For the first time in 25 years, since the album Yesterday’s Wine, country stars Merle Haggard and George Jones are recording an album together, entitled Kicking Out The Footlights on Bandit Records. Haggard will record five of Jones’ songs and Jones will record five of Haggard’s songs, and they’ll do four duets.
Best of all, fans can get an up close and personal experience with the legends that have influenced the past 50 years of country music when they perform live at City Hall in the Gulch for the TV taping of CMT’s “Cross Country” on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Limited tickets are available at www.CMT.com.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ricky Medlocke has his way, the group’s involvement in country music won’t be limited to participating in last weekend’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The band performed on Thursday (June 8th) at The Coliseum, but before they hit the stage, Medlocke told us of his hopes of recording with a true country legend. “We’ve written a song – it’s a Skynyrd tune. Skynyrd could do it because it rocks, but I swear to God George Jones could help sing it…more!
As recording of the Category 5 Records CD tribute to George Jones gets underway, many top Country artists have lined up to participate, offering their talents to salute the man many consider the greatest Country artist ever. “God’s Country” ships in mid-October. Slated as the debut single, the title track performed by George Jones.
By DAVE FERMAN
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER
FORT WORTH - After a life punctuated by so many missed concerts that he long ago earned the nickname No Show, Texas native George Jones has recently settled into a groove that finds him, at 74, a model of consistency.
Like his concerts in 2002 and 2003, his show Friday night at Bass Hall was slick, smooth and graced by the pinpoint efficiency of his six-man Jones Boys band, and a catalog of hits that spans more than five decades.