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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba & More Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

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The lineup for George Jones‘ Tribute Concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena just got even bigger. In addition to an already packed lineup, it was announced today that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama will also be performing at the November 22nd show.

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

The new list of performers will join an already star-studded lineup that includes Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com.

Country stars react to George Jones’ passing

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It’s been a tragic few days for country music stars and country fans. The legendary George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital, and country stars have reacted in shock and sadness over the loss of an icon. See what some of your favorite stars have said about the great George Jones:

 

Brad Paisley:

“George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have.

We miss you already, George.

Brad”

Dolly Parton:

“My heart is absolutely broken.  George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.  My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends.”

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts:

“He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”

Merle Haggard:

“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.” 

Easton Corbin:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”

Blake Shelton (via Twitter):

Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…

Kelly Clarkson (via Twitter):

Sad to hear about George Jones passing. That man touched a lot of lives with his music. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us. #RIPGeorgeJones

Read more reactions and quotes below:

George Jones Dead at 81

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It’s a sad day for country music.

Country legend George Jones passed away this morning, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 81. The Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry Member was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas on September 12, 1931, and is considered one of the most influential legends in the history of country music. His music spans decades, with “He Stopped Loving Her Today” being arguably one of the greatest country songs of all time.

Jones recently embarked on a farewell tour, title the Grