I dedicated my graduate thesis, deservedly so, to this man (a 2008 Kennedy Center national honoree):
From the Washington Post article at the link above: "I think the whole egg in a nutshell," Jones says, trying one last time to explain his enormous appeal, "is that there's never been anything phony about me. What you see is what you get."
That's also what I love about him. He can sing the most intense, serious love songs, and then cut loose with the goofiest of ditties.
I also like his sign up outside his Tennessee home: "Forget the dog. Beware of the wife."