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1. A Picture Of Me Without You

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A Picture Of Me Without You hails from the album of the same name and was released in 1972. The two writers wrote this song specifically for George.

He scored a #5 hit with his release. Lorrie Morgan also covered the song in 1993.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, G7, D7

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2. Ain't No Grave

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Ain't No Grave was written by 12 years old Claude Ely who was suffering with tuberculosis back in 1934. Johnny Cash did his version in 2003 just before his death but it was not released until after his death.

You'll find this track on his album American IV.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Dm, Gm, Am
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3. All Of Me

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All Of Me was recorded by Willie in 1978 and had a #3 hit in the US and a #4 hit in Canada.

This song hails from the album Stardust.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: - Cm, F, G, E7, A7, D7, G, Ddim, Am7, B7, E, Am

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4. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen

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Ballad Of A Teenage Queen was a 1958 single from the album "Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous". 

The song is just a bit over 2 minutes long and hit #1 on the US country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D
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5. Blue Skies

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Blue Skies was from the Stardust album of 1978 and was a #1 in Canada, the US and a #53 in Australia.

The song was written back in 1926 by Irving Berlin.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Bm, D, A7, Gb, G, D#, A#, G#m

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6. Branded Man

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Branded Man was a #1 hit for Merle Haggard back in 1967.

The song is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, G7, C, D, A7, D7

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7. Buy Me A Rose

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Buy Me A Rose was a 1999 Kenny Rogers release which also featured Alison Krauss and Billy Dean. Kenny became the oldest country singer at the time to have a #1 hit at the age of 61. In 2019 Kenny was 81.

Willie Nelson now holds that record at age 70 with Beer For My Horses. She Rides Wild Horses album is where this track can be found.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret = original key
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No but a few riffs
  • Chords: D, G, A, A7, Bm, Gbm, Em, D/Gb, A7sus
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8. Daytime Friends

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Daytime Friends was released as a single in 1977 from the album of the same name.

The song peaked at #1 in Canada, the UK and the United States.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up up up down up down up and repeat - then root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C/G, Em, Am7, D
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9. Flesh And Blood

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Flesh And Blood was a single released from Johnny's 1970 album "I Walk The Line".

The song reached #1 in both Canada and the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, C7, D7, G
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10. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

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I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am hails from the album "Pride In What I Am" album from 1968.

The song hit #1 in Canada and #3 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat with a steady shuffle
  • Picking: a few riffs blended into the rhythm
  • Chords: C, Cmaj7, Em7/C, Dm, G, C7, F, Fmaj7, Dm/F

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11. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

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I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink was a #1 song for Merle Haggard when it hit the airwaves in 1980.

The song hails from the album "Back To The Barrooms'.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, D7, E, E7

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12. I Threw Away The Rose

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I Threw Away The Rose was recorded back in 1967 from the album "Branded Man". 

Merle managed a #2 on the US country charts with this song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, A7, D, D7

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13. I Walk The Line

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I Walk The Line was an early hit for Johnny Cash reaching #1 way back in 1956 and hit #17 on the Pop charts.

The song appeared on his first album "With His Hot And Blue Guitar". 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A, D, E, B7
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14. I'm A One Woman Man

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I'm A One Woman Man is of course a Johnny Horton song which Horton recorded and released back in 1956 and scored a #7 hit. Jones released a version in 1960 but it was his 1988 version which hit #5 on the country charts in Canada and the US.

The song hails from the album "One Woman Man".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D

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15. It's All Goin To Pot

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It's All Goin To Pot was a duet Willie did with Merle Haggard in 2015. The song reached #48 on the country chart.

The track was on the album Django And Jimmie.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, C

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16. I've Always Been Crazy

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I've Always Been Crazy is a track from Waylon's "Live In Austin Tx" album from 2006.

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up  and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, D7

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17. Jackson

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Jackson was another duet song Johnny recorded with June back in 1967 from the album "Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Vol 1".

The song reached #2 on the US country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down bass down root down bass down and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, C7, F, G
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18. Luckenback Texas

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Luckenbach Texas was released as a single in 1977 from Waylon's album "Ol' Waylon".

The song was a #1 in both Canada and the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C, D, D7, G7, Am, G6

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19. One More Song To Write

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One More Song To Write is a track from the 2019 album "Ride Me Back Home".

