Kickin' Out The Footlights...
Jones Sings Haggard, Haggard Sings Jones
Album Review By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
promo blurb for Kickin' Out the Footlights...Again! says
"Two Icons - One Legendary Album" (fourteen new
recordings). Webster's dictionary defines an icon as "An
important and enduring symbol. One who is the object of great
attention and devotion." That is most definitely an
accurate description of Merle Haggard and George Jones.
the liner notes, Haggard and Jones first met at KUZZ radio
station in Bakersfield, California in 1962 when both arrived
at the station to play their new singles. For those of you
that aren't too quick with the math, that was 44 years ago.
Haggard says that Jones "was already a star. I was just
starting out and in awe of being in the room with him. He was
my hero." Jones says of that encounter, "...boy
could he sing and write. No one has come along since then that
is any better than Merle Haggard. He is my favorite
genuine friendship grew from that meeting and they have shared
the stage, and delighted audiences, many times over the course
of their careers since then but it has been twenty-five years
since they have been in a studio together. In 1981, much to
the delight of country music fans everywhere, they recorded
"Yesterday's Wine," an album of ten songs that
begged for an encore and although it took a quarter of a
century to get one; I guarantee that it was worth the wait.
On this album
they take turns singing each others hits and they throw in
four duets, including the title cut, which was written by
Haggard. What you get is classic country in its purest, most
enjoyable, form. The liner notes refer to them as two of the
architects of the country music sound. I would certainly agree
with that but I would probably want to make note of the fact
that they are also two of the most unique voices in country
music and when you put them together, the end result is
enjoyment at its ultimate best but still in its purest form.
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1. Footlights - Merle Haggard, , George Jones
2. Race Is On - Merle Haggard
3. Way I Am - George Jones
4. She Thinks I Still Care - Merle Haggard
5. All My Friends Are Strangers - George Jones
6. Things Have Gone to Pieces - Merle Haggard
7. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink - George Jones
8. Born with the Blues - Merle Haggard, , George Jones
9. Sick, Sober & Sorry - Merle Haggard, , George Jones
10. I Always Get Lucky with You - Merle Haggard
11. Sing Me Back Home - George Jones
12. Window Up Above - Merle Haggard
13. You Take Me for Granted - George Jones
14. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Merle Haggard, George Jones
Haggard Official Website
Jones Official Website
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