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Do You Know Me?: A Tribute to George Jones by Sammy Kershaw

Grade: B+

There are two schools of thought when it comes to making tribute albums: stay as true to the originals as possible or be as completely different as possible. But as George Jones said, “There’s nothing better once you’ve had the best.” 

So props to Sammy Kershaw, who recorded Do You Know Me?: A Tribute to George Jones with a truckload of respect to the originals, even though he didn’t shy away from George’s signature hits.

Sammy’s versions of “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” “White Lightning,” “The Race Is On” and “Why Baby Why” are reminiscent of the originals, but showcase Sammy’s uniquely pure voice.

Others like “The Grand Tour,” “She Thinks I Still Care” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” are so close to George’s renditions that you’ll be searching for Sammy’s signature Louisiana drawl. 

The addition of old-school arrangements and vocalists are a charming touch, nodding to the originals, and Sammy’s duet with Georgette Jones on “Near You” is stunning.

All of this adds up to make us hungry for a new Sammy Kershaw album of originals.

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