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George Jones Museum Opens!

George Jones Museum Grand Opening

Some of the biggest stars in country music turned out for a red carpet event Thursday, April 23rd, to commemorate the grand opening of the George Jones Museum, celebrating the life and work of one of the icons of country music. More than 800 people turned out for the gala event.

Among those seen walking the red carpet were Naomi Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, T. Graham Brown, John Rich, T.G. Sheppard, Dierks Bentley, and Lorrie Morgan. Country music great Jan Howard strolled the museum and shared first-hand stories of the years she knew Jones. But the biggest star of the evening was Jones himself and a musical legacy spanning more than 50 years.

The museum is the result of years’ worth of effort by Jones’s wife, Nancy, who announced the museum’s creation last fall. The grand opening corresponds to the second anniversary of Jones’s passing, April 26. The new museum is a world-class exhibition that documents Jones’s life and cements his position in the history of country music.

“I was so touched to see how all of George’s friends came out tonight,” said Nancy Jones. “George always thought he didn’t have any friends and he’d tell me to build a museum but no one would come. Well, here we are, and everybody came!”

Also among the museum’s first attendees was Jones’s sister, Helen Scroggins. Now 93, she is the last remaining of eight Jones siblings. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey were among the dozens of celebrities, government officials, and hundreds of music industry professionals who turned out to honor Jones and his legacy.

Spanning more than 44,000 square feet, the George Jones Museum features exhaustive displays of memorabilia and photos, video displays and interactive experiences. The museum also includes a 40-seat, rocking chair theatre that shows clips from Jones’s television broadcasts, concert appearances, and interviews.

In addition to the displays of Jones memorabilia and history in the museum and a lobby gift shop, the George Jones Museum includes two restaurants, a public exhibition space and event center, and a roof-top bar that overlooks the Cumberland River and LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans.

The museum opened to the public Friday, April 24th. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-15. The George Jones Museum is located at 128 Second Avenue North, just one block off of Broadway.

For more information, please visit www.georgejonesmueum.com

Nancy Jones Unveils George Jones Museum Details

Celeb Q&A George Jones

The voice of George Jones continues to reign as one of Country Music’s most hallowed instruments. Beginning this spring, fans will have a chance to get a never-before-seen look into the life and career of the musical icon with the opening of the George Jones Museum in Nashville.

Jones’ wife Nancy has announced the museum will open the weekend of April 24, which will coincide with the second anniversary of his passing (April 26). The world-class museum will offer Jones fans a chance to get up close and personal with the singers’ story as never before.

The George Jones Museum will tell the story of the singer – born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. Exhibits will show his development from his childhood to singing as a teenager on the streets of Galveston. There will also be documentation of his time spent serving his country in the United States Marines, as well as his time behind the microphone as a radio announcer for KTXJ in Jasper, Texas – one of the jobs Jones held before stardom.

There will also be screens devoted to each era of his career. He earned his first hit in 1955 with “Why Baby Why,” and continued to be a chart presence well into the 2000s. Footage of historic Jones performances and interviews throughout his career will also be featured. Among his career highlights include the 1962 classic “She Thinks I Still Care,” his marriage and recording partnership with Tammy Wynette from 1969-1975, the recording of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in 1980, as well as his 1992 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visitors will also get a chance to sing along with Jones in an interactive booth, and view many of his awards, Gold and Platinum records, and career memorabilia. There will also be a theater that will show videos of landmark Jones performances, a restaurant, event space, and a gift shop, as well as a 75-foot rooftop bar overlooking the Cumberland River.

The opening weekend will also feature the launch of White Lightning’ Moonshine. A partnership with Silver Trail Distillery (winners of the 2012 SIP Award for best Whiskey Moonshine – as well as developers of the LBL Moonshine that was just picked up by a national distributor), the brand pays homage to the J.P. Richardson-written song of the same title – which became Jones’ first Billboard chart-topper in 1959.

