Georgette Jones – Slightly Used Woman

Georgette Jones knows country music. She was already performing at the age of three on stage with both of her parents, legendary country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Loving music but also seeing the tumultuous side, with the effects on a family as well as unwanted publicity, Georgette opted to raise her kids (twin boys) out of the spotlight and went to work as a registered nurse. But the call of music would not be denied, and once her kids reached the age of 17, the inevitable happened. Georgette began to mark her place in her family legacy.

Teaming up with Heart of Texas Records to release the album A Slightly Used Woman, Georgette manages to pay homage to parents while displaying her own unique vocal style – a combination of pureness, vulnerability and sweetness.

All of the arrangements are tasteful and roots-oriented in nature. In a beautiful  ballad duet with her father, “You and Me and Time,” a song she co-write in honor of their relationship, the listener is treated to a true display of honesty and forgiveness delivered in a harmony only those related by blood can produce. Despite the missed birthdays and years of misunderstandings of what was a distant relationship, the two find themselves together in a place of love and acceptance…“it only took the three of us, you and me and time.”   A cover of her father’s famous hit,”The Race Is On,” is a completely different take on the song – much more gentle and carries a silent desperation reminiscent of her mother’s lilt.

The title track, “Slightly Used Woman,” is a song written by her mother that was never really released. It’s a heartbreaker, and Georgette delivers it flawlessly, as well as a tender cover of  “I Don’t Wanna Play House.” There are more lovely tributes to her mother’s music (who passed in 1998)  in “I Still Believe In Fairy Tales” and “Send Me No Roses,” and especially poignant is the standout track Georgette wrote for her mother, expressing her love and gratitude in  “I Hope You Knew.” A wonderful addition to this collection of songs,  is Georgette’s original  “Leaving Yesterday,” a good-bye song delivered with grace and style.

If you love real country music, it doesn’t get more real than this. This is a CD from a woman who has known the deepest of heartaches, yet manages to convey strength, hope and honor in her music. That is the true country way.


-Michael Ross

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