I don’t usually make anything other than passing mention of the death of musical figures, but this one really hurts, per this Tweet from our friend Kathleen Geier:

George Jones, RIP. As a singer, he was, except for Hank Williams, country music’s greatest. More when I blog this w/e

I do look forward to what Kathleen has to say about the Possum at PA this weekend, but for the moment, this is how I feel about the loss of the man whose music so perfectly expressed the shattered dreams of southern white folk:

Gram Parsons called Jones “the king of broken hearts.” Mine is broken by his passing.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.