High-Tech Redneck

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High-Tech Redneck
Studio album by George Jones
Released November 23, 1993
Genre Country
Length 30:46
Label MCA
Producer Buddy Cannon
Norro Wilson
George Jones chronology
Walls Can Fall
(1992)Walls Can Fall1992
High-Tech Redneck
I Lived to Tell It All
(1996)I Lived to Tell It All1996

High-Tech Redneck is an album by American country music singer George Jones. It was released in 1993 on the MCA Nashville Records label and went Gold in 1994.


By 1993, Jones had recorded two critically acclaimed albums for MCA, but was still having a great deal of difficulty getting played on the radio, which was focused on younger, emerging stars. The new album, which employed two producers, Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson, was an attempt by MCA to broaden the singer's appeal, with biographer Bob Allen observing in his book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, "In 1993, the label released Hi-Tech Redneck, a new and oddly uneven Jones LP that tried to cast him in a slightly different and more lighthearted perspective, in hopes of breaking the radio deadlock." It did not work; the album made it to number 30 on the Billboard country albums chart while the single peaked at 24 - a very respectable showing in reality, considering the lack of radio play the singer was receiving. The other single from this album to make a chart appearance in Billboard was his duet with Sammy Kershaw, "Never Bit a Bullet Like This", a song also found on Kershaw's 1993 album Feelin' Good Train. The album was dedicated to Conway Twitty, who had died in June 1993, and features a cover of Twitty's "Hello Darlin'" to close out the album, which Jones had also recorded during his stint on the Musicor label.

"A Thousand Times a Day" was later recorded by Patty Loveless on her 1997 album The Trouble with the Truth. "The Visit" was later record by Chad Brock on his 2000 album Yes!


Jimmy Guterman of New Country magazine rated the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying that "Jones expertly walks through a series of boasts, gags... fables, and depictions of emotional devastation that suggest what Hank Williams might have sounded like had he lived to record using the Nashville sound." Guterman also praised the duet with Sammy Kershaw on "Never Bit a Bullet Like This" as a "riot", and noted of the album's cover of "Hello Darlin'" that it "succeeds both as a tribute to Twitty's style and to Jones' ability to wrench new ideas out of a song country fans have heard hundreds of times."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "High-Tech Redneck" Byron Hill, Zack Turner 2:26
2. "I've Still Got Some Hurtin' Left to Do" Donny Kees, Richard Ross 2:51
3. "The Love in Your Eyes" Wayland Holyfield, Norro Wilson 3:52
4. "The Visit" Gene Ellsworth, Brad Rodgers, Charles Stefl 3:21
5. "Silent Partners" Bobby Braddock 3:03
6. "Tear Me Out of the Picture" Bill Rice, Sharon Rice, Mike Lawler 3:25
7. "A Thousand Times a Day" Gary Burr, Gary Nicholson 3:06
8. "Never Bit a Bullet Like This" (featuring Sammy Kershaw) Jim Foster, Mark C. Petersen 2:21
9. "Forever's Here to Stay" Larry Bastian, Buddy Cannon 3:38
10. "Hello Darlin'" Conway Twitty 2:43


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 30
U.S. Billboard 200 124


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1993 "High-Tech Redneck" 24 62
1994 "Never Bit a Bullet Like This" 52
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[2] Gold


  1. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (March 1994). "Reviews: High Tech Redneck". New Country. 1 (1): 48. 
  2. ^ "American album certifications – George Jones – High Tech Redneck". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH