The big news around Music City recently was how a couple of the Jones Boys, after more than two decades of service, got fired because they wouldn’t sign a confidentiality agreement. Yeah, it happens all the time, sidemen getting screwed around, but this is kind of an interesting story.
Makes you wonder what George Jones has to hide, and who was really behind this. His wife? His handlers? His lawyers? Some unknown and mysterious business partners? Was there some financial venture that went awry and needed to be covered up? It also might make you wonder how and why anyone, even Jones, could make such a dumb-ass move. I mean, damn, what more incentive would someone need to spill the
coke beans to the Enquirer or whoever else might care about what the Possum has really been up to all these years? Idle speculation certainly, but such questionable behavior encourages armchair conjecture.
I never worked for him, but I’ve been on package shows with him and seen him at the old Hall of Fame in Nashville and I’ve known plenty of guys who have worked for him who could tell you some really odious stories, and he’s really just a dim-witted redneck who happened to have a lot of talent. He can’t even remember the names of some of the musicians who’ve worked for him for years. He sings great, or used to, but I”m not a fan and I’ve never liked his records. He had some good country songs, but the arrangements and producing never did much for me. I’ve spent many, many hours learning licks off records by Price, Tubb, Owens and some of the other singers who inspired me to be a steel guitar player, but I can’t think of one lick I ever learned off a George Jones record. I did, however, cop a nice lick from Tom Killen that I heard him play on a show at Jones’s country park in Colmsneil when I was there with Faron.
Well, I’m sure the ousted musicians will land on their feet. They might have been a little tired of Jones anyway, after all those years. You can read Kent Goodson’s statement at Kent Goodson Music.