Country music legend George Jones is known as much for his iconic songs “White Lightnin’” and “The Grand Tour” almost as much has his infamous antics off the stage (including one night when he was arrested for driving a riding lawnmower to a bar while under the influence). But cleaning up his act and the love of a good woman have allowed the performer once infamously called “No Show Jones” to delight crowds with at least 70 shows a year, including a concert at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center this Saturday.
“There are so many ‘stories’ about me I could never tell half of them or refute them for that matter,” Jones joked in a recent email exchange. “I have become wiser over the years.
The Grand Ole Opry will throw an 80th birthday party for one of country music’s all-time most renowned voices, Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones, during the Tuesday Night Opry Sept. 13. Among those scheduled to participate in the birthday festivities are Opry members Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Diffie, Pam Tillis, and Oak Ridge Boys plus special guests Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, and Eric Lee Beddingfield.
Jones, who will turn 80 on Sept. 12, became a Grand Ole Opry member 55 years ago. His classics have stood the test of time, to say the least, including his first hit in 1955, “Why, Baby, Why,” “White Lightnin’,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” just to name a few.
The stars were out last night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro for the first Johnny Cash Music Festival.
Members of the Cash family and country music stars such as Kris Kristopherson and George Jones as well as Dailey & Vincent and Gary Morris took to the stage to help raise money for the restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess.
Representatives with Arkansas State University say the Johnny Cash Music Festival will be presented annually in participation with the Cash family.
Thisweek on “Country Gold,” Ronnie Milsap is Rowdy Yates’ special guest. We’ll give away his new CD,"Country Again” and talk with him about his impressive career as oneof country’s biggest hitmakers. And, of course, we’ll play his greatesthits. George Jones has the newcountry classic while Alabama hasthe lost classic. Find out what the most requested song of the week isfrom phone calls, Facebook posts, texts and emails. And we’ll be takingyour requests at 1-800-In-The-USA.
by Alanna Conaway - The Boot
Last year, George Jones joined the likes of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff and Willie Nelson, as a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. The tribute ceremony will air on CBS on Dec. 30 and includes other artistic luminaries like Barbra Streisand, rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend of The Who, famed choreographer Twyla Tharp, and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. George says the evening was an overwhelming and emotional night for him.
“Oh my goodness … what a surprise all of that was,” George tells The Boot.