Nashville, TN (April 18, 2013) – Today, country music icon George Jones was admitted to a local Nashville hospital for observation. During a routine checkup, Mr. Jones was running a slight fever with irregular blood pressure.
This weekend’s shows in Atlanta, Ga. and Salem, Va. are postponed. Information on the rescheduling of these concerts will be available soon.
STORY BY JOSEPH HUDAK
George Jones is still a badass. Sliding into the driver’s seat of his tricked-out Audi, the 81-year-old doesn’t bother to buckle his seatbelt. Instead, he hits the gas and starts descending, with Country Weekly in the back seat, down the winding driveway of his manor in Franklin, Tenn. It’s an impressive, sprawling property, 78 acres in total, his forever-young wife of 30 years, Nancy, says. “You don’t have any rich friends who want to buy it, do you?” she asks. She and George are contemplating selling and moving into a gated community.
George seems fine with that change, but bristles when the idea of turning his current home—with its closets of Nudie suits and walls of awards and photos with presidents and artists like Porter Wagoner—into a Graceland-type attraction is suggested.
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(Left) George meets a young fan in Chattanooga, TN Friday, March 22nd
George Jones’ final tour of his career, dubbed “The Grand Tour,” kicked off in early 2013 and is set to conclude late in the year. Along the way, George will be meeting devoted fans from his 50+ year career, and periodically, we will spotlight some of his biggest fans.