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Trying to get the feel of a classic country tune ain’t no joke….

We play a lot of cover songs. It has actually helped me to not even listen to the original and just figure it out for myself. Sometimes, of course, I like our version better, sometimes not. Recently we decided to cover George Jones’ “He stopped loving her Today“. I stumbled across this fairly recent video of him performing the tune at the Grand Ole Opry. Two verses in the key of G, then he moves his capo up a half step to G #. It kills me when at the end, his voice cracks on a note, and then he apologizes to the audience for not doing it like he used to could. But I think it’s really sweet. I get the same feeling I do when I listen to the last Johnny Cash recordings. Just a lifetime of sweetness in a true professionals voice. Just tons deeper.

Check it out if you want or haven’t heard this version before, and try not to cry too, too much. I apologize in advance that there is an ad before George comes up, but I think you can skip it in a couple of seconds.

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I spent the weekend at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park and experienced a large dose of country music history

I met Jim McCoy back in February 2013, when friends of mine brought me to the Troubadour Lounge and Park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Once inside, I realized it was a honky tonk, and I asked a server how my own honky tonk band could get to play there. He said I needed to talk to the owner, so I waited. About 15 minutes later, an older gentleman in his 80s wearing a baseball cap shuffled over and called me “Baby”. He pulled out his calendar organizer and gave me a prospective date after asking just a couple of questions about what songs we play. We exchanged information on a napkin. Of course after a couple of Jim Beams and Yuenglings, I left the napkin on the bar when I left. When I got back from the trip I found the Troubadour Lounge and Park’s website and sent an email through there to see if we could still book that date. I got an email back saying Jim McCoy would call me. He did a day or two later, on a Wednesday at 11am. Again he called me “baby”. He asked “are we doing this?” He also told me that he was at his doctor’s earlier in the week, and that the doctor grew up with The Colonel, our singer. Due to that he was very excited to have us come play and he was going to advertise heavily. I did not realize at the time that Jim McCoy was the DJ who gave Patsy Cline a shot on the radio, when she was still known as Virginia Hensley. I also did not know that he was as respected as a country music personality and songwriter as he is and has had such an interesting history. Our first show was in May, and Jim and the Dr. Matt turned it into a birthday party with belly dancers and special sets performing Jim’s music with Dr. Matt singing, and we had the time of our life. We were there again this past weekend to play both inside the club on Saturday, and in the Park out back for a Patsy Cline and George Jones Tribute. All I can say is that I wish I met him sooner. He is now 84, and starting to suffer from some serious health problems. Since I was there again this weekend I haven’t been able to stop thinking about him and his wife Bertha and their lives and all they have done for music over the past 50 or more years. I am going to start calling him weekly to check up on him.

Here is a video of him performing one of his own songs “She’s the Best” a couple of years ago on his 81st birthday, and as he says at the beginning of the video, he gets funkier every year.

We had the fortune of playing this tune both times we were at the Troubadour.

God bless you Jim and Bertha!

My First Night at The Troubadour Lounge and Park Berkeley Springs, WVA February 2013 Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

My First Night at The Troubadour Lounge and Park Berkeley Springs, WVA February 2013
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park - May 2013. Photo by Jane Staub Towler

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park – May 2013.
Photo by Jane Staub Towler

My wife with Jim McCoy

My wife with Jim McCoy

Troubadour Restaurant & Bar. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Troubadour Restaurant & Bar.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Front Door of the Troubadour Lounge. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Front Door of the Troubadour Lounge.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Joe Hage

Honk Tonk Heroes drummer Little Joe at the Troubadour Lounge and Park.
Photo by Terri Holtz

The Famous Six Shooter Smoker at Troubadour Park. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

The Famous Six Shooter Smoker at Troubadour Park.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Welvis McCoy with Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park May 2013. Photo by Terri Holtz

Welvis McCoy with Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park May 2013.
Photo by Terri Holtz

Dancing at the Troubadour Lounge and Park. Photo by Terri Holtz

Dancing at the Troubadour Lounge and Park.
Photo by Terri Holtz

Dr. Matt's birthday cake at the Troubadour Lounge and Park. Photo by Terri Holtz

Dr. Matt’s birthday cake at the Troubadour Lounge and Park.
Photo by Terri Holtz

The Troubadour Lounge and Park - Home of the West Virgina Country Music Hall of Fame. Photo by Terri Holtz

The Troubadour Lounge and Park – Home of the West Virgina Country Music Hall of Fame.
Photo by Terri Holtz

Kisses. Photo by Terri Holtz

Kisses.
Photo by Terri Holtz

Thanks. Thanks a lot! Photo by Terri Holtz

Thanks. Thanks a lot!
Photo by Terri Holtz

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at The Troubadour Lounge and park May 2013. Photo by Terri Holtz

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at The Troubadour Lounge and park May 2013.
Photo by Terri Holtz

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at Troubadour Lounge and Park Berkeley Springs, WVA - September 2013. Photo by Jane Staub Towler

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes at Troubadour Lounge and Park Berkeley Springs, WVA – September 2013.
Photo by Jane Staub Towler

Joltin' Jim - Jim McCoy's Life in Country Music written by John Douglas. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Joltin’ Jim – Jim McCoy’s Life in Country Music written by John Douglas.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Jim McCoy's nightly view.  Sunset at Troubadour Park. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Jim McCoy’s nightly view.
Sunset at Troubadour Park.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Jim McCoy & Dr. Matt Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Jim McCoy & Dr. Matt
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

The Pool Room at Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

The Pool Room at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

My favorite view inside Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park

My favorite view inside Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

A lot going on at Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

A lot going on at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Troubadour Park, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Troubadour Park, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Welvis McCoy tears it up with Colonel Josh & the Honk Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park Berkeley Spings, West Virginia September 7th, 2013. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Welvis McCoy tears it up with Colonel Josh & the Honk Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park Berkeley Spings, West Virginia September 7th, 2013.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Patsy Cline Tribute at the Troubadour Lounge and Park September 8th, 2013. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Patsy Cline Tribute at the Troubadour Lounge and Park September 8th, 2013.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes perform a George Jones Tribute at Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park in Berkeley Spings, West Virginia September 8th, 2013. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes perform a George Jones Tribute at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park in Berkeley Spings, West Virginia September 8th, 2013.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Quilt Raffle with Colonel Josh and the Honky Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy's Troubadour Lounge and Park September 8th, 2013. I think I see Bobcat. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Quilt Raffle with Colonel Josh and the Honky Tonk Heroes at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park September 8th, 2013. I think I see Bobcat.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Troubadour Recording Studio and Don West Mobile Home. Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Troubadour Recording Studio and Don West Mobile Home.
Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

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Jim McCoy & the Melody Playboys poster

 

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Honky Tonk saved my life and introduced me to Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge & Park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia three times in one year.

Headed off to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia for another episode of “Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes plays at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park”.

We play on Saturday, September 7th from 9pm until close, and then again on Sunday, September 8th for Jim McCoy’s Patsy Cline Tribute, although we’ll be playing all George Jones songs that day since his birthday is coming up too.

We are considering this event our long awaited CD Release Party.

Check out Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park’s website for more information.

Print off a poster for yourself:

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Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park

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Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

 

Meet Jim McCoy himself

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Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Grill some meats on this special smoker

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

And experience views like this

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

and hear tunes like this

 

We do sure hope y’all can make it.

 

 

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