There’s nothing in the world like a good old-fashioned honky-tonk heartthrob.
And if you follow Whiskey Riff in any form then you know how much we all here absolutely love her.
Since some of my current favorite artists in this genre have written some of my favorite very sad songs that hurt so much, I wanted to know which of their favorites inspired them to write soul crushing music, just like George, Willie, Merle, Waylon and all the others country sizes.
So much for that Sad Country Songs series, we heard some great picks Whiskey Myers frontman Cody Cannon, Wade Bowen, Hailey Whitters, Miranda Lambert, Graycie York, Riley Green, Randall King, Parker McCollum, Ashland Craft, Carly Pearce, Charles Wesley Godwinand today, Serious comes through with a great recommendation.
He says one of his goals is George Jones’ “The Great Journey”:
“My library is full of sad country songs, so it’s the version of a sad song I need, but ‘The Grand Tour’ is one of my favorites.”
He also loves Keith Whitley’s I Never Go Around Mirrors and George’s classic He Stopped Loving Her Today, but he says his middle school sad boy jam was Keith Urban’s Tonight I Wanna Cry:
“Tonight I Wanna Cry” – I used to learn how to play that lick on guitar and I would go to the playground and sing it in 6th or 7th grade, that was my jam, sad boy me .”
Written by Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor and George Richey, Ernest’s first choice, The Grand Tour was originally released in 1974, became George’s sixth No. 1 hit on the country charts and eventually was the title track of his album released later in the year .
Widely hailed as one of the saddest country songs of all time, it’s a great singing performance ever as Mr. Jones tells the heartbreaking tale of the loss of a wife and mother to a new baby.
Many listeners interpret the song as the end of a marriage, but if you look closely at the lyrics, it’s much more likely that the woman sadly died in childbirth.
Ernest added that his love of sad songs extends well beyond the country genre:
“I think it’s just the feeling. Some people like really upbeat, upbeat songs, and I tend towards slower, more emotional songs.
And that goes for almost all genres too. I like the sadder songs by John Mayer, “Dreaming With a Broken Heart” is one of my favorite sad songs, as is “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”.
The way sad songs make me feel – I’m addicted to them.”
He continued, saying he thinks we all love this type of song so much because it’s almost like a safe place to let out feelings that you might otherwise want to hold back or hide:
“I think a sad song is a safe place for someone to be sad for 3.5 minutes. Sometimes it’s just cool to sit in your car and listen to a sad song and cry when you need to.
You can be in high spirits and still be in the mood to hear a sad song and go there for a minute. I think it’s healthy.”
And because he has a pen talent and is an amazing writer, his goal is not just to be an artist, but to write the kind of music he wants to hear:
“I like writing songs that I would love to hear.
Country music wouldn’t be country music without sad songs.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself…
I’ll turn this up and cry good now:
And when it comes to my favorite sad Ernest songs, I have to go for the obvious steel-soaked country heartthrob “flower shops”, his duet with friend and frequent collaborator Morgan Wallen.
About this particular track, he says he was listening to a lot of Merle, Waylon and Willie at the time he wrote it, and he has previously commented that it was mainly inspired by George Jones’ “A Good Year for the Roses”. :
“I think the Eagles influenced some music, Haggard, Waylon, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban all influenced some songs, it’s everything I’ve been listening to a lot in the past year.
I listened to a lot of Merle Haggard and Waylon and Willie and The Highwaymen and stuff, so that’s where I went.”
Flower Shops was and was written by Ernest with Ben Burgess and Mark Holman certified platinum from the RIAA.
Long live the sad country music…
And if you really want to get into your feelings today, be sure to check out ours Sad country songs make me happy playlist.
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https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/25/sad-country-songs-make-me-happy-ernests-pick-the-grand-tour-by-george-jones/ Sad Country Songs Make Me Happy: Ernest’s Choice – “The Grand Tour” by George Jones