George Jones: The Songwriter

gj1 Odie Blackmon is a Grammy nominated songwriter whose songs appear on more than 20 million albums.  His hits include Lee Ann Womack’s, CMA Single of the Year,“I May Hate Myself In The Morning”, George Strait’s 50th #1 hit “She’ll Leave You With A Smile”, and Gary Allan’s #1 “Nothing On But The Radio” and Top 20 “Pieces”.  Blackmon was named Billboard Magazine’s #1 Hot Country Songwriter for 2005.  He is a Lecturer in Music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and the Songwriting Concentration Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State University’s Recording Industry Department.  His book “The Nashville Number System for Songwriters & Performers” is available on  Odie is currently working with New West Records as executive producer on an album of George Jones compositions and deep cuts recorded by Americana artists to benefit MTSU’s Recording Industry students. When I applied for the Songwriting Instructor position at Middle Tennessee State University, I learned that Nancy Jones, George’s widow, had set up a scholarship in his name for the Recording Industry Department students.  Chairperson Beverly Keel stated in ad interview that she planned on having a class on Jones’ music.  Naturally, being the country music fan that I am, this was exciting news.  When I interviewed with Beverly, I had already researched about a third of what would be the class.  I got the job and was allowed to not only teach songwriting but to be the first person to teach a college course on “The Life and Music of George Jones!” I knew that George is widely considered the greatest country music singer of all time, and that his hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today,”... Sign In to Keep Reading

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