10 Questions for George Jones
By Callie Enlow - San Antonio Current
OK, we didn’t actually hang out with legendary country singer George Jones or get anywhere within a 500-mile radius of him. But we pretty much lost interest in Jones since we learned he’s sober and thus unlikely to take us on a late-night riding lawnmower spin to the liquor store. Just kidding! The 79-year-old troubadour and entrepreneur hasn’t slowed down since cleaning up, though he does limit performances to about 60 per year. That means seeing the Possum belt out “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” or any of the other famous tunes from his 50-plus-year career, is a treat as delicious as George Jones Country Sausage, or George Jones Country Gold Cat Food, or George Jones Country … well, you get the picture.
It wasn’t just any ordinary day in Rockford, Ill on Friday November 5th, 2010 and that’s because country music icon George Jones was in town to make a rare appearance at one of Rockford’s most charming and historical venues, The Coronado Performing Arts Center for a sold-out performance. The theaters majestic structure and rich décor made the concert even more special on the beautiful brisk fall evening.
The show began with opening act Brittney Allyn backed by George’s band “The Jones Boys.” George’s band members possess an extraordinary talent for their instruments and their love for music and for George were clearly prominent during the entire show. I’d also like to point out an extremely talent young man named Billy who plays fiddle for Jones. Billy’s only twenty-five years old but his honed skills on the fiddle are absolutely remarkable!! more!
Dear Friends and Fans:
Over the years, the success of our Christmas light display and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause has grown to the point that our private street can no longer accommodate the heavy flow of traffic. It is with great sadness that we are announcing we will not continue the event this year.
It has been our absolute pleasure to have the lights each year for everyone to enjoy. The added pleasure for us came from the money we raised for charity and the toys we have collected for the less fortunate children in our community. We ask that you continue to support these causes as you have over the past years.
We wish you and yours the most wonderful holiday ever and a very Merry Christmas!!!
Nancy and George Jones
Sometimes it pays to listen to other people’s advice. Legendary country singer George Jones, who will appear Nov. 6 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, was reluctant to record a song that he deemed too sad to appeal to anyone.
“One of the saddest songs of all I didn’t want to record,” Jones said. “That song was ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’ I kept saying ‘No’ to my producer, Billy Sherrill. I told him, ‘That song is so sad no one would want to hear it.’ Boy, was I wrong. I am thankful to this day I let him talk me into recording it.”
Jones appears on The Today Show to support new book My Country: 50 Musicians on God, America & the Songs They Love
Nashville, TN – Country music has always played a huge role in the story of American culture, but never has country music—in all its forms—been more of-the-moment than right now. Capturing this moment is award-winning photographer, Melanie Dunea. For her new book, Dunea focuses her camera lens on the musical form most intrinsically linked to American identity- country music. In MY COUNTRY: 50 Musicians on God, America & The Songs They Love, Dunea explores the world of country music, from its gritty roots to today’s country-pop.