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article imageReview: Randy Travis and Joe Nichols pay moving tribute to George Jones

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 13, 2013 in Entertainment
Warner Music Nashville recording artist Randy Travis recorded a new duet “Tonight I’m Playing Possum” with fellow country singer Joe Nichols, in an effort to pay tribute to the late “King of Country” George Jones.
The song was written by Keith Gattis and it is expected to appear on Randy’s new studio album, which will come out in the fall of 2013.
It makes allusions to such beloved George Jones classics as “Still Doing Time,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Bartender’s Blues,” “Why Baby Why,” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.”
Randy debuted this song last week at the CMA Music Festival as part of a “Remembering George Jones panel session,” which included Jones’ widow, Nancy Jones. It was well-received and garnered a standing ovation from hundreds of fans, and rightfully so.
The Verdict
Randy Travis and Joe Nichols’ “Tonight I’m Playing Possum” is stellar from start to finish. Both traditionalists have hit a grand slam with this tune. It is heartfelt, nostalgic, raw, and a traditional country collaboration. Joe Nichols’ tender, baritone vocals help elevate it to a higher level.
It certainly deserves to be nominated for a Country Music Association (CMA) award for “Vocal Event of the Year,” since it is the best duet recorded in the country genre of music this year. George Jones would be proud of Randy and Joe's bravura performance and it will definitely strike a chord in the hearts of traditional country music fans. It garners an “A+” rating.
For more information on Randy Travis and his new song “Tonight I’m Playing Possum,” visit his official website.
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