Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery, a songwriter, musician and producer, who frequently collaborated with George Jones, has filed a lawsuit against Jones’ widow Nancy, as well as Concord Music Group and Cracker Barrel, over an album he says was released without his permission.
Montgomery, who co-wrote 73 songs for George, says in the late 70s he produced an album that featured George backed by Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys, and that George said he wanted him to “own” the record, “as his retirement package for all his years of service and friendship.”
After the album was recorded it got shelved, and was never released, until after Jones’ death, when his widow sold the singer’s intellectual property and assets to Concord for a reported $30 million. The long lost “George Jones& The Smoky Mountain Boys” was then released in 2017 thanks to a deal with Concord and Cracker Barrel.
Well, Montgomery claims he is the true owner of the album, and that he wasn’t paid or credited for his work. He is seeking $5 million