Blake Shelton recorded "Mine Would Be You" live at the legendary Electric Lady Studios. The studio has hosted an prestigious group of performers over the years including Bob Dylan, Elvis and John Lennon.
Alan Jackson has rescheduled two shows in Canada this week to attend George Jones's funeral. Wednesday’s concert in Summerside, Prince Edward Island will be held next Monday, and Thursday’s gig in Sydney, Nova Scotia has been moved to next Tuesday.
Alan and the Possum were friends for more than 25 years. Alan says, “He will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music -- there will never be another.”
The funeral will take place this Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Plus, here is Alan doing a nice tribute to George from this past weekend.
The Grand Ole Opry dedicated its shows over the weekend to the late George Jones.
Friday's sold-out Opry performance featured surprise guest Brad Paisley, who closed the show with "Amazing Grace" with Jon Conlee. Montgomery Gentry performed "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," while Christian country artist Jason Crabb covered "He Stopped Loving Her Today." At Saturday's show, newcomers Kristen Kelly and Morgan Frazier performed "Choices" and "White Lightning," respectively.
The fate of what would have been the Possum's final concert is up in the air. George was booked to headline a sold-out, all-star show November 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with performances by Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels Band, Dierks Bentley, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Ray Cyrus. According to the Tennessean, Keith Richards also planned to attend the show. In a handwritten note to the Possum, Keith wrote, "Thank you so much for asking me to your gig. It's a real honor for me. I'll be there by hook or by crook, and I'm 'Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down.'"
(April 26, 2013) – Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and
Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones
died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in
Nashville, Tennessee. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular
12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in
American popular music history. He was the singer of enduring country music hits
including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World
With Me,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the latter of which
is often at the top of industry lists of the greatest country music singles of
“A singer who can soar from a deep growl to dizzying heights,
he is the undisputed successor of earlier natural geniuses such as Hank Williams
and Lefty Frizzell,” wrote Bob Allen in the Country Music Hall of Fame and
Museum’s “Encyclopedia of Country Music.”
Jones was born in Saratoga,
Texas, and he played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He
served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to Texas and recording for the
Starday label in Houston, Texas. In 1955, his “Why Baby Why” became his first
Top 10 country single, peaking at number four and beginning a remarkable
commercial string: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles,
more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular
Jones’ first number one hit came in 1959 with “White Lightning,”
a Mercury Records single that topped Billboard country charts for five weeks. He
moved on to United Artists and then to Musicor, notching hits including “She
Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “A Good Year for the Roses” and “Walk
Through This World With Me.”
Jones signed with Epic Records in 1971 and
worked with producer Billy Sherrill to craft a sound at once elegant and rooted,
scoring with “The Grand Tour,” “Bartenders Blues” and many more. Sherrill also
produced duets between Jones and his then-wife Tammy Wynette, and in the 1970s
they scored top-charting hits including “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and
By the time “Golden Ring” and “Near You” hit in 1976, Jones
and Wynette were divorced, and Jones was battling personal demons. His solo
career cooled until 1980, when he recorded “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a
ballad penned by Curly Putman and Bobby Braddock that helped Jones win Country
Music Association prizes for best male vocal and top single. “He Stopped Loving
Her Today” revived a flagging career, and Jones won the CMA’s top male vocalist
award in 1980 and 1981. He also earned a Grammy for best male country vocal
In 1983, Jones married the former Nancy Ford Sepulvado. The
union, he repeatedly said, began his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol and
prolonged his life. He signed with MCA Records in 1990 and began a successful
run, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. His guest
vocal on Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me” won a CMA award for top
vocal event in 1998, and it became his final Top 20 country hit.
1999, Jones nearly died in a car wreck, but he recovered and resumed touring and
recording. He remained a force in music until his death, playing hundreds of
shows in the new century and collecting the nation’s highest arts award, the
Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement, in 2008. In late 2012, Jones
announced his farewell tour, which was to conclude with a sold-out, star-packed
show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013. Alan Jackson, Garth
Brooks, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Sam Moore, The Oak Ridge
Boys and many others were set to perform at Jones’ Bridgestone
Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his
sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and
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