Originally Posted by durl
This morning when I heard of his passing, it seemed like Nashville should shut down for the rest of the day out of respect. It's a sad day for country music.
I remember that Waylon Jennings passed away shortly after we moved here. The local country stations pretty much shut down normal programming that night and the next morning and just told stories and played old songs. Not sure if that happened this time but I wouldn't be surprised. And this morning's Tennessean had four pages plus the full 1A front devoted to Jones.
There are a lot of things to complain about with respect to modern newspapers (especially the chain-owned, and there aren't many left that aren't), but this is one thing the Tennessean does well -- pay respect to the industry giants who pass on.
Having said that, I'm not going to pretend I was the world's biggest George Jones fan. I tend to gravitate toward feel-better music and away from the melancholy, which was his bread and butter. But I certainly respect the talent, and "White Lightning" never fails to put a smile on my face.