Kershaw gives tribute to Jones
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
– Sammy Kershaw tackles the legacy of George Jones with his tribute "Do You Know Me? A Tribute to George Jones." Kershaw, who clearly regarded Jones as an inspiration, tackles such songs as "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Walk Through This World With Me" and "Why Baby Why." Jones' daughter with Tammy Wynette, Georgette Jones, helps out on "Near You." Kershaw produced the 14 songs, which includes one Kershaw song, "The Route That I Took."
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Every male country singer worth his salt has been influenced by George Jones who died in April 2013; if not vocally, at the very least because of respect for country traditions and love of a fine song. Few, however, have the skills to sing as much like Jones as Sammy Kershaw can. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Kershaw has that whole sincerity thing down pat.
For the most part, Kershaw mainly sticks to the most familiar Jones songs. He even has the guts to cover "He Stopped ...
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After years at the top of the charts as one of the most distinct voices in country, Sammy Kershaw, like many new traditionalist of the time, fell out of favor with country radio. His new album, "Better Than I Used To Be," shows it was their loss. On his first new album in four years, Kershaw nearly lives up to the title, displaying a voice that is as strong as it has ever been.
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