“I am pretty sure this milestone means to me the same thing it means to anyone who reaches 80,” George Jones tells the South Bend Tribune. “Dang glad to be here!”
The country legend may have celebrated the big 8-0 last month, but don’t expect him to retire anytime soon. Aside from remaining busy as a touring act – recently announcing shows through November 2012, the singer hints at the possibility of a collaborative project in the future.
“I would love to do a few albums with some different artists,” George tells Billboard. “As far as any singles go, I’m not really looking forward to that. I would love to do some duets again, maybe like some of the funny things that Ernest Tubb and Red Foley used to do years ago.”
Although country great George Jones celebrated his 80th Birthday last month, he won’t need a rocking chair anytime soon. “The Possum” is keeping busy with 35 shows scheduled to date throughout the U.S. and Canada from now through November 2012. As Jones sings, “I don’t need a rocking chair…I do my rockin’ on the stage, you can’t put this possum in a cage.”
Jones said, “I’m always excited to get back out on the road and we’re working up new shows and new songs. I’m feelin’ great and givin’ the road hell!”
If you’ve caught an interview by Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones in recent years, it’s no secret he isn’t a big fan of where the genre has moved in the last decade with the young, crossover acts.
“We’re not into this with the kids,’’ he said in 2006 when he and Merle Haggard recorded an album together. “It’s a lot different sound when you’re singing to kids. These kids have to have a beat mostly. … It’s not traditional country – the old country. You can call that what you want to.’’
ALL-STAR GALA PAYS TRIBUTE TO GEORGE JONES WHILE RAISING FUNDS FOR THE MIRACLE LEAGUE OF CYPRESS MOUNDS
Country Crooner inaugurated into Louisiana Hall of Fame at Event
Baton Rouge, LA (October 14, 2011) – On Monday, October 3, George Jones was honored at a tribute hosted by Louisiana personalities Hollywood Hal & Rhinestone Al. The event raised over $90,000 for The Miracle League of Cypress Mounds, a non-profit organization that helps children with mental and physical disabilities achieve their dreams and play baseball on a specially designed field.
It was a night to remember when children’s TV show characters, Hollywood Hal & Rhinestone Al, honored country music legend, George Jones. Hal & Al, formed by Scott Innes (radio host and voice of Scooby Doo and Shaggy) and Jim Hogg (longtime singer-songwriter,) organized the event and invited many of their fellow VIP guests to attend. The audience included notables such as Marty Raybon (former lead singer of Shenandoah,) Richie McDonald (former lead singer of Lonestar,) Marty Roe (lead singer for Diamond Rio,) Mike Reno (lead singer for Loverboy,) and Jimi Johnson (former lead singer of Survivor.) Mr. Jones also received a special video message from Ronnie Dunn. As Mr. Jones took the stage, he received a standing ovation from the crowd in addition to a 3-D birthday cake in recognition of his 80th Birthday.
The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee celebrates George Jones’ 80th birthday as Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Diffie and Eric Lee Beddingfield perform on the show that made country music famous. Host, Nan Kelley, also interviews the artists backstage. more!
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