Western Swing Guild Article June – July 2013 Issue

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Jones Has Gone Home

“He said I’ll love you till I die …
It was in Saratoga Texas, September 12, 1931,
That’s when this old world came to know
The man that we would all love,
A man they called George Jones ……”

These are the opening words of the recitation written by JD Micals two weeks before George Jones’ death. He personally knew George for many years. JD described to me in a recent phone conversation that he was driving along and the words started to flow so he immediately got them to paper. Later he went into the studio and laid the tracks. Little did he know that it would be used to celebrate George’s life. This amazing tribute has been released to Radio Stations across the USA and is also posted on YouTube and JD’s Facebook page. Oklahoma born JD Micals, residing in Reidville, South Carolina, has always had a heart to keep the traditional Country music being heard. His signing with Pretty World Records two years ago has brought to the airwaves songs that have stayed positioned on the Indy World Charts for well over a year, starting with Mom’s Old Wooden Chair reaching #17. Then having the longest running single ever and staying number one the song called, Burn That Bridge. Also a duo with Heather Myles, that has seen number nine, Me & Bobby McGee. (See article in Country Entertainment USA Nashville Edition April 2013, ww.countryentertainmentusa.com.)

Soon to be released is the long awaited, JD’s Friends and Memories album, a collaboration of duets with many greats like Leona Williams, Jan Howard, Leon Everett, Johnny Lee, Narvel Felts, Billy Joe Royal, Heather Myles and more. JD is a busy, gifted, well established songwriter who has had many of his songs recorded by the likes of Alabama, Vern Gosdin, Doug Stone, Tracy Lawrence and several others. He is more likely to tell you that he is focused on the new songs that he has in his ever growing portfolio, than to dwell on the ones from the past. But don’t kid yourself.

These songs of the 80’ and early 90’s – the ones he doesn’t boast about – were songs you have enjoyed over the years. Another special talent JD has is he is an exceptional DJ! When JD presents his Hollywood Starlight Show, via internet and am/fm radio, you are in for a very memorable time. You can expect to hear an old-style , fun-packed show, as he spins the Classics of Traditional Country. You can expect to hear some Western Swing or perhaps an entire show or two dedicated to historical greats, like Marty Robbins, Ray Price or Faron Young. Many songs will touch your heart and are guaranteed to bring back the memories. Sprinkled among antique radio commercials, comedy routines and more, you’ll hear music from cross genres, featuring well-known artists like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra – even a Doo Wop song or two!! He will also play theme songs of the old, dearly loved Western movies and, yes, those old TV shows too – all stirring up memories and emotions recalling simpler days in our lives.

His shows are always done live and he has a lineup of ‘characters’ that visit him in the studio. You never know who will show up. It could be the likes of Ol’ Road Hawg, Dean Martin, Cary Grant, even the Chipmunks, and many, many more!! What a delight to experience the many flavors of JD’s imagination, contributing to the ‘never a dull moment’ atmosphere. JD has also had live interviews with numerous, well-known artists, including Claude Gray, Jean Shepard, and Jody Nix. He has archived rare treasures of interviews and shares memories of times in Nashville past, including many gems dear to his heart from friends and mentors, like Johnny Russell and George Jones.  Thank you, JD, as no show is ever the same, with one moment bringing a joyful tear and the next a hearty laugh. Can’t beat that!!!

If you miss the good ol’ fashioned, personable kind of advertising, well they are part of the show too! JD personally visits the people and gets to know their product, which brings a lasting impact to the listeners. I have never been to Virgil Cannon’s Restaurant in Greer, South Carolina, but I know they serve the Biggest and Tastiest Chicken Livers in the world. JD describes, to smallest detail, their amazing Hamburgers. There really should be a warning before JD starts to do an ad. When I hear him mention the word “Cannon’s” I’m overcome with an instant desire to have a burger . . . or dare to try them livers!!!!

JD has a personable approach to the ways he contributes to keeping the traditional Country music alive. Whether it is through his own radio show, songwriting, singing and recordings with Pretty World Records, or through his personal recording studio, emceeing appearances, and other special events as package shows, one thing is consistent. He has mastered the art of keeping it real, touching the hearts and emotions of his listeners, then leaving great memories behind. Country music is in good hands with JD Micals. JD has some great events coming up in July 2013. From a family lineage of Marines and as a Marine, himself, he has the great privilege this July 4th to lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, VA. JD told me this is the greatest honor of his life and such a privilege. Later, on July 27th, JD along with longtime friend Billy Joe Royal will be performing at the Wheeling Jamboree in West Virginia. How can you hear or connect with JD? Check out JD’s website, www.jdmicals.com. Several of his CD’s, and the song, Jones has Gone Home, are in his store. You can find many of his songs on YouTube. Please take time to check them out. Make sure to also listen to Santa and the Soldier, as it will touch your heart. Drop by and say howdy to him on Facebook www.facebook.com/jdmicals or leave a note at    jd@jdmicals.com

God Bless You JD in all that you do in the days ahead, and thank you for keeping it real and bringing the music to the people in so many wonderful ways!!

Update: JD underwent a Triple Bypass surgery on June 17, 2013, and is reportedly doing well. Please keep him in your prayers for a speedy recovery.