Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Country singer George Jones bids farewell to fans with tour

Country music fans received the shocking news today that George Jones will mark an end of an era with a farewell tour. Better known as the greatest living country singer, Jones will mark his final tour as "The Grand Tour."

After over fifty years of touring, George Jones decided that he is ready to slow down to spend more time with family. He was quoted as saying, "it is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come."

George Jones is the second best charting country music artist of all times. He has had hit singles in every decade since the 1950s. He has had 143 Top 40 hit songs, two Grammy Awards, 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, Country Music Hall of Fame member, Grand Ole Opry Member, and a National Medal of Arts winner. This year he was presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments.

The Grand Tour will visit 60 cities in 2013. Fans can expect him to sing hit songs including "White Lightning," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" and "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair".

One thing fans can expect is a new studio album. Dolly Parton has been writing songs for him. At this time, there is no scheduled album release date.

Here is a list of George Jones The Grand Tour Dates for 2012:
08/10 – Boonville, MO – Isle of Capri
08/11 – Lula, MS – Isle of Capri
08/17 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater
08/18 – Durham, NC – Durham Perf. Arts Ctr.
08/30 – Woodstock, VA – Shenandoah County Fair
08/31 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
09/07 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino
09/08 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre
09/21 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
09/22 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Alabama Theater
09/28 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino
09/29 – Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
10/04 – Wichita, KS – Orpheum Theater
10/05 – Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall
10/12 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre
10/13 – Renfro Valley, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
10/26 – Wichita Falls, TX – Kay Yeager Coliseum
10/27 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noel Perf. Arts Center
11/02 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino
11/03 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino
11/09 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre
11/10 – Morton, MN – Jackpot Junction Casino
11/16 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
11/17 – Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall
11/23 – Winnie, TX – Nutty Jerry’s Winnie Arena
11/24 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Casino
12/01 – Elizabeth, IN – Horseshoe Casino
12/15 – Jackson, TN – Carl Perkins Civic Center

For more information on George Jones, be sure to check out www.georgejones.com.