Artist discusses his involvement with Country Crossing
Our Prattville - Melissa Parker
Born on September 12, 1931, George Glenn Jones was raised in Saratoga, Texas, near the city of Beaumont, and was exposed to country music at age seven when his parents bought a radio. His first guitar was given to him two years later; and when he left home at sixteen he found work singing and playing on a local radio station in Jasper, Texas.
By age 24 in 1955, he had been married twice, served in the Marines, and was a veteran of the Texas honky tonk circuit. The first chart single for Jones, “Why Baby Why,” came that year and peaked at #4 on the Billboard country charts. “White Lightning” was released in 1959 and became the first number one single of his career.
Country music legend George Jones received a special visitor on Christmas Day when fellow recording artist Ronnie McDowell showed up at his home in Franklin, Tenn., bearing the gift of a portrait – commissioned by Jones’ wife, Nancy – depicting his celebrated DUI arrest while operating a riding lawn mower. “I’m your biggest fan,” said McDowell, “I want to present this new painting to you: As a matter of fact, it’s my favorite painting I’ve ever done.” McDowell’s portrait of Elvis Presley is featured in the book “The Genuine Elvis” and he is also known for hit songs such as “The King Is Gone.” “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You,” and “Older Women.
Country Crossing announces artists to perform during its three-day grand opening event, January 15-17, 2010. Headliners for the event include Tracy Lawrence, Darryl Worley, Lorrie Morgan and John Anderson, who all have interests in the development. All live shows will be free to the public.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the venues with artists and officials will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17. George Jones will attend the ribbon cutting for the George Jones Possum Holler Bed & Breakfast. Exact times for the individual ribbon cuttings will be released at a later date.