Drunk, addict, jailbird: Paycheck's tortured life too often obscured his talent. George Jones' bassist/harmony singer in the early '60s, his tough baritone, at its peak, was Jones' only equal. Eighteen months after his death, this Robbie Fulks-produced salute expertly summons Paycheck's soulful heartache. Gorgeous George himself tackles "She's All I Got", Neko Case adds fiery flash to "If I'm Gonna Sink" and Dave Alvin does outlaw twang-fest "11 Months And 29 Days", alongside Marshall Crenshaw, Mavis Staples and Bobby Bare Jr.

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Various Artists – Touch My Heart: A Tribute To Johnny Paycheck

Drunk, addict, jailbird: Paycheck’s tortured life too often obscured his talent. George Jones’ bassist/harmony singer in the early ’60s, his tough baritone, at its peak, was Jones’ only equal. Eighteen months after his death, this Robbie Fulks-produced salute expertly summons Paycheck’s soulful heartache. Gorgeous George himself tackles “She’s All I Got”, Neko Case adds fiery flash to “If I’m Gonna Sink” and Dave Alvin does outlaw twang-fest “11 Months And 29 Days”, alongside Marshall Crenshaw, Mavis Staples and Bobby Bare Jr. The great “Take This Job And Shove It” is suitably ripped asunder by Bare Snr., Radney Foster, Buck Owens and Jeff Tweedy.