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Monday mp3some: Possum kingdom

February 20, 2012 - Ray Eckenrode

No, not that spooky song by The Toadies, we're talking about George Jones (aka The Possum aka "No Show" Jones), the hard-livin' country music legend who's hot and -- get this! -- hip. Last week, Jones receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, an honor that came just months after he was the subject of a Playboy magazine feature (penned by disciple Rodney Crowell). Then, there's the ultimate sign of 2012 cache: Jones recently was asked to do a theme song for "Squidbillies," the Adult Swim phenom on Cartoon Network.

Today's mp3some isn't comprised of George Jones songs, though, it's three songs by other artists that pay subtle homage to The Possum. Note: All video links can be found at right, over there ------->

“George Jones Talkin’ Cellphone Blues,” Drive-By Truckers

Sample lyric: If you don't change your ways, my friend / You'll be doing duets with Tammy again

Noteworthy: Tammy Wynette, Jones' longtime musical muse (and one of his four wives), died in 1998.

“4th of July,” Shooter Jennings

Sample lyric: Couldn't take no more of that rock n' roll / So we put on a little George Jones and just sang long"

Noteworthy: Jennings' father, Waylon, also name dropped Jones in at least one song he wrote, and also recorded a handful of duets with him.

“No Show,” Jackson Taylor and the Sinners

Sample lyric: Well I wish I woulda no show'd / Just like ol' George Jones / Yea, I wish I would have stayed home / And just drank alone."

Noteworthy: Jones wild lifestyle caused him to miss at least several hundred shows in his lifetime. One of country music's most enduring legends involves Jones driving a riding lawnmower eight miles to a liquor store in Beaumont, Texas, after his wife hid the keys to all his other vehicles. Jones says he's been sober now (at age 80) for 10 years.

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