- Released: October 24, 2006
- Label: Bandit Records
No Depression - p.84
"The voices are more weathered, a result of decades of hard living combined with the passage of time. Their spirits, however, remain as youthful, ornery and heartbreakingly honest as the day their first singles hit radio."
- 2.The Race Is On
- 3.The Way I Am
- 4.She Thinks I Still Care
- 5.All My Friends Are Strangers
- 6.Things Have Gone to Pieces
- 7.I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink
- 8.Born with the Blues
- 9.Sick, Sober & Sorry
- 10.I Always Get Lucky with You
- 11.Sing Me Back Home
- 12.The Window Up Above
- 13.You Take Me for Granted
- 14.Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Personnel: Norman Stevens, Merle Haggard, Scott Joss (guitar); Brent Mason (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bruce Watkins (acoustic guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Larry Franklin (fiddle); Doug Colosio (piano); Eddie Bayers (drums); John Wesley Ryles, Rhonda Vincent, Liana Manis, Marty Slayton (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Kelton.
Recording information: Starstruck Studios; Tally Studios; The Sound Station; Wedgewood Sound, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Nancy Jones; Matt Lumpkin; Jerry Jordan.
Issued in late 2006, KICKIN' OUT THE FOOTLIGHTS...AGAIN reunites old friends and fellow country legends George Jones and Merle Haggard, who previously collaborated on 1982's A TASTE OF YESTERDAY'S WINE. Many of the tracks consist of one performer covering the other, with standouts being Jones's beautifully weary take on "Footlights" and Haggard's surprisingly lively version of "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink." Fans of both iconic, grizzled artists will especially enjoy their duets, most notably the playful, yet forlorn "All My Friends Are Strangers." Although both Jones and Haggard's voices are a little worse for the wear, this quality lends gravitas to their thoughtful performances, making FOOTLIGHTS a worthy addition to each singer's catalogue.