This is a peculiar project. The title suggests that it's the latest collection of traditional spirituals done country style (Alan Jackson, what hath thou wrought?), which it isn't. The artists' credit of "George Jones and Friends" suggests that it's another tribute in which the master and acolytes collaborate on duets, which they don't. Actually, the spirited "Beer Run" features Jones and Garth Brooks trading verses, but the title cut, which Jones sings himself, represents his only other appearance here. The rest features artists who are mainly past their commercial prime singing songs that Jones made his own. The best performances are by those who know they can't sound like Jones and don't try, like Vince Gill's luminous "She Thinks I Still Care" and Pam Tillis's tender reading of "Take Me." Much of the rest sounds like George Jones Karaoke Night, with Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, and Sammy Kershaw all taking their best shots. It should be against the law for anyone but Jones to sing "He Stopped Loving Her Today"; Kershaw's tortured rendition sounds like he's still shaking off the dentist's Novocain. --Don McLeese
"God's Country" is the first brand new song recorded by George Jones in years. George Jones has just turned 75 years young and many of George's friends who are also country music's biggest stars have gathered to celebrate this milestone for this living country legend. Stars like Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, Tanya Tucker and more all on one great album singing the biggest hits from Jone's 50 year career in country music. Category 5 Records has also produced a Documentary DVD of the 'behind the scenes' making of the album which is included in the same package with the CD. a MUST have for any George Jones and country music fan.