Like a subliminal mantra, variations on the name Bill Jones reverberate through country & western music. Traces have been left here and there on the logs of recording sessions, indicating that there are pickers by this name, at least one working in bluegrass and even a "creative consultant" to various Nashville projects who likes his credits to read William D. Jones. Just plain Billy Jones may have been the brother of Al Jones, on this the Nashville-based Country Music Hall of Fame has been mum. Both Joneses were part of the inner circle of songwriters strumming their way off the porch of the Merle Kilgore estate.
For a person to have been "Old Enough to Know" seems a common concern among reflective songwriters, be they solo artists or a three-man team such as Kilgore plus Jones and Jones. Wynonna Judd obviously did them better with "Old Enough to Know Better." Many listeners would feel that the notions expressed in either song are a lot of bull, but songwriter Jones -- Bill, not Al -- was ready for the skeptical crowd with "Got the Bull By Its Horns." The song was co-written with Western swing pioneer Bill Boyd and originally recorded by Johnny Horton, who liked a lot of action on his records -- battles, bullfights, mines being dug, whatever. This bull may have eternal life: others who have covered this song include k.d. lang in 1987 and the Planet Rockers a decade later.