Tonight I raise a glass of Maker's Mark to one of country and western's greatest singers and songwriters. George Jones died today at the age of 81. I have to commend him for his longevity.
I remember first hearing the song "White Lightning" in a pickup truck in the middle of a cow pasture with my grandfather on his farm in southern Oklahoma. I couldn't have been older than ten at the time. That song was burned into my head and it was my favorite country and western song from then until this day. But it wasn't until my early thirties that I realized it was written and performed by none other than George Jones.