The Washington Times
The setting is the piney woods of East Texas, early 1940s. A young boy, roughly 10 years old, has persuaded his parents to let him crawl into bed with them on Saturday nights. Nothing to do with night terrors or fear of darkness - the only radio in the house is in their room.
The boy knows he will nod off before his favorite program, the “Grand Ole Opry,” comes on the airwaves. So he says to Mama, “Make sure you wake me up before Bill Monroe comes on.”
Yes, Virginia, there will be a Christmas at George and Nancy Jones’ this year.
Viewing the couple’s outdoor decorations at their Franklin home had become a Christmas tradition for many over the years, but until the past few days, it appeared that this ritual was in danger of going the way of extravagant corporate holiday parties.
George Jones University, a clinic that explains how the country music industry operates, has canceled its March session because of the economy. Tandy Rice, the school’s owner, says GJU is in the process of refunding money to spring registrants.
“We did six of them and loved every one of them,” he says. “It was going great, but then the bottom fell out of the world.
Stephen L. Betts
A CD tribute to songwriter and children’s book author Shel Silverstein is in the works. Alison Krauss, George Jones, Ray Price and Emmylou Harris are among those already on board for the project. Bobby Bare and his son, Bobby Bare, Jr. are the executive producers of the album, which is slated for release on the Sugar Hill/Vanguard label in mid-2009, ten years after Silverstein’s death at age 68.
George Jones, Clint Black, and many more are contributing to a charity CD to help rebuild an Alabama high school destroyed by a tornado last year. Country Crossing Records will release “We Are Enterprise: The Album To Help Rebuild Enterprise High School,” on Dec. 16.
On March 1, 2007, the small town of Enterprise, Ala. (population just over 23,000) was struck by a massive tornado. In the heart of the storm’s path was Enterprise High School. The tornado ripped the roof from parts of the school, destroyed a hallway, the gymnasium and the football stadium. Eight students lost their lives in the devastation.