Losing the King of Broken Hearts

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.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.