By BEVERLY KEEL
George Jones will receive the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors in December in Washington.
The Honors have been compared to a knighthood in Britain or the French Legion of Honor.
“With his unique voice and extraordinary career endurance, singer George Jones has been instrumental in making country music a vital force in American life,” says Stephen A. Schwarzman, Kennedy Center chairman.
Country music icon George Jones has been chosen to receive a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor. Jones, who has been called, the “greatest living country singer,” earned his reputation by diving so deeply into a song’s lyrics that listeners couldn’t help but feel an emotional connection to the song and the singer. The country legend first hit the charts in 1955 and since then has won two Grammys, numerous CMA and ACM Awards, has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and still headlines nearly 100 shows a year.
Don’t miss an all new episode of Country Music Across America with George Jones. George discusses burninf it up with his new album of duets, Burn Your Playhouse Down. more!
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By Mark Bennett
There’s a school of thought regarding cross-genre duets that says “the stranger, the better.” This year’s Snoop Dog-Willie Nelson collaboration leaps to mind.
No such shock-value pairings appear on George Jones’ “Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets.” Even his matchup with Keith Richards on the title track blends smoothly. The Rolling Stones guitarist coaxes the old bad-boy out of Jones as they trade lines of this you-done-me-wrong Lester Blackwell song, including “I’ve got an achin’ in my heart, and arson on my mind; I’m gonna burn your playhouse down.” Jones is 77, and Richards is 64, so we can only hope it’s more retrospective bluster than insidiousness.
George Jones University (GJU), the 2-day seminar program held twice each year, provides a unique and substantive learning environment for music industry hopefuls. Student “possums” attend classes at the Franklin, TN private ranch of George and Nancy Jones where successful entrepreneurs and industry executives provide the instruction.
GJU program topics include touring, performing, booking, management, finances, working with record labels and publishers, and other areas of interest presented by industry executives. Presenters speak about their area of expertise and then allow time for Q&A with the students.