Tennessee Whiskey

I love Chris Stapleton's version of George Jones' "Tennessee Whiskey", and I think it's hilarious when I read reviews of Chris' album saying he ripped off Etta James or whomever; sorry, this song has been around for a looonnng time.

Tennessee Whiskey is a song I've loved my whole life; it's one of my favorites. And now, I'm obsessed with Chris Stapleton's version from his new "Traveller" album. The first time I heard Chris sing was at the Ryman at an event closed to the industry (I got lucky and got tickets from my publisher).  I just fell in love with his voice and style. It's as if he takes us back in time when country still had R&B (real R&B, not the modern, country rap--or CRap--hehe) as part of the style--that's where country came from. (If you ever go through Memphis and you can only visit one place--GO. VISIT. THE. STAX. MUSEUM.)

I grew up listening to George Jones, from my neck of the woods. He was born in Saratoga, Texas, the next small town over from where I grew up and where I went to high school. Saratoga is a tiny oil boom town between Houston and Beaumont where we had to create our own entertainment on the weekends, if we didn't drive 45 minutes into Beaumont or an hour/hour-and-a-half into Houston (if we had our drivers licenses). Usually, our fun included: football on Friday nights, bonfires, four-wheeling (which is how I lost my left thumb--I'm left-handed; I'll leave that story for another time), and, yes, drinking--or drinkin'. It's no wonder George had a knack for writing and singing those kinds of songs.

Anyway, I'm on my way back to Nashville from Texas (yes, Batson and Saratoga--where George is from) and was playing Chris Stapleton's new album when "Tennessee Whiskey" boomed through my car speakers and it just took me back.  If you haven't had a chance to hear his new album, "Traveller", go buy it; it really is amazing and you'll fall in love with real country--again.

Hope you had a great time visiting family for Thanksgiving.  Wish I could've gotten to visit my family more this time 'round, but we got wherever stomach bug that was going around southeast Texas, and were out of commission for a few days--oh well, guess ya can't win 'em all.  Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels back home.

Peace and love,
Alicia
 

4 comments

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Lol, but he did take her sample. All of the older versions of the song use a different melody. His, however, is chord for chord from her. Sorry! Lol

    Lol, but he did take her sample. All of the older versions of the song use a different melody. His, however, is chord for chord from her. Sorry! Lol

  • Alicia Beale

    Alicia Beale

    I'm a huge Etta James fan. My favorite song of hers is not easily found online--ya gotta dig for it. What song did he rip off note for note?

    I'm a huge Etta James fan. My favorite song of hers is not easily found online--ya gotta dig for it. What song did he rip off note for note?

  • Jatana_L

    Jatana_L

    George Jones, song Tennessee Whiskey, was released in 1983. Etta James, song I'd Rather Go Blind, came out in 1968. They are literally cord for cord.

    George Jones, song Tennessee Whiskey, was released in 1983. Etta James, song I'd Rather Go Blind, came out in 1968. They are literally cord for cord.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Not trying to be mean or anything, but whoever wrote this, don't use google, don't read any record information and even asked a friend. Yes, Tennessee Whiskey was around in the 80s, but nobody is debating that... nobody is saying "hey he stole these LYRICS from Etta James".... the rhythm, the entire track itself is practically sampled or reconditioned... and the lyrics are sung in the same pattern. For instance, I'm a writer, and it's very easy to accidentally subconsciously write something you've heard before thinking it's your own, however, I also do it on purpose... like for instance, "Blue ain't your color".... I could write an entire song, using the same melody and though it would completely different by lyrics, it would still be in loo of that song. Just because I take, Brittney spear's "you want a piece of me" lyrics and play it on a track like Beyonce's Formation, and sing the lyrics exactly how Beyonce song Formation, doesn't mean I didn't steal anything lol. This is crazy.

    Not trying to be mean or anything, but whoever wrote this, don't use google, don't read any record information and even asked a friend. Yes, Tennessee Whiskey was around in the 80s, but nobody is debating that... nobody is saying "hey he stole these LYRICS from Etta James".... the rhythm, the entire track itself is practically sampled or reconditioned... and the lyrics are sung in the same pattern. For instance, I'm a writer, and it's very easy to accidentally subconsciously write something you've heard before thinking it's your own, however, I also do it on purpose... like for instance, "Blue ain't your color".... I could write an entire song, using the same melody and though it would completely different by lyrics, it would still be in loo of that song. Just because I take, Brittney spear's "you want a piece of me" lyrics and play it on a track like Beyonce's Formation, and sing the lyrics exactly how Beyonce song Formation, doesn't mean I didn't steal anything lol. This is crazy.

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