George Jones drives an impressively spacious bus these days, with plenty of leg room, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a bedroom big enough for a double bed and a huge television up front.
It’s a better vehicle than many of the newer acts that also work the road, but George probably appreciates it more than the younger artists, too. After all, he can recall the time when performers were jammed in tight quarters, sometimes stuffing an upright bass over the seats in a car while they drove at slower speeds before the interstate system was built.
“Us old-timers used to travel with a station wagon and loaded down inside with a band,” he told The Tennessean. “We only carried about a four-piece band because that’s all we could carry in the car. We would pull a little trailer to hold our instruments, and it might have a little closet-like place for our stage uniforms. We slept sitting up, 400-, 500-mile trips every night.”
“These kids today, they don’t know what that means,” he continued. “It wouldn’t hurt if some of them had it to do and really knew what it was like back in the old days.”
The new days are pretty good ones for George. In addition to the Nashville-area home he shares with his wife, Nancy, he’s moving in to a new home on Sunday in Enterprise, Ala., where a developer is building an entertainment project called Country Crossings.
The development is expected to open in fall 2009 with a number of businesses owned by country stars. Among the ventures on tap, according to AllAboutCountry.com, are Tracy Lawrence’s Dinner Theater Opry House, Darryl Worley’s Worley Bird Café, John Anderson’s Steak House and Lorrie Morgan’s Hot Chicken Café.