Mike Huckabee News
Apr 29 2013
Goodbye to a music legend we’ll never stop loving…Several weeks ago, I was invited by George Jones and his lovely wife of 30 years, Nancy, to his farewell concert in Nashville on November 22. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Now, the whole world will miss it. He’ll be a “no show” for that one, but he’ll give that concert with Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and a only a handful of others who deserve to share the stage with him. George Jones died Friday morning at the age of 81 in Nashville. His death stunned his family, friends, and fans like me. George was my guest on my TV show in 2009. Getting to play music with George Jones will remain one of the most cherished moments of my life. My own Dad didn’t live to see me sworn in as Governor, but I told George, I’m not sure my Dad would have been that impressed that I was Governor, ran for President, or hosted a national television show. But if my Dad knew I’d stood on the stage with George Jones, he’d have been impressed.
One of the most respected music producers in Nashville once told me that if 10 of the greatest singers in the business sang the same song, the one you’d remember would be the version by George Jones. When I helped put together an album to raise money for the Wanna Play Fund to raise money for musical instruments for kids, George agreed to do a song for it. His version of Amazing Grace on that CD is amazing. He was an original. Many perform and entertain. Only a few take to the stage as a canvas and are true artists. George Jones was an artist. Our prayers go out to Nancy and his family. And for his command appearance before His Creator, this time, the Possum will show up.