Country Church Time

by: George Jones

The themes in George Jones' 1959 Country Church Time are often religious in nature. Certainly you don't have to go far to find the religious references in songs with titles like "Jesus Wants Me," "Take the Devil Out of Me," and "My Lord Has Called Me." The most familiar of these to rock & roll-grounded listeners might be "We'll Understand It," covered by the Byrds as "Farther Along" in the early '70s. But if the lyrical scope is more limited than Jones' usual early efforts, sonically it's well in line with his approach as he started to reach his honky tonk prime, and anyone who likes late-'50s Jones should enjoy the plaintive performances here. ~ Richie Unterberger

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