Country Throwback: Jamey Johnson Covers George Jones’ ‘Still Doin’ Time’ in 2011 Performance

by Keeli Parkey
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A great cover of a great country song is hard to beat. Jamey Johnson helped that statement ring true when he performed the classic George Jones hit, “Still Doin’ Time” in 2011.

According to an article on ClassicCountryMusic.com, Johnson was performing for U.S. troops at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait that year. He decided to cover “Still Doin’ Time” as part of the performance. He chose to go acoustic with the song and was only accompanied by himself and two other guitar layers.

Jamey Johnson’s cover starts slow and builds as he croons the painful song. It’s a track about a man who cheated, got caught, and is paying the price. He makes the pain, frustration, and regret clear in his voice as he sings.

“Still doin’ time in a honky tonk prison / Still doin’ time, where a man ain’t forgiven / My poor heart is breakin’ but there’s no escapin’,” the lyrics go. “Each morning I wake up and I find / Still doin’ time.”

“With the exception of a few hoots and hollers, everyone watching seemed to be completely captivated by Johnson’s performance,” the article said about his cover.

Watch Jamey Johnson sing “Still Doin’ Time” below. You can read more about Jamey Johnson and his cover of Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces” here.

George Jones Releases ‘Still Doin’ Time’ in 1981

It’s safe to say George Jones would have enjoyed the cover by Jamey Johnson. According to ClassicCountryMusic.com, George Jones released “Still Doin’ Time” in 1981. It was the first single from his album, “Still the Same Ole Me.”

“Still Doin’ Time” became George Jones’ eight No. 1 hit in the United States. While it was only No. 1 for a week, it stayed on the chart for 10 weeks. It made it all the way to No. 2 in Canada.

The song was written by John Moffatt and Michael P. Heeney. It takes place a year after the narrator has lost the woman he loves because of his transgressions. He’s miserable and drinking and has no plans of stopping.

“Has it been a year since the last time I’ve seen her / My God I could swear it was ten,” the narrator sings. “And the ocean of liquor I drank to forget her / Is gonna kill me but I’ll drink till then.”

You can listen to George Jones sing “Still Doin’ Time” below.

Jamey Johnson Plans 2021 Tour

Who knows if he will sing “Still Doin’ Time” again, but Jamey Johnson has plans to tour this year. It was recently announced that he would join forces with Randy Houser for the “Country Cadillac Tour.” They are scheduled to make 13 stops on the tour. The first will be in Texas on Feb. 5.

Those planning to attend should expect to take precautions against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A press release said the tour “will feature proper social distancing and all recommended health & safety measures.”

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