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Vern Gosdin and Emmylou Harris- "Hanging On"- He Had That George Jones Plea In His Voice and She Engaged Territory Reserved Only For Blessed Serenaders - They Recorded on Two Occasions, Vocalizing Divinely Within the Now Desolate Romantic C&W Tradition

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Emmylou Harris and Jack Ingram on the 2009 passing of Vern Gosdin: Emmylou Harris, to The Tennessean: “They called him ‘The Voice,’ and they didn’t call him that for nothing. He had such restraint, and restraint intensifies emotion. He trusted the song and the melody. People don’t realize how difficult it is to put across a country song with a complete economy of notes and phrasing. Vern did that as well as anyone.” Jack Ingram: “You can’t go into a bar room that plays real country music without hearing Vern Gosdin. ‘Chiseled In Stone’ is as sad a country song as ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’ and ‘Set’Em Up, Joe’ is a call to anyone who’s ever had a reason to be in a bar like that to begin with. Vern Gosdin’s voice was truth.”


By Rich Buckland 04/15/2014 05:57 PM

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