Picks and Pans Review: My Very Special Guests
One charming quality of country music is the camaraderie among performers, and Jones exploits it here, as Ernest Tubb did a few months ago, with an album of guest appearances. Some of Jones' tunes (like all of ET's) are duets only technically: Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a couple of the Staples recorded their tracks separately, and George dubbed over them. But there are real collaborations with Waylon Jennings on Night Life, Willie Nelson on I Gotta Get Drunk, Johnny Paycheck, Dr. Hook and Elvis Costello. Ex-wife Tammy Wynette—who has written that Jones once chased her with a loaded .30-.30 rifle saying, "You may run out on me, baby, but you won't run out on this"—gamely showed up, too, to join George in It Sure Was Good. There are no hard feelings—the song was co-written by George Richey, Wynette's current husband.