Cold Hard Truth

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Cold Hard Truth
Studio album by George Jones
Released June 22, 1999
Genre Country
Length 28:37
Label Asylum
Producer Keith Stegall
George Jones chronology
16 Biggest Hits
Cold Hard Truth
Live with the Possum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Cold Hard Truth is the 56th studio album by American country music singer George Jones. The album was released on June 22, 1999 on the Asylum label. It peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and number 53 on The Billboard 200 chart. Cold Hard Truth went Gold in 2000.[2] A video was also made for the track "Choices." Jones won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song "Choices." The album was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. This is Jones' very first album with the Asylum Records label. "You Never Know Just How Good You've Got It" was originally recorded by Tracy Byrd on his 1994 album No Ordinary Man.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Choices"   Billy Yates, Mike Curtis 3:26
2. "The Cold Hard Truth"   Jamie O'Hara 4:08
3. "Sinners & Saints"   J.B. Rudd, Vip Vipperman, Darryl Worley 2:29
4. "Day After Forever"   Max D. Barnes 3:54
5. "Ain't Love a Lot Like That"   Mark Collie, Dean Miller 2:20
6. "Our Bed of Roses"   Keith Stegall, Zack Turner 4:12
7. "Real Deal"   Jim Dowell, Keith Gattis 3:25
8. "This Wanting You"   T. Graham Brown, Bruce Bouton, Bruce Burch 3:09
9. "You Never Know Just How Good You've Got It"   Mark Nesler 3:29
10. "When the Last Curtain Falls"   Emory Gordy, Jr., Jim Rushing 3:37

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 53
Canadian RPM Country Albums 8


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1999 "Choices" 30 30
"The Cold Hard Truth" 45
2000 "Sinners and Saints" 55
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold