On 1995's HANK BY GEORGE, George Jones dips into the songbook of the great Hank Williams, one of his early inspirations. Early on in his career, Jones imitated the singing style of his idols, people like Williams and Lefty Frizzell, but he eventually made a conscious choice to forge his own signature vocal style. Nevertheless, Williams had a lasting impact on Jones' development as a singer, and as he returns to sing these Williams gems, Jones treats them with the reverence they deserve.
These songs will be familiar to anyone with even a smattering of country music knowledge, and the pairing of such classic material with one of the greatest of all country singers could hardly disappoint. Jones sings with his characteristic nuances, rendering such classics as "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)," "Cold Cold Heart" and "You Win Again" in a manner that is faithful to the originals, yet distinctively George Jones. The modern production values and fuller instrumentation add an additional dimension to these familiar melodies.