Bradley Barn Sessions
Get Bradley Barn Sessions essential facts below. View Videos or join the Bradley Barn Sessions discussion. Add Bradley Barn Sessions to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Bradley Barn Sessions
The Bradley Barn Sessions
Georgejones&friends.jpg
Studio album by George Jones
ReleasedOctober 11, 1994
GenreCountry
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerBrian Ahern
George Jones chronology
High-Tech Redneck
(1993)
The Bradley Barn Sessions
(1994)
George and Tammy Super Hits
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link

The Bradley Barn Sessions is a duet album released in 1994 by American country music artist George Jones.

Recording

The concept behind The Bradley Barn Sessions was to place Jones in the hands of traditionalist country producer Brian Ahern, record at Owen Bradley's legendary studios, compile a selection of the singer's greatest hits, and have him sing duets with not just some of the biggest names in country but also pop music as well. Although the album - Jones fourth for MCA - did not break the top twenty on Billboards country albums chart, peaking at 23, it features the first recorded duet between the singer and his ex-wife Tammy Wynette since their 1981 LP Together Again. The only single release from the album was "A Good Year For The Roses", a collaboration with Alan Jackson. As Jones noted in his autobiography two years later, "After the duets album was released, radio didn't know what to do with it...Alan was white-hot on the radio, and programmers wanted his voice. But some didn't want his if they had to take mine. The vast majority of Alan's other single records have gone to number one. His duet with me was his first not to crack the top 50." It actually peaked at number 57. In June 1995, the song won the Music City News Country Awards "Vocal Collaboration of the Year".

In addition to a who's who of past and present country stars, the album boasted two significant contributors from outside the country music field. The first was Mark Knopfler, primarily known as leader and guitarist for the rock band Dire Straits. A big country fan who had recorded an album with Chet Atkins in 1990, Knopfler played guitar and sang background on a remake of Jones's first number one country hit from 1959, "White Lightning", and can be heard laughing as Jones hams it up on the vocal. The other rock musician who sang with Jones was Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones on "Say It's Not You", which originally appeared on Jones's 1967 album If My Heart Had Windows. In a 2004 interview that was posted on his website, Richards said of the meeting, "That was a great experience...To sing with George - and get away with it! - was amazing. What a possum." In a 1996 Rolling Stone interview Jones confessed to Chuck Dean, "I'll be honest with you: I love Keith Richards more than anything as a person. He's a character - just fun to be around." An hour-long documentary-style special was filmed in late 1994 to promote the duet album. It aired in 1995 on The Nashville Network. Among the guests were the duet partners, Tony Brown, Brian Ahern, and Owen Bradley.

Several unreleased tracks recorded during this album's sessions were later included on Jones' 2008 duets album Burn Your Playhouse Down.

Reception

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic calls The Bradley Barn Sessions "a stilted, nearly lifeless album. The production is too clean and polished, lacking any of the grit of true honky tonk records. Furthermore, songs like "A Good Year for the Roses" suffer from the stringless, stripped-down arrangements.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Duet partner(s)Length
1."One Woman Man"Tillman Franks, Johnny HortonMarty Stuart2:50
2."Good Year for the Roses"Jerry ChesnutAlan Jackson3:38
3."Why Baby Why"George Jones, Darrell EdwardsRicky Skaggs2:32
4."Golden Ring"Bobby Braddock, Rafe VanHoyTammy Wynette3:05
5."Say It's Not You"Dallas FrazierKeith Richards2:59
6."Love Bug"Wayne Kemp, Curtis WayneVince Gill2:27
7."Where Grass Won't Grow"Earl MontgomeryTrisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton3:52
8."The Race Is On"Jones, Don RollinsTravis Tritt2:29
9."Bartender Blues"James TaylorTrisha Yearwood3:54
10."White Lightning"J.P. RichardsonMark Knopfler3:31
11."Good Ones and Bad Ones"Joe Chambers, Larry JenkinsMark Chesnutt3:08

Personnel

Chart performance

Album

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 23
U.S. Billboard 200 142
Canadian RPM Country Albums 11

Singles

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
1994 "Good Year for the Roses" 56 65

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Bradley_Barn_Sessions
 



 



 
Music Scenes