On Wednesday, Oct. 13 only, active duty and retired military personnel can get tickets for buy one, get one free to the George Jones concert on Friday at Bell Auditorium.
Show your military ID at the James Brown Arena box office, 601 7th St., from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. For more information, call (706) 722-3521.
A Labor Day just ain’t a Labor Day in Catlettsburg, Ky., until the ol’ Possum sings.
For being such an alleged “No Show,” George Jones has gotten to be quite the regular in Catlettsburg, Ky.
Jones has been showing up and making Labor Day some kind of hard-core country wonderful in downtown Catlettsburg since 1999.
The legendary country singer will be in concert at 9 p.m. Monday, topping off a great night of classic country that also features fellow country legend and Pedro, Ohio, native Bobby Bare at 8 p.m., and Wilson Frazier kicking off the show at 7 p.m.
Nashville, TN – George Jones alongside Al Dexter and Ray Winkler will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame on August 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Theater. This year’s special guest performer will be Mel Tillis and the Statesiders. Also performing will be the Justin Trevino Band featuring Tony Booth, Georgette Jones, Frankie Miller, Darryl McCall, Mona McCall, Amber Digby and Curtis Potter. The legendary Ralph Emery will host the event.
Many attempts have been made, but rarely capture in words the immense, singular vocal gifts that have made George Glenn Jones one of the most influential singers in country music history. He is the undisputed successor of earlier primitive geniuses such as Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell—singers who, in turn, so heavily influenced him in his formative years.
You are still touring at 78 years old. What is it about the road that keeps you on it?
I would have to say it is the fans that keep me on it. I still love to entertain them and to connect with them.
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” has been called the greatest country song by some and one of the greatest by many others. What does that song mean to you, and how does it stand out from all the others you’ve recorded?
George Jones managed to shine despite a case of the sniffles. For 75 minutes Thursday night at Bass Performance Hall, country icon George Jones wrestled valiantly with his still-bristling voice. The 78-year-old singer was battling not only the havoc wreaked upon his body during his hell-raising days, but also a far more mundane malady: garden-variety sniffles, brought on by his allergies.
Despite the struggle, Jones – who was visibly irritated and paused frequently to blow his nose, in a vain effort to clear up his instrument – still displayed glimmers of soul, flashes of the Possum connecting with staples like “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Walk Through This,” “World With Me” and “I Always Get Lucky With You.” That inimitable voice, rich with heartache, cannot be silenced so easily. Indeed, much of the evening felt like outright defiance of nature: The spirit is still willing, and the flesh isn’t given a chance to be weak.