George Jones' "Amazing Grace" Out September 10
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:08:43
Bandit Records will proudly release George Jones – Amazing Grace on September 10, two days before what would have been Jones' 82nd birthday. Jones, a partner in Bandit Records, recorded the gospel songs with producer Billy Sherrill in 2002 with the exception of one track, "Great Judgment Morning," which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994.
So while The Possum is no longer with us, his legacy and his spirit, and his song, remain.
The Billy Sherrill songs represent the final sessions between Jones and Sherrill. Sherrill had retired and was not interested in going back into the studio. Jones was persistent in trying to get Sherrill to do one last project and they finally agreed to do a Gospel Collection. It also marked the first time that Jones' had actually recorded an entire Gospel project and not just isolated songs tacked onto the end of secular sessions.
"Great Judgment Morning" was one of those songs tacked onto the end of his Bradley Barn recording sessions. Assembled that day were friends such as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith who all added their vocal interpretations of that classic gospel favorite.
Jones passed away on April 26, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. Amazing Grace had already been planned and blessed by Jones before his passing. Gospel music had always brought peace and calm to Jones throughout his turbulent life. He was reverential in his approach to singing sacred songs and didn't believe vocal theatrics should be involved.
His eloquent and moving rendition of "Amazing Grace" was used during the video/ bio segment of his Kennedy Center Honors Induction in 2008 and resulted in hundreds of calls asking for the recording. The record has not been in the marketplace since 2005.
What is your favorite George Jones track? Do you have a favorite or preferred rendition of "Amazing Grace," the song?