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George Jones’ Legacy to be Celebrated on 1 Year Anniversary

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Nancy Jones is planning a celebration and everyone is invited.  On Saturday, April 26th, at Woodlawn Cemetery, friends and fans of the late George Jones are welcome to celebrate his legacy as Nancy will plant two dogwood trees at the “He Stopped Loving Her Today” monument.

“This day is going to be bittersweet,” says Nancy Jones. “I know how much people loved George, and the love has continued even a year later. I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years. I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive.”

Event Information:
Woodlawn Cemetery
660 Thompson Lane
Nashville, Tennessee

1 pm – Nancy Jones will welcome and celebrate the life of George Jones with the planting of two dogwood trees at the “He Stopped Loving Her Today” monument.

2013 End of Year Country Music Wrap Up

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For a genre of music that has not always been considered main stream, country music had no problem staying relevant and more popular than ever in 2013.  Some have been quoted as saying country music is in the middle of its own civil war of sorts with hit makers such as Zac Brown Band calling Luke Bryan’s ‘That’s My Kinda Night’ the, “worse song he has ever heard”Gary Allan also spoke out on the diversity and state of country music this year saying the genre isn’t the same as it was 10-15 years ago.   Although country music is proving it has a cross genre appeal with fans, it is also evident the family of artists who place their music under the label of country music still understand the importance of remembering where their music roots were first planted.

Looking at music charts, 2013 could be considered the year of pop-country at first glance with Taylor Swift holding the Billboard #1 spot for 8 weeks with her ‘Red’ album.  Florida Georgia Line blasted themselves into the country music spot light with their debut album ‘Here’s to the Good Times’ also holding strong for a full 8 weeks.   However, when you dig a little deeper into the charts you will also find the traditional country sound is still popular with fans.   George Strait, Gary Allan and Justin Moore also celebrated #1 albums in 2013.

This year also welcomed a wave of newcomers into country music.  Artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Cassadee Pope, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett and Charlie Worsham put their own spin on today’s country music. They all released new albums in 2013 and gave fans a change from some of the currently over produced sounds that have been making their way into many hit albums this year.

Live music has always been a significant part of country music.  It is still alive and well with Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney continuing to sell out stadiums to fans who continue to be forever faithful.  Luke Bryan hit the road on his first major headlining tour proving he is a new force to be reckoned with on stage.  George Strait was honored this year by Billboard with the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live Award for his final ‘The Cowboy Rides Away’ tour.  Jason Aldean confirmed country music fans are ready to rock by selling out Madison Square Garden in less than 10 minutes.

Taking their entertainment beyond the stage, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban helped country music stay relatable in the homes of millions as they use their musical abilities as judges on reality TV shows “The Voice” and “American Idol.”  In addition, super stars Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Shania Twain reigned supreme on the Vegas strip.

Awards season always brings about buzz and ultimately takes artists from household names straight to radio waves resulting in big bucks and great opportunity for the artists and fans alike.  For the genre of country music, the fans are clearly interested in who takes home the top honors.  This year’s ACM Awards brought in the highest measure in viewers since 1998 while the recent CMA Music Awards drew its biggest audience in four years.

A recap of 2013 would not be complete if I did not mention the loss of George Jones.  “The Voice” of country music fell silent with the passing of the iconic legend on April 26 in Nashville at the age of 81. The loss of the beloved “Possum” showed millions what a true music family looks likes when over 100 artists came together to pay tribute and celebrate his extraordinary life.  “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO SHOW” was the best musical tribute country music has ever seen.

For country fans both old and new, as we listen back to the music of 2013 there is no doubt our genre has become one of diversity that will not allow labels to suppress our love for what we believe in.  We can also stand strong in our music heritage proving that country music has always been about telling a story.  As we look ahead to the New Year, we can be confident in knowing our favorite artists will continue to love us back by putting many miles on their tour buses, bringing us brand new sounds and keeping our community of country music strong with traditions that have been bound in a circle that will not be broken.

Lynn Anderson Involved In Car Accident

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Lynn Anderson has a great excuse for missing the George Jones tribute concert last Friday: she was in a car accident.

Lynn says on her Facebook page her SUV blew its front right tire as she was on her way to the show and she went off the road and into gravel. She says she got “a pretty good cut” on her head. A passer-by saw the accident and called an ambulance.

“I regret that I was unable to make the George Jones Tribute Concert last Friday. I was so looking forward to singing with my girls and singing the praises of the great “Possum.” Unfortunately, my trusty old SUV blew a front right tire on the way to meet my agent and head for Bridgestone Arena. It left the road, and I ended up in the gravel, giving me a pretty good cut on my head.

A good Samaritan saw me leave the road and immediately called an ambulance. Next thing I knew, I was headed to a local hospital and after two days I was released and I’m on the road to recovery. I would like to extend a personal thank you to the gentleman that came to my aid Friday evening. However, I did not even get his name as things were happening so quickly. If you are that person, would you please contact PLA or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I would like to thank you in person. I recently had just undergone surgery to install a pacemaker and was a new user of blood thinners. Because of his actions, I will be able to make a swift recovery. I definitely have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season and look forward to the premiere my new Gospel project and hitting the road in 2014. Thank you for my family, fans and friends for sticking with me and being so supportive.”

Lynn  was released from a hospital after two days.

Family of George Jones Establishes MTSU Scholarship as Living Memorial

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The wife of country music icon George Jones announced Monday that her family has established a scholarship fund at Middle Tennessee State University, which they hope will become a living memorial to the late singer.

Nancy Jones announced the creation of the fund at a Nashville ceremony to unveil a monument to her husband of 30 years. The Country Music Hall of Fame member died April 26 at the age of 81.

“George would have liked the fact that MTSU attracts so many first-generation college students, as well as students who face financial challenges,” Jones said. “Like George, they are hard-working folks who are determined to make their dreams a reality.”

Nancy Jones will be making the first donation to the fund. MTSU Recording Industry Department Chair Beverly Keel, who will oversee the donation drive for the fund, said she hopes the effort will raise enough for multiple scholarships and programs that celebrate Jones’ music and career.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, who attended Monday’s announcement at the Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park, thanked Jones for choosing the university to honor the memory of her husband.

“MTSU is a very appropriate place to honor George Jones because of its nationally known recording industry program,” McPhee said. “We have educated many of the leaders of the country music industry and we are dedicated to teaching students about the important contributions of country music.”

Donations can be made online at www.MTSU.edu/give or by mail at George Jones Scholarship Fund, MTSU, Office of Development, Box 109, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. For more information, call 615-898-5595 or email at devofc@mtsu.edu.

George Jones Week Kicks Off Monday and Fans Are Encouraged to Attend

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George Jones week kicks of Monday, Nov. 18 with the unveiling of a Monument at  Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park.  This will also be accompanied  by a special announcement from Nancy Jones.

Nancy is encouraging fans to come be a part of the special day.

On November 22nd, Nashville and beyond will honor the music legend with an all-star tribute, the date that George was to perform the final show of his illustrious career.

Although the show is SOLD OUT, a special VIP package which includes a show ticket, a VIP pre-show reception with Nancy Jones, and other special items are available on a limited basis. These packages are only available at www.georgejones.com.

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