George Jones has a problem with today’s country radio – namely that there’s so little actual country music to be found there!
“The radio don’t play traditional country music like it used to,” he tells The 9513. “I listen to Alan Jackson and George Strait. They’re still on the stations. And we like Sugarland, too. Most of the new artists, they understand me. We’re good friends. Kenny Chesney is like my son, [along with] Dierks Bentley, and several of them. They know I love traditional music and I know what they have to do. We still all go out and have a steak together; they’re good people and they do good work. It’s just ain’t what I like anymore.”
A few short decades ago, George Jones built up quite a reputation for missing concert dates and appearances. Things have changed: “No Show Jones” called me five minutes early for our interview. Well, actually it was his wife, Nancy, who really seems to run the show, as she handed over the phone with a cheerful “Here’s the Possum!”
JULI THANKI: You’ve just celebrated a birthday. Do you have a favorite birthday memory?
GEORGE JONES: The one that my wife let me off, I guess. (Laughing). The last few years I’ve been working on my birthday. A lot of the new artists have helped me celebrate the last couple birthdays by doing a salute at the Ryman. They’d sing my songs and I’d be in the audience and before the show was over I’d do a couple songs myself. They’ve honored me that way the past couple years and I thought that was awful nice of ‘em. It was a pleasure to hear somebody else sing my songs.
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By Christian Scalise -Country Stars Central
“A Collection of My Best Recollection”
Country Stars Central is pleased to give George Jones “A Collection of My Recollection” FIVE Country Stars Central Stars!!
Country music aficionado’s rest assured because your prayers have been answered, there’s nothing but raw country music on the legendary George Jones latest album “A Collection of My Best Recollection” proudly issued by Cracker Barrel Stores. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Cracker Barrel stores and what better of a way to celebrate than with the good ole’ Possum himself!!
The iconic Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member effortlessly released this promising collection of beloved tunes from his storied career PLUS two new unreleased tracks “I Don’t Want To Know,” and “I’m A Long Gone Daddy,” that are sure to please your senses. (FYI: Both tracks were produced by music wiz Buddy Cannon well-known for working with music superstar Kenny Chesney.)
While it’s difficult if not impossible to define a country classic, what’s not nearly as problematic for fans or for country artists is to name a personal favorite country classic. In celebration of the fall return of Opry Country Classics, opry.com asked a few country artists to share with us their personal favorites—no matter how they define “classic.” Ever wondered which song George considers his favorite country classic? Check out the opry.com’s What Makes a Classic Country Song? cover story and see. (Hint: He must not like make believe.)