GEORGE JONES REMEMBERED IN TWO TENNESSEE CORN MAZES

09/25/13





















Two corn mazes within driving distance of Nashville are paying tribute to the Possum this fall. Fans can get lost inside the likeness of country legend George Jones during Halloween season. Overhead images of both reveal an older singer in his classic performance-wear and eyeglasses.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm features the corn maze on the left. The farm and Halloween destination is in Springfield, Tenn., 35 minutes north of the Music City. Lyon Family Farm in Taft, Tenn. features the maize maze on the right. This pumpkin patch and corn maze is about 90 minutes south of Nashville.

The Maize Inc. cut both of these mazes, as well as one in Shelby, N.C. that uses Kellie Pickler‘s likeness. They’ve done over 2,000 corn pieces over the last 20 years. Precise GPS technology allows the cutters to add the fine details to images that have become so popular in recent years.

SOURCE URL: http://tasteofcountry.com/george-jones-corn-maze/

GEORGE STRAIT, BLAKE SHELTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT, ERIC CHURCH, REBA McENTIRE AND ALABAMA TO PERFORM AT GEORGE JONES TRIBUTE CONCER

09/16/13

With the SOLD OUT tribute concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov 22 already hosting top names in all genres of music, Nancy Jones is excited to announce the addition of George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama to the all-star lineup.

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

The newly added list of performers will join previously announced artists Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” was on his farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour,” when he passed away. The icon’s hits, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair", “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes", “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely become standards for honky-tonk cover bands for years to come.

2013 GEORGE JONES BIRTHDAY SERVICE

09/12/13

BACK OF THE BILLBOARDS: GEORGE JONES 'SUPER HITS' RETURNS AS COUNTRY FANS REMEMBER APRIL PASSING

09/10/13

WHO: George Jones
WHAT: “Super Hits”
ORIGINALLY RELEASED: 1987
BILLBOARD PEAK: 56 (re-release)
LAST WEEK: Off the chart
WHY?: If you hate country songs that specialize in being down and out, or just down in general, George Jones isn’t the performer for you. “Achy Breaky Heart” may have been popularized as a single by Billy Ray Cyrus in 1991, but Jones had been living the concept of a heartbroken cowboy since he debuted in 1957. His ability to inject pathos into songs such as “Why Baby Why” and “Tennessee Whiskey” made him the envy of vocalists across a range of genres. Frank Sinatra once famously referred to him as the “second best singer in America.”

The best track on “Super Hits,” and the best song in Jones lengthy repertoire (and some have even suggested to be the greatest country song of all time), has to be “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” The track topped the country charts during 1980, and B-side “A Hard Act To Follow” seemed to be about the A-side. The narrative wrenches the heart, as Jones describes a man who constantly prays his love will return to him. She does, to his funeral. The day described in the song’s title was the day of his death.

“Super Hits” was originally released in 1987, and features a mere 10 tracks from Jones career, but they’re a good jumping off point. The album may have reentered the Billboard 200 as fans continue to remember the country legend following his death in April. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” jumped back to no. 21 on the country singles charts immediately following his passing.

GEORGE JONES GOSPEL ALBUM, ‘AMAZING GRACE,’ ON SALE NOW!

08/23/13

Two days before what would have been George Jones‘ 82nd birthday, the iconic singer’s country gospel record ‘Amazing Grace’ will be released.

It seems fitting to release such a personal album close to the day that for so many years, celebrated Jones’ life. On September 20, ‘Amazing Grace’ — which had already been planned and blessed by Jones before his passing on April 26 — will be available for purchase. This album is especially sweet, because gospel music had always brought peace and calm to Jones throughout his turbulent life.

The man lovingly known as ‘Possum’ was reverential in his approach to singing sacred songs. In fact, he didn’t believe vocal theatrics should be involved in that specific style of music, and that was demonstrated so well with his eloquent and moving rendition of ‘Amazing Grace,’ used during the video/ bio segment of his Kennedy Center Honors Induction in 2008.

His version of the song resonated with so many and resulted in hundreds of calls asking for the recording. The record has not been in the marketplace since 2005 (to the degree that is possible in the digital age), but now, fans of Jones can hear that beautiful song, along with many other gospel tunes, this fall.

Jones recorded the gospel songs with producer Billy Sherrill in 2002, with the exception of one track, ‘Great Judgment Morning,’ which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994. The Billy Sherrill songs represent the final sessions between Jones and Sherrill, as Sherrill had retired and was not interested in going back into the studio. However, Jones was persistent in trying to get Sherrill to do one last project, and they finally agreed to do a gospel collection. It also marked the first time that Jones had actually recorded an entire gospel project and not just isolated songs tacked onto the end of secular sessions.

With a legacy of charting records in six decades and earning Gold certification well into his late 70s, Jones will not be forgotten. And with his newest ‘Amazing Grace’ album, he’ll live on in the lives of fans, serenading them with songs so dear to his heart.

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