George Jones both wrote and recorded "The Race Is On". It was the first single released off of his album of the same title in 1964. It reached the #3 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1965. "Bartender's Blues" was originally written by James Taylor and released on his 1977 album, JT. Jones covered it in 1978 on his album, also of the same title. His rendition of the James Taylor song hit the #6 spot on the Billboard Country Singles chart, beating out Taylor's original version which peaked at #88.
Both of these songs talk about relationships. "The Race Is On" tells the story of heartache using horse racing as a metaphor. "Bartender's Blues" talks about a man who hates his bartending job, but at least he's got his "honky tonk angel" to hold him tight and keep him from going astray.
The following performance is absolutely fantastic. Jones' performance of "The Race Is On" is high energy and so fun to watch and listen to. "Bartender's Blues" is just as good. Definitely don't miss out on this one - check it out!
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