By BILL REED
September 28, 2007 - 5:57AM
You know that old joke about playing a country song backward and getting back your wife, your dog and your truck?
That joke suits no artist better than George Jones, 76. “The Possum” sings drinkin’ and cheatin’ songs can rip out your heart and stomp on it with a cowboy boot — in no small part because his life mirrors his lyrics. more!
JOHN FOYSTON The Oregonian Staff
Sure, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is the greatest country song that ever was or ever will be, but another mark of George Jones’ enduring genius – why he’s still relevant at 75 and why you should see him Wednesday – is how his honesty came through even during the low points of his Nashville career.
“That voice is undeniable,” said bluegrass musician Josh Cole, “even with the hokiest backup singers and production, even with strings dripping off everything, his soul comes through.”
By Kevin Carbery
Jefferon County Journal
Possum,” packed them in at Rickman Auditorium Sunday night.
Legendary country music star George Jones kicked off the 2007-2008 Rickman Auditorium Concert Series by drawing what organizers described as a record-setting attendance at the facility on the Fox High School campus in Arnold.
“It’s the largest crowd we’ve ever had,” said Gina Sokolich, Arnold’s special events coordinator. “We sold every seat. That’s 1,450 seats sold, because about 50 are giveaways.
By FIELDING BUCK
Country music patriarch George Jones begins a month-long tour today that will include the Inland area.
His show, which celebrates 52 years of hitmaking, will stop at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula on Oct. 13 and the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert on Oct. 17.
Jones called it a “fairly new show” in a phone interview from his home near Nashville, prior to heading out to his first stop, in Renfro Valley, Ky.
By BILL CRAIG
Asserting that the country-music business that George Jones started making hits in 50 years ago is radically different than the one he continues to star in today would rank as the year’s, if not the decade’s, most painfully obvious statement.
It’s only slightly more enlightening, but perhaps comforting, to point out that the sound of Jones’ traditional-to-the-core brand of country has withstood the intense pressure to change with the Nashville major label, commercial radio-driven times.