Jelly Roll Honors George Jones With Cover Of “Bartender Blues” At “Still Playin’ Possum” Tribute

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Aaron Ryan for Whiskey Riff

Last night was the very highly anticipated George Jones tribute show, and it did not disappoint.

The show was titled Still Playin’ Possum: Music & Memories of George Jones and was graced with an all-star country music lineup. Who all played there last night you ask? The better question is who didn’t.

The George Jones tribute had a jam-packed lineup consisting of Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Lorrie Morgan, Mark Chesnutt, Michael Ray, Sam Moore, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins, Tracy Byrd, Travis Tritt, Wynonna Judd, Aaron Lewis, Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke, Dillon Carmichael, Gretchen Wilson, Joe Nichols, Randy Travis, and Sara Evans.

Jelly Roll, Riley Green, The Oak Ridge Boys, Janie Fricke, Uncle Kracker, and The Isaacs were late additions to the show, but good thing Jelly Roll joined up because he absolutely killed his cover of the 1978 classic “Bartender Blues.”

Written by James Taylor, it was first released on his 1977 album JT, and then released by Jones the following year on his album of the same name.

Upon it’s original release, the song charted as high as number six on the country charts and remained on the Billboard list for fourteen weeks.

Jelly Roll has burst onto the music scene in recent years, being categorized as a multitalented singer, songwriter, musician, and rapper. The artist is most prominently known in the country music industry for his song “Son Of A Sinner,” for which he won three CMT Music Awards earlier this year.

Jelly Roll stepped onto the stage at Still Playin’ Possum and delivered a solid performance of one of Jones’ greatest hits. The crowd joins in the iconic chorus of “Bartender Blues:”

“But I got four walls around me, to hold my life
To keep me from going astray
And a honky tonk angel, to hold me tight
To keep me from slipping away

Well I can light up your smokes
I can laugh at your jokes
I can watch you fall down on your knees
I can close down this bar
Oh and gas up my car
And I can pack up and mail in my keys…”

Check it out:

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