Murder on Music Row – George Strait, Alan Jackson

George Strait and Alan Jackson singing Murder on Music Row.

The best known version of Murder on Music Row was recorded by George Strait and Alan Jackson, but was originally recorded by Larry McCordle and Lonesome Standard Time.

The following link takes you to a website where the lyrics are shown and you can hear George and Alan singing the words and sing along with them if you want.

I had liked country music over the years, but really got interested after seeing Your Cheatin’ Heart the life story of Hank Williams Sr.  The movie told the life story of Hank Williams Sr. in a way that showed his struggles on the way to the top and how his drinking habit caused him to lose jobs and probably caused his early death at the age of 29, in the backseat of a car on the way to a concert. The part I best remember was when the audience found out Hank had died enroute to the concert and started singing ” I Saw The Light . ” which was the most poignant part of the movie.

When I saw the movie in the 60′s when stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii it jump started my collection of country music record albums.

I particularly liked Buck Owens and Buckaroos and at one time owned fifteen of their albums. I became a Ernest Tubb fan and bought his Ernest Tubb Life Story Album, which contained many of his older songs from the World War II era. Songs like Filipino Baby, Driftwood on the River, Rainbow at Midnight and others brought home what it was like for soldiers during World War II.

It was exciting to be able to buy a record album of Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn, when they appeared in concert as a duet in Alexandria, Louisiana and to top it off both of them autographed their albums. I was struck by how beautiful Loretta Lynn was in person.

Country Music Not the Same

Country music isn’t the same today. You might hear a few traditional singers like George Strait, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Randy Travis, but for the most part traditional country music has died. Like the song says murder was committed on Music Row and is being committed with each release of this non-traditional music.

I couldn’t name one country song from 2012, since I spend my time listening to the old music on my MP3 player of George Strait, Jim Reeves, Ernest Tubb, Porter Wagoner, George Jones and others previously mentioned in this article. There are no songs that stand out like He Stopped Loving Her Today, Take This Job and Shove It, Heartaches by the Number, Hello Darlin’, Together Again, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Welcome To My World, Okie From Muskogee, Big City and the great George Strait songs from the 80’s and 90’s.

So if you want to start a collection of traditional country music at its best, then this is the time to start. I found a 99 song Ernest Tubb collection for only $11.02 used. I bought this collection two or three years ago at a good price from Amazon. I have bought many used CD’s from Amazon dealers and have never had a CD that didn’t work. It might pay to compare prices with eBay dealers.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

6 thoughts on “Murder on Music Row – George Strait, Alan Jackson”

  1. As a Texas writer, I can tell you that decades ago (pre-cable!) the only television on Saturday afternoons would be singers like the ones you mention here.

    Better than “reality TV”….

  2. Yes, those were the good old days, when Porter Wagoner, Wilburn Brothers, Del Reeves and others had their own shows on Saturday afternoons, then we could watch Hee Haw at that night on CBS. Readers are encouraged to mention other shows from that era, that I didn’t mention.

  3. Country music hasn’t been the same since Nashville Now left the The Nashville Network. I looked forward to that show each weekday night. It gave fans a chance to really get to know the country music stars we had grown up with. Ralph Emery was the perfect host for the show and it was a sad night when Nashville Now ended. I don’t have anything against the country singers of today. I just liked the pure country sound of songs like Window Up Above by George Jones, Company’s Coming (the old Porter Wagoner song about a mountain family getting all excited about having company driving up the mountainside), Your Cheatin’ Heart, Cold, Cold Heart, You Win Again (all by Hank Williams Sr.) and Together Again by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos.

  4. Reblogged this on Nostalgia and Now and commented:

    George Strait and Alan Jackson are two of the few who still sing traditional country and they sing about how times have changed and singers like Hank Williams Sr., George Jones and Merle Haggard don’t have their songs played on today’s country radio. Many of the singers on the Grand Ole Opry today don’t have record contracts and their only income is from singing at rodeos, VFW halls, casinos and state fairs.

  5. I couldn’t agree more, Andrew. After the awards last Spring, and numerous groans on Facebook about modern Country, I wrote Countrified. It calls out Nashville for everything mentioned above..and may blackball me from TN. Time will tell. Thanks for your thought here, as everyone I know wholeheartedly agrees.

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