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On His Way by Johnny Paycheck
Released: Jan 2005
Label: eOne Music
Before "Take This Job and Shove It," Johnny Paycheck played classic honky-tonk in the early George Jones vein. (Not surprising, as Paycheck was in Jones' band and reportedly had an influence on his distinctive vocal style.) Even in these beginning stages, the cuts on this collection reflect the rough counterpoint to Nashville slickness that Paycheck became known for as a key figure in the coming outlaw country movement. His first hit is here, the Buck Owens- penned heartbreaker "A-11," along with 14 additional examples of superb '60s country.
Mike McGuirk