Performed by Brandon Rosage · Written by George Jones
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I was in the middle of a conversation with my wife when I first heard George Jones sing, “No use to cry, don’t even try…” And I immediately shouted and stopped everything. “What the hell was that!?”
The way Jones bends the bookends to each phrase and shouts the peak of the melody is masterful.
I keep finding my way back to his deep cut from Bear Family Records’ box set of George Jones Starday and Mercury recordings from 1954 to 1961. So when I had a small window of time to fire up my recording gear after the Fourth of July, I started hollering Jones’ 1959 waltz “No Use to Cry”.
It also gave me a chance to dust off my steel guitar and have some fun laying down all the parts. This simple cut also includes some light drumming, acoustic rhythm guitar, bass, and some lead guitar noodling on my Gibson ES-295.