Popdoses Ken Shane wrote “Now that George is gone, Vince has the most beautiful voice in country music” and if you don’t think that’s high praise may I remind you George Strait is still alive.
Vince Gill noted that they don’t make shoes big enough to fill George Jones’ anymore before being joined by Patty Loveless on this stunningly beautiful version of his own “Go Rest High On That Mountain” off the must own 1994 When Love First You (on MCA who were the tops of country back then).
This deeply sad and deeply felt requiem for a lost friend sounds like it was written with this very day in mind:
“I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren’t afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain
Go rest high on that mountain
‘Cause, Son, your work on earth is done
Go to Heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son”.
According to Songfacts it was actually written with someone else in mind: “Gill began writing this following the untimely death of Country music superstar Keith Whitley. Gill didn’t finish the song until a few years later following the death of his brother. Thus, the song is a tribute song to both Keith Whitley and Gill’s brother.” And now George Jones added to the sad and sorry list.
If there is a more touching moment than Loveless comforting Gill here, you’ll have to show it to me.