THE SWON BROTHERS PAY TRIBUTE TO GEORGE JONES WITH “WHO’S GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES” ON “THE VOICE”

05/14/13

Posted by brandy on May 14, 2013M at 12:43 am

Muskogee’s Swon Brother delivered a poignant and tuneful tribute to the late, great George Jones tonight during “The Voice” live playoffs.

Zach and Colton Swon took to the piano and guitar to perform an acoustic rendition of The Possum’s classic “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.” It showcased both their voices and musicianship as well as their diehard love for country music.

George Jones died April 26 at the age of 81.

The Swon Brothers are competing in the Top 12 on Season 4 of the hit reality TV show. The first duo to make it to the show’s live founds, they are among the three remaining contestants on fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton’s team.

All 12 finalists performed on tonight’s live episode, and voting is now open. To vote, go to http://www.nbc.com/the-voice or buy the song on iTunes, since downloads there also count as votes. Unlike the previous rounds, this time out, the coaches have no saves and no say in who stays and who goes: It’s all up to the public voters now.

“The Voice” performance recap will air from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC, following by the live elimination episode from 8 to 9 p.m.

FULL STORY HERE

GEORGE JONES FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT TO TAKE PLACE AS A ‘TRIBUTE SHOW’

05/07/13

Nashville, Tenn. (May 7, 2013) – The George Jones final Nashville concert, which was set for Friday, November 22, 2013 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, will continue as planned with one change … the show will now become a ‘Tribute to George Jones’, as announced today.

“Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show,” says Nancy Jones. “I have asked Garth, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and others and they all said ‘yes, I am still going to do it’ so with all the artists still planning on coming, we are going to honor George one final time.”

Tickets for the Nashville finale were SOLD OUT previously. Please check with Ticketmaster on any tickets that may come available.

At this time, not all previously announced artists have been contacted. We are in the process of re-confirming all artists. A list of all confirmed talent will be available at georgejones.com

FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO GEORGE JONES AT FUNERAL

05/03/13

Updated 9:09 PM ET

NASHVILLE, TENN. For a guy who sang so many sad songs, George Jones left behind a lot of laughs.

There was more humor than sadness at Jones’ funeral Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House as thousands gathered in Nashville — some arriving hours before sunrise — to pay their respects to the man whose voice has defined country music for more than half a century.

Friend after friend related stories of Jones’ kindness, his love for his widow, Nancy, who’s credited with helping him survive his personal demons later in life, and the funny little moments that will stick with them always.

Barbara Mandrell remembered the kindnesses he gave a scared 13-year-old girl just getting her start in the business. Former first lady Laura Bush remembered dumping quarter after quarter into the jukebox to hear “The Race Is On.” Wynonna Judd remembered his perfect hair and his friendship. And Vince Gill remembered the man who gave him the nickname “Sweet Pea,” a moniker he wasn’t sure he liked at first but now treasures.

“The great thing is every time someone calls me Sweet Pea, I’ll get to think about him,” Gill said before earning a standing ovation for his rendition of “Go Rest High on That Mountain” with Patty Loveless.

The nearly 3-hour memorial was attended by several major country stars and political figures. Nancy Jones sat flanked by Bush and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam spoke, as did former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. CBS host Bob Schieffer recalled a 2009 interview with Jones where the singer’s true personality seemed to show through.

“I came away feeling his whole life was a surprise to him and he never quite believed any of it,” Schieffer said.

Each of the stars who performed had a personal connection to Jones. Randy Travis, who was anointed a traditional country voice by Jones, sang “Amazing Grace,” a song Jones had once put his own personal stamp upon.

“When I heard him do this song, it literally gave me chills,” Travis said.

Paisley remembered Jones allowing him to house his first horse on the Jones family farm and the visits the two would have, then sang “Me & Jesus.” Kid Rock asked Nancy Jones to imagine Jones was actually singing as he performed “Best of Me,” before checking himself to the delight of the crowd.

