Spin - 11/94, p.92
Highly Recommended - "...Whatever his secret, Jones at 63 croons with a power that mocks his past of dependence and despair. And a new generation's respect for Tony Bennett and Johnny Cash probably induced MCA to hustle the Jones legend on THE BRADLEY BARN SESSIONS..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/14/94, p.61
"This album of Jones' hits, recast in all-star duets with the man himself, reaches nearly magical proportions....Jones is all hillbilly eloquence and fun..." - Rating: B+
Personnel: George Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Mark Knopfler, Mark Chesnutt, Mac McAnally, Jerry Douglas, Leon Russell, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Alan Jackson, Keith Richards, Tammy Wynette (vocals); Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar); Brian Ahern (acoustic & electric guitars); John Jennings, James Burton, Brent Rowan (electric guitar); Randy Howard (mandolin); Tommy "Waco" Spurlock (dobro, steel guitar); John Hughey, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Glen D. Hardin (piano); Glenn Worf (acoustic bass); David Hungate (bass); Eddie Bayers, Harry Stinson (drums).
Recorded at Bradley's Barn, Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Brian Ahern.
Personnel: George Jones (vocals, guitar); Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill (vocals, acoustic guitar); Mark Knopfler (vocals, electric guitar); Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt, Tammy Wynette, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood (vocals); Brian Ahern (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mac McAnally (acoustic guitar, slide guitar); Ricky Skaggs (acoustic guitar, fiddle); Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar); Marty Stuart (electric guitar, slide guitar, mandolin); James Burton, Keith Richards, Brent Rowan (electric guitar); Paul Franklin , Tommy Spurlock, John Hughey (steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Glen D. Hardin, Leon Russell, Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Harry Stinson, Eddie Bayers (drums).
Liner Note Author: Brian Ahern.
Recording information: Bradley's Barn, Mount Juliet, TN.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Dolly Parton; Emmylou Harris; Keith Richards; Alan Jackson; Mark Chesnutt; Mark Knopfler; Ricky Skaggs; Tammy Wynette; Travis Tritt; Trisha Yearwood; Vince Gill.
Touted as the greatest country singer ever, Hall Of Famer George Jones is in his prime on this album of duets and hits. Obviously having fun with every cut, Jones sings with rockers, classic country ladies and the cream of the contemporary crop.
Marty Stuart starts the album with a spirited, honky-tonk bang ("One Woman Man"), with Jones hitting some delicious, resonant deep notes. Dolly Parton harmonizes with Trisha Yearwood and Emmylou Harris in what, for her, is the latest of many great vocal trios, joining Jones in "Where The Grass Won't Grow."
A couple of Jones' early rockabilly hits are represented here--"Why Baby Why" with Ricky Skaggs on high harmonies, and "White Lightnin'" with Mark Knopfler adding white-hot guitar and strong harmonies. Ex-wife Tammy Wynette reunites with Jones to reprise their '70s hit "Golden Ring." Mark Chesnutt trades off eerily similar vocals with Jones on "Good Ones And Bad Ones." Not surprisingly, Rolling Stone Keith Richard can easily pass for a cowboy drowning in his beer on "Say It's Not You." Vince Gill, usually known for tender ballads, rocks out with Jones on "The Love Bug," while Alan Jackson slows it down with "A Good Year For The Roses."
After years of alcohol abuse, stormy marriages and health problems, Jones is currently in his prime, and with THE BRADLEY BARN SESSIONS his fans may celebrate forty years of legendary musicianship.