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The 26-song project features Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon performing some of the biggest hits from George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

billboard's Jessica Nicholson writes…..Fans of SHOWTIME’s George & Tammy series will get a chance to hear more from series stars Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, with the release of George & Tammy (Original Series Soundtrack), via Sony Music Masterworks, on Friday (Dec. 16).

The 26-track project features iterations performed by Chastain and Shannon of songs made famous by Tammy Wynette and George Jones, including Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” as well as Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today, and “The Race Is On,” and their duets including “Golden Ring.”

The six-episode series George & Tammy centers on the oftentimes tumultuous love story shared by Jones and Wynette. The couple wed on Feb. 16, 1969, and released their first album together, We Go Together, in 1971. Over the course of their careers, Wynette and Jones would record eight more albums together. The pair divorced in 1975, and each went on to marry other people. Wynette died in 1998 at age 55, while Jones died in 2013 at age 81.

“We wanted to tell the story through singing,” he said. “The part that really intrigued me is how George and Tammy would tell the story of their life every time they sang together or alone. Even though the songs oftentimes weren’t written by them, they were still communicating by singing them. You can pick the same song and watch 10 different performances of it and get 10 completely different stories just based on the way they’re looking at each other. We could have just lip-synced everything, but I think in order for us to inhabit the people, we had to perform.”

The George & Tammy series debuted simultaneously on SHOWTIME and on the Paramount Network on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, ultimately bringing in 3.3 million Live+Same Day linear viewers. Subsequent episodes air exclusively on SHOWTIME, on demand and streaming.

Here's the full tracklist for George & Tammy (Original Soundtrack Series) 

The Race Is On
White Lightning
Apartment No. 9
Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad
Why Baby Why
A Girl I Used To Know
Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
Stand By Your Man
Take Me
I Don’t Wanna Play
Beneath Still Waters
Something To Brag About
We’re Gonna Hold On
Run, Woman, Run
The Grand Tour
‘Til I Get It Right
We Go Together
You and Me
Two Story House
The Door
He Stopped Loving Her Today
Golden Ring
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Lost Highway
George & Tammy Main Theme

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