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Recap of Day 1 of the Nelsonville Music Festival

May 13, 2011

George Jones took the stage during the first day of the Nelsonville Music Festival. (Photo by Alex K. Stein)

Friday marked the first day of the seventh annual Nelsonville Music Festival, and might have inadvertantly marked the passing of a torch in country music.

Justin Townes Earle, one of an emerging breed of country artists who combine the classic elements of the genre with blues, folk and other genres, stole the show from Friday headliner George Jones.

While the crowd may have been larger for Jones’ performance, the singer’s weathered voice portrayed his age at several times throughout the show.

At one point, Jones said, “Have you noticed they just quit altogether playing the good ol’ drinking songs? And the shooting songs? I’ve got a fair amount of those buggers for you guys tonight.”

This article, which I co-wrote with Bridget Mallon and John Nero, originally ran on The Post’s website on May 13, 2011. Click here to read the full story.

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