May 11, 1998 12:00 PM

>George Jones

Country counterattack

With a feisty March ad in Billboard, 66-year-old Johnny Cash publicly criticized country music radio stations who ignore new singles by older Nashville stars. Among his allies is George Jones, also 66, whose latest CD, It Don’t Get Any Better Than This, recently arrived in stores.

Whats your problem with country radio programmers?

They say we don’t put out the type of music that the new artists are putting out But there’s many people out there that still would rather hear the traditional music…. When you get down to it, age discrimination is what it is.

What songs do many country stations ignore?

They’re leaving cheating songs out. They don’t have songs about drinking anymore. And more people are drinking and cheating today than they was back then. What they’ve done is took the heart and soul out of country music. They’ve uptempoed it to play dance music for the young kids.

Aren’t you afraid of a radio backlash?

They’re not going to get rid of me. I’m going to worry them to death.

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