George Jones RIP

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.

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  • Del Brewer

    05/03/2013 05:47 AM

    Thank you for your beautiful comments at George Jones service. Your heartfelt, faith based and inspiring words a great gift to the fans and family.
    My responce was:'how much better off America would be if you were President instead of that arrogant,destructive imposter that is abusing us now!!!'

  • Keith Mccoy

    05/03/2013 01:22 AM

    Mike, Thanks so much for all the kind and true things you talked about at George Jones funeral, it could not have been said any better, Thanks for being a big George Jones fan with all of us.

  • Jodi Blevins

    05/02/2013 05:17 PM

    Thank you for the wonderful comments you made today for George Jones! You were outstanding as usual, humble, and leaving all with God comfort! Well spoken. Heartfelt. It all was a worthy honor to the man who left us so many songs!

  • Marjorie L Beck

    05/02/2013 04:09 PM

    You paid a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man today. It was clear you admired and respected him and his wife. Thank you for your honesty and faith. I've always really liked you, but now I truly admire you! Your faith moved me. God bless you!

  • Kevin Fontenot

    05/02/2013 03:56 PM

    Enjoyed your comments at the George Jones service very much. You captured what he meant to us, his fans. I hope you post the remarks on the website so others can read them. I especially appreciated your comments on how he represented the feelings of Southern men at a time when it wasn't easy for them to express their sensitive sides. Thank you.

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