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Perhaps one of Sammy Kershaw‘s greatest influences, both on and off the stage, George Jones help establish the foundation of Kershaw’s career back in the good ole’ days when Kershaw was just his opening act. Throughout the years to come, Jones and Kershaw would form an everlasting friendship and even collaborate in the musical realm. Sadly, Jones passed away in April of 2013, leaving Kershaw with mere memories of the man who helped shape his career.
This prompted Kershaw to create an original tribute to the legend, titling the emotional dedication “The Route That I Took”. The song, possibly told from Jone’s former perspective, tells of both good and bad decisions throughout a glamorous lifetime. Through the lyrics, Kershaw admits he is unsure if he would change the choices he’s made if given the opportunity. His powerful chorus sings,
“But the lines on my face
Ain’t the miles that you see
It’s just the route that I took.”
The nostalgic music video that encompasses the tune is complete with various footage of Jones, in glorious, memorable shots followed some not so proud moments.
This song enticed both fans of Jones and Kershaw in light of not only ro reminisce of a country music great, but how strikingly similar Kershaw’s voice is to Jones’. It’s as if the icon is still singing his honky tonk heart out!
Check out the emotional tribute below!
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