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.
Grand Ole Opry members Alan Jackson and George Jones are among the country artists donating decorated guitars to an Opry Trust Fund benefit auction for flood relief in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The event will take place June 11 at 3 p.m. at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during the CMA Music Festival. Chris Young will perform during the event. Other contributing country artists include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Danny Gokey, the Judds, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker. more!
Some of country music’s biggest stars are donating their time, talent and money to help Nashville recover from the flood.
Taylor Swift pledged $500,000 for flood relief during a telethon last night hosted by Vince Gill on local TV station WSMV. The telethon raised an estimated $1.7 million for the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
During an appearance on FOX News, country music legend George Jones and fellow singer John Rich (seen in the photo above) urged fans to donate $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.
Despite the floods in middle Tennessee the show must go on! Join country icon George Jones at the Grand Ole Opry on May 11th. Due to the recent flooding the show will be held at the Ryman Auditorium. more! You can order your tickets online at opry.com or call 1-800-SEE-OPRY. Plus, as a special fan of George Jones, you can take advantage of a $3 off discount! Just mention code WEBFAN when ordering your tickets.