In spite of the fact that I was a kid when the British groups invaded America in the early to mid sixties, one of the first musical styles I was aware of was country. My dad was a short haul trucker, and country seemed to be his music of choice.
Back then, country was country, not pop music sung with a southern accent. Musicians could be instantly identified by unique voices and distinctive playing styles. The lyrics were both easy to hear and easy to identify with. Home, God and Country were major themes.
Traditional country music lost a legend today. George Jones has passed away.
In spite of a history of alcohol and drug abuse, a string of marriages and a life of trouble, he leaves an incredible legacy spanning fifty years of hits. One of my favorites is the haunting Grammy winning "Choices" from 1999.
We'll miss you, Possum.