The track was never a single release.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A, Em, A7sus, A7

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20. Rainy Day Woman

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Rainy Day Woman is from the 1975 album "The Ramblin Man".

The song peaked at #2 in the US and #18 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A

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21. Reuben James

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Reuben James was top 30 hit song for Kenny Rogers and the first Edition when it was released as a single from the album "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town" back in 1969.

Conway Twitty also recorded a version a year later for his album "Hello Darlin".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A7, A, G, C, E, B7
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22. Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town

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Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town was a #6 hit back in 1969 from the album of the same name while Kenny was still a member of The First Edition.

Country artist Mel Tillis wrote this song and Waylon Jennings was the first to record this song back in 1966.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: C, G, Dm, F, Dm7
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23. She Loved A Lot In Her Time

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She Loved A Lot In Her Time was a single released in 1992. Unfortunately Jones stopped producing hit songs in the late 1980s but still managed to get onto the country charts right up until 2002. This song peaked at #55 in the US.

You'll find the track on the album "And Along Came Jones".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root  up down up and some some root up down up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, Em, A7sus, A7, Bm, D/Gb, D7, Gmaj7

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24. Someday When Things Are Good

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Someday When Things Are Good was a #1 songs in both Canada and the US when it was released in 1984.

The song is from the album "That's The Way Love Goes".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Cmaj7, C7, D/F, Dm, G7, F, A#

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25. The Gambler

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The Gambler came about back in August of 1976 when a young 23 year old writer named Don Schlitz had written the song. But was having a tough time getting someone to record it. Bobby Bare gave it s shot but never released it as a single.

Johnny Cash also recorded it but also never released it as a single. In 1978, Kenny Rogers took the song to #1 on the country and crossed over onto the pop charts, which was very rare at that time, reaching #16. The song is from the album of the same name.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up  and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A7
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26. The Grand Tour

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The Grand Tour was a #1 hit when it saturated the airwaves back in 1974. It's one of the most famous divorce songs ever written.

It hails from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C, D, G7, A7, D7

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27. The Scientist

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The Scientist was a 2011 release which peaked at 103.

The track can be found on the album Heroes.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: up up down up down up down  and repeat
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: Am, Fmaj7, C, Gsus, G

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28. The Wurlitzer Prize

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The Wurlitzer Prize was a collaboration recording with Willie Nelson and can be found on the album "Waylon & Willie".

This track was a hit, reaching #1 in both Canada and US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, Am, D, B7, A7, C, Cm

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29. Walk Through This World With Me

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Walk Through This World With Me was a #1 hit for George Jones back in 1967. George had 57 songs on the charts by this time in his career and this was hit 4th chart topper.

The song can be found on the album "We Found Heaven Right Here On Earth At 4033".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes a little
  • Chords: G, C, D, D7

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30. Wild Ones

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Wild Ones is a track from the 1975 album Waymore's Blues II.

The track was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, A#, Am

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1. But You Know That I Love You - Kenny Rogers

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2. Coward Of The County - Kenny Rogers

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3. Crazy - Kenny Rogers

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4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Willie Nelson

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5. Family Bible - Merle Haggard

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6. Footlights - Merle Haggard

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7. Goodbye Little Darlin - Johnny Cash

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8. High On A Hilltop - Merle Haggard

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9. Hobo's Meditation - Merle Haggard

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10. I Gotta Get Drunk - - Willie Nelson

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11. I Never Go Home Alone - Merle Haggard

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12. If I Can Touch Her At All - Willie Nelson

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13. In My Next Life - Merle Haggard

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14. It Ain't Me Babe - Johnny Cash

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15. Just The Way You Are - Willie Nelson

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16. Lady - Kenny Rogers

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17. Let's Chase Each Other - - Merle Haggard

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18. Lonesome Orny And Mean - Waylon Jennings

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19. Me And Jesus - George Jones

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20. Ol Country Singer - Merle Haggard

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21. Old Fashioned Love - Merle Haggard

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22. Rose In Paradise - Waylon Jennings

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23. San Quentin - Johnny Cash

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24. Scarlet Fever - Kenny Rogers

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25. Something You Get Through - Willie Nelson

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26. Undo The Right - Willie nelson

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27. Wanted Man - Johnny Cash

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28. We've Got Tonight - Kenny Rogers

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