“I know that’s a huge (leap of) imagination,” Kid Rock said with an embarrassed smile. “Unshaven, long-haired confused country hip-hop rock `n’ roller trying to sing George Jones.”

But it may have been Charlie Daniels who summed up Jones best in a long, beautifully rendered tribute. He noted Jones was probably the most imitated country singer of all time.

“George Jones’ voice was a rowdy Saturday night uproar at a back-street beer joint, the heartbroken wail of the one who wakes up to find the other side of the bed empty, the far-off lonesome whistle of the midnight train, the look in the eyes of a young bride as that ring is placed on her finger, the memories of a half-asleep old man dreaming about the good old days,” Daniels said. “Lost love, lost innocence, good and bad memories, and experiences that are just too much for a human being to deal with. He sang for us all, the non-stop partiers, the guys who are alone and the girl done wrong, the puppy lovers, the extrovert, the introvert and the guy at the end of the bar who never seems to go home … George had a song for everybody.”

The funeral was broadcast live on cable music television channels CMT and GAC and — in a nod to simpler times when Jones was at his biggest — on all local television networks.

The Beaumont, Texas, native was in the midst of a farewell tour that was to have wrapped up with an all-star salute in November in Nashville when he died. He postponed two performances two weeks ago and entered the hospital with a fever and irregular blood pressure. He’d been ill off and on over the previous year.

Jones’ pure, matchless baritone defined the sound of country music for a half century, and his death brought universal reaction from the music community and fans. Known for hits like “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which Alan Jackson used to close the memorial, Jones had No. 1s in four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s and “Possum” remained a popular figure in Music City until his death.

“Brother George taught us how to sing with a broken heart,” Gill said.

Paisley said even though Jones has passed on, his legacy is still there, ready to inspire. He urged young viewers who might be tuning in to check out Jones’ music.

“You must be thinking, `Boy, they’re making a ruckus,"‘ Paisley said. “I would encourage you if you don’t know him, go find him now. Go buy his records and see what all this ruckus is about because it’s worth it.”

MUSIC CITY MOURNS COUNTRY LEGEND GEORGE JONES IN MEMORIAL AT GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE

05/03/13

By Associated Press, Published: May 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For a guy who sang so many sad songs, George Jones left behind a lot of laughs.

There was more humor than sadness at Jones’ funeral Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House as thousands gathered in Nashville — some arriving hours before sunrise — to pay their respects to the man whose voice has defined country music for more than half a century.

Friend after friend related stories of Jones’ kindness, his love for his widow, Nancy, who’s credited with helping him survive his personal demons later in life, and the funny little moments that will stick with them always.

Barbara Mandrell remembered the kindnesses he gave a scared 13-year-old girl just getting her start in the business. Former first lady Laura Bush remembered dumping quarter after quarter into the jukebox to hear “The Race Is On.” Wynonna Judd remembered his perfect hair and his friendship. And Vince Gill remembered the man who gave him the nickname “Sweet Pea,” a moniker he wasn’t sure he liked at first but now treasures.

“The great thing is every time someone calls me Sweet Pea, I’ll get to think about him,” Gill said before earning a standing ovation for his rendition of “Go Rest High on That Mountain” with Patty Loveless.

The nearly 3-hour memorial was attended by several major country stars and political figures. Nancy Jones sat flanked by Bush and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam spoke, as did former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. CBS host Bob Schieffer recalled a 2009 interview with Jones where the singer’s true personality seemed to show through.

“I came away feeling his whole life was a surprise to him and he never quite believed any of it,” Schieffer said.

Each of the stars who performed had a personal connection to Jones. Randy Travis, who was anointed a traditional country voice by Jones, sang “Amazing Grace,” a song Jones had once put his own personal stamp upon.

“When I heard him do this song, it literally gave me chills,” Travis said.

