During a recent visit to the Grand Ole Opry’s Radio Replay series, Ashley Monroe delivered a gorgeous cover of “Bartender’s Blues,” a song made famous by George Jones.
Monroe said the country classic sums up everything she loves about the genre.
“I think this song just has all of the good country song feelings in it that I love about country music,” Monroe said.
Monroe’s crystal clear voice lends itself perfectly to the timeless tale of a lonely barkeep longing to break free while still beholden to their surroundings.
“Bartender’s Blues” was originally written and recorded by James Taylor for his 1977 album JT. Jones covered the song the following year, selecting the song as the title track for his 1978 album.
Monroe released her third album, the soaring, cinematic Sparrow, on April 20. On May 25, the singer will perform during a special concert to celebrate the opening of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Outlaw’s and Armadillos exhibit. Monroe will be joined by Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter, Bobby Bare and many more. On June 9, she’ll return to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to take part in a Songwriter Session hosted by Tyler Mahan Coe of the country music history podcast Cocaine and Rhinestones.