the one running the show -- decided that Rich should step up to the mike and record a set of George Jones covers. And so during July 1970, Buck produced Rich as he led the Buckaroos through ten Jones songs, playing such hits as "The Race Is On," "The Window Up Above," "White Lightning," "She Thinks I Still Care," and "Love Bug," Rich singing and playing acoustic, then laying down overdubs of electrics and fiddles afterwards. The results are none too surprising: it sounds like the Buck albums of 1970, or the instrumental Buckaroos albums from around the same time, only with the amiable Rich singing the melodies. As a lead singer, Rich may not be especially compelling -- a distinction made clear by the presence of four bonus tracks at the end of the much-belated 2013 release of Don Rich Sings George Jones; here, Buck takes the lead on four tracks from the same Hee Haw sessions as Omnivore's simultaneously released Honky Tonk Man collection and he's dynamic, charismatic, and funny, traits Don doesn't have on his own -- but he is good-hearted and sweet, a relaxed frontman who is ingratiating. Most of the album is devoted to songs that are slightly slower than "The Race Is On," so there aren't so many showcases for Rich's lightning-quick guitar leads, but the album remains a testament to the versatility and easy virtuosity of Rich and the Buckaroos, and is very easy to enjoy. As for why this wasn't released until 2013, who knows? The most likely scenario is that Rich's lack of star presence as a singer kept the album from release in 1970, and then nobody bothered to trawl through Owens' vaults. But now that it's been discovered, it's nice to have it available because it, like the accompanying Honky Tonk Man, proves that it's always fun to hear a crack band play at the peak of their powers, no matter who is standing behind the mike.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2013
Label:
Omnivore Recordings
UPC:
0816651012992
catalogNumber:
101299
Rank:
76736

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Rich   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Buck Owens   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Brightman   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Shaw   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,farfisa organ
Doyle Curtsinger   Bass,Background Vocals
Jerry Wiggins   Drums
Jana Jae   Fiddle
Buddy Alan Owens   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Ronnie Jackson   Banjo
Terry Christofferson   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Sonny James   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Buck Owens   Producer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Jack Clement   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Lee Furr   Engineer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Don Rollins   Composer
Curtis Wayne   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Randy Poe   Liner Notes
Patrick Milligan   Producer
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Kay Savage   Composer
Sandra Seamons   Composer
Bryan George   Licensing
Reuben Cohen   Mastering

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