The George Jones Museum will be located at 128 2nd Avenue North in downtown Nashville. Further details regarding opening weekend festivities will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, please visit georgejones.com

Nancy Jones Presents Zaxby’s with George Jones Collectibles

George Jones

Nancy Jones, the wife of the late country music icon, George Jones, visited with John Harmon (of H and J Foods, LLC and a licensee of Zaxby’s Franchising Inc.) in Franklin, TN earlier this week to deliver an assortment of must-see, fan favorite memorabilia from the Father of Country Music’s personal collection. Items were presented for display at the Zaxby’s restaurant located on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin (where Mr. and Mrs. Jones frequented as a local favorite). The specialty items included an assortment of historical photographs, a one-of-a-kind poster and an autographed guitar.

“George and I dined here together quite often and I still do,” Mrs. Jones said.   “The atmosphere lends itself well to the country music, family-friendly format and to tradition.  I’m confident patrons who are long-time George Jones’ fans will enjoy the items, while serving as a wonderful introduction to the history of country music and making new fans.”

“Mrs. Jones’ thoughtfulness is humbling,” added Zaxby’s franchise owner      John Harmon.  “George and Nancy were welcomed faces as ‘regulars’ and prominent in bringing our community; we hope they felt right at home as part of our family.”

Nancy Jones also has plans to donate items to Harmon’s second Zaxby’s franchise, located at 1108 Hillsboro Road Franklin, TN 37064, with intensions to showcase items at other Zaxby’s franchises in the coming weeks.  (Additional locations to be announced.) The mutual relationship was facilitated by So Good! Entertainment (Jeff Goodwin and Suzzane Skinner)–a premiere agency specializing in marketing, production, music and events (Nashville, TN).

For more information on George Jones, visit georgejones.com.
For more information on Zaxby’s Franchise, visit zaxbys.com.

Sam Moore Crosses Musical Genres to Pay Tribute to George Jones

Sam Moore

“The Legendary Soul Man” Sam Moore, voted one of the 100 top pop voices of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, joins bluegrass group Nu-Blu as a special guest on their upcoming single release “Jesus & Jones,” a song that pays tribute to the late George Jones.

Moore, who had been invited personally by George before he passed away, performed at what became Jones’ tribute show “Playin’ Possum: The Final No Show” in November of 2013. Sam took no time to agree to participate in recording this song.

“I’ve been a fan of George’s music for a long long time and was fortunate enough that we called each other friends,” says Moore. “This song honors him and says what we all have felt about him.”

Nu-Blu is set to release their latest Rural Rhythm Records single “Jesus & Jones,” to radio on July 22nd. The highly anticipated track will serve as the first offering from their forthcoming album, All The Way, due out on September 16.

“We absolutely love this song and its message,” says Nu-Blu’s Carolyn Routh. “We played the demo for George’s widow Nancy Jones and she loved it. With her encouragement we recorded it and just knew we wanted to add a guest vocalist to the recording. Then we thought back to the November tribute show and remembered it was Sam Moore who had just brought the house down. You could see the love he had for George. We connected with Sam and now the recording is done. This is not only Sam’s first time ever to record on a bluegrass song, it apparently is the first time anyone from his genre has participated on a bluegrass recording as a featured guest. How cool is that! To have a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member sing on a bluegrass song. Wow, we are just so thrilled and hope that music lovers enjoy it as much as we did making it.”

This is Sam Moore’s first venture into the bluegrass realm. Over the years, he has crossed over from soul, the genre his hit “Soul Man” named, rhythm & blues, jazz, big band, pop, and country. Sam Moore was nominated for an ACM, and two CMA’s for his collaboration with Conway Twitty of “Rainy Night In Georgia” on the Country, Rhythm & Blues album. Their video is considered a classic and one of the top country duets of all time. This new song, a mix of bluegrass and soul will leave fans wanting more.

All The Way will take Nu-Blu creatively into new boundaries. In addition to the duet with Sam Moore, ‘queen of bluegrass’ Rhonda Vincent is also featured on the album. Come September 16, the world be able to hear all of the new music, and partake in the revolution that is Nu-Blu.

For more information on Nu-Blu, please visit nu-blu.com.

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