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Unreleased duets coming from George Jones

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 – "George Jones: Burn Your Playhouse Down, the unreleased duets," a collection of never before heard duets between Jones and guests like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Keith Richards, drops on Aug. 19 through Bandit Records. The recordings range from the mid-70s with his ex-wife, the Tammy Wynette to the most recent recording from 2007 with his daughter, Georgette, the only child from the union of George and Tammy.

Seven of the recordings are extra songs, not included in "The Bradley Barn Sessions" that MCA Records released in 1994. Produced by Brian Ahern, the Bradley Barn recordings brought together musicians and singers from both the country and rock world. Recorded during the worst ice storm in Tennessee history, the 1993 sessions, which took place over the course of several weeks, brought together Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Leon Russell and Marty Stuart as the studio band along with Keith Richards, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris.

The top session players in Nashville - Eddie Bayers, Mac McAnally, Jerry Douglas, Glenn Worf, Brent Rowan, Glen D. Hardin, John Jennings, Harry Stinson, Richard Bennett and otherse made the icy trek every day to Mt. Juliet, about 30 miles outside of Nashville. Ahern produced the classic Jones hits as an acoustic project to give the songs a different feel than the originals.

Te extra songs are: the title track with Richards; "Window Up Above" with Russell; "Selfishness in Man" with Gill, "She Once Lived Here" with Skaggs, "I Always Get Lucky With You" with Knopfler; "You're Still on My Mind" with Stuart and "When the Grass Grows Over Me" with Mark Chesnutt.

Three duets included are songs not used from the "Friends In High Places" album sessions that Epic Records released in 1991. Produced by Billy Sherrill, the album contained duets recorded in 1988 and 1991. That album suffered from lack of attention as it was Jones' final album for Epic Records, and the duets were later added to the re-release of Jones' 1979 "My Very Special Guests." The three duets are "I Always Get It Right With You" with Shelby Lynne; "Tavern Choir" with Jim Lauderdale and "Rockin' Years" with Dolly Parton. She recorded "Rockin' Years" later in 1991 with Ricky Van Shelton.

The final two duets are a family affair. With cooperation from Sony/BMG, the Epic vaults were combed and an unreleased duet was found between Jones and Wynette. "Lovin' You, Lovin' Me" was recorded in November 1977. "You And Me And Time" pairs Jones with his daughter, Georgette Jones. She co-wrote the song that chronicles the alienation she often experienced from her famous dad. The song was produced by Keith Stegall in 2007.

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