Paisley remembered Jones allowing him to house his first horse on the Jones family farm and the visits the two would have, then sang “Me & Jesus.” Kid Rock asked Nancy Jones to imagine Jones was actually singing as he performed “Best of Me,” before checking himself to the delight of the crowd.

“I know that’s a huge (leap of) imagination,” Kid Rock said with an embarrassed smile. “Unshaven, long-haired confused country hip-hop rock ‘n’ roller trying to sing George Jones.”

But it may have been Charlie Daniels who summed up Jones best in a long, beautifully rendered tribute. He noted Jones was probably the most imitated country singer of all time.

“George Jones’ voice was a rowdy Saturday night uproar at a back-street beer joint, the heartbroken wail of the one who wakes up to find the other side of the bed empty, the far-off lonesome whistle of the midnight train, the look in the eyes of a young bride as that ring is placed on her finger, the memories of a half-asleep old man dreaming about the good old days,” Daniels said. “Lost love, lost innocence, good and bad memories, and experiences that are just too much for a human being to deal with. He sang for us all, the non-stop partiers, the guys who are alone and the girl done wrong, the puppy lovers, the extrovert, the introvert and the guy at the end of the bar who never seems to go home … George had a song for everybody.”

The funeral was broadcast live on cable music television channels CMT and GAC and — in a nod to simpler times when Jones was at his biggest — on all local television networks.

The Beaumont, Texas, native was in the midst of a farewell tour that was to have wrapped up with an all-star salute in November in Nashville when he died. He postponed two performances two weeks ago and entered the hospital with a fever and irregular blood pressure. He’d been ill off and on over the previous year.

Jones’ pure, matchless baritone defined the sound of country music for a half century, and his death brought universal reaction from the music community and fans. Known for hits like “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” ‘’White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which Alan Jackson used to close the memorial, Jones had No. 1s in four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s and “Possum” remained a popular figure in Music City until his death.

“Brother George taught us how to sing with a broken heart,” Gill said.

Paisley said even though Jones has passed on, his legacy is still there, ready to inspire. He urged young viewers who might be tuning in to check out Jones’ music.

“You must be thinking, ‘Boy, they’re making a ruckus,’” Paisley said. “I would encourage you if you don’t know him, go find him now. Go buy his records and see what all this ruckus is about because it’s worth it.”

KEITH RICHARDS: GEORGE JONES WAS 'PURE AMERICAN MUSIC'

05/02/13

By Jon Blistein
May 2, 2013 3:30 PM ET

Keith Richards praises George Jones as “pure American music” in a statement sent by his representative today. “You can hear a million imitations on the radio every day – but there was, and ever will be, only one George Jones,” Richards says.

You can read the Rolling Stones guitarist’s full remarks below. Our full report from today’s public funeral for Jones – which will feature performances from Brad Paisley and Kid Rock, as well as speeches from Kenny Chesney, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former First Lady Laura Bush – will be coming soon.

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In related Jones news, Billboard reports that his album sales have skyrocketed by 1,002 percent since his death last week, moving 35,000 units from his entire catalogue. The top seller was the 1998 compilation 16 Biggest Hits, which sold 9,000 copies this past week, and debuted at Number 42 on the Billboard 200 – the first time the country singer has ever placed higher than Number 53.

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Richards’ full statement:

George Jones has left us. We have lost one of the most individual singers of all time. I cannot express the emptiness I feel.

George was as country as it can get, but he was beyond any bag you want to put him in. He was pure American music without ever waving a flag – you can hear a million imitations on the radio every day – but there was, and ever will be, only one George Jones.

He possessed the most touching voice, the most expressive ways of projecting that beautiful instrument of anyone I can call to mind. You heard his heart in every note he sang. Sinatra called him the second best singer ever. (The number one obviously being Frank!). I would contest that.

I truly loved ‘the possum.’ He was a crazy as me, and just as free… and, oh boy, could he hang.

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