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Sam Moore Crosses Musical Genres to Pay Tribute to George Jones

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“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.

Sammy Kershaw Salutes George Jones with New Album

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Country music’s Sammy Kerhaw is honoring his late friend and mentor George Jones with the release of a new album dedicated entirely to the “Possum.”  Kershaw will release Do You Know Me? – A Tribute to George Jones on July 22, 2014.  Throughout his career, the Country music industry and critics have consistently compared Kershaw’s vocal style to that of the legendary George Jones.  Kershaw proudly embraces those similarities and holds his memories and personal friendship with Jones very close to his heart.

“When I was four or five years old, I can remember hearing George Jones sing and even though I hadn’t yet lived any of those heartbreaking songs, I could hear that natural tear in his voice and it would make me cry,” says Kershaw.  “I felt every word in every story that he was singing.  I can remember that when I was that little kid, I felt like I already knew him.”

A decade later, Kershaw’s boyhood dream would come true when he met Jones in-person.  Kershaw recounts, “When I was 14 years old I had the honor of meeting Jones for the first time and was able to open several shows for him, which for me was the opportunity of a lifetime.  Sometimes things in life are hard to explain but like I said, I always felt like I knew George Jones before I ever met him.”

Kershaw tackles some of Jones’ biggest career songs on the 14-track album.  The tribute includes Kershaw’s renditions of “White Lightning,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” “The Grand Tour,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “The Race Is On,” among others.  Two all new songs, inspired by Jones, are also included and Kershaw has tapped the “Possum’s” daughter Georgette Jones for the classic duet, “Near You.”

“When it comes to doing a George Jones and Tammy Wynette duet there was no way that I couldn’t ask Georgette Jones to do her mother’s part,” notes Kershaw.  “I knew I wanted her on the album and when I asked her she said yes right away and that sure made me happy. I am so honored to have her on this project.”  On Kershaw and the upcoming tribute album, Georgette Jones remarks, “Sammy has always been one of my favorites and he’s also the closest voice I know to my Dad’s. I’m so thrilled he’s done this tribute and it was a huge honor to record this duet with him. He had a special bond with my Dad and I know he’d be so proud.”

Kershaw adds, “George Jones was and still is the King of Country Soul music and there is no other and there never will be another. I had to do this tribute album to Jones because I believe that if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have ever discovered the talent that God gave me.”

Do You Know Me? – A Tribute To George Jones is produced by Kershaw and will be released through his label, Big Hit Records.  The album will be available in stores as well as digitally through i-Tunes and Amazon.com.  Digital pre-sales are available starting June 23, 2014.

George Jones Scholarship Fund at MTSU Raises in Excess of $171,000

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Nancy Jones, the widow of country music icon George Jones, announced The George Jones Scholarship Fund at Middle Tennessee State University, which has become a living memorial to the late singer, has raised in excess of $171,000.

“George received help from people as he strove to have a country music career, so I am thrilled that we will be able to help young people in the name of George Jones,” Nancy Jones said. “I know he would have loved this.”

In celebration of The Country Music Hall of Fame members passing on April 26, 2013, at the age of 81, Nancy Jones and the Jones family planted two dogwood trees at the “He Stopped Loving Her Today” monument at Woodlawn Cemetery.

“I am determined to keep George’s legacy alive,” adds Jones.  “George loved his fans so much.  They supported him throughout his entire career.”

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’ 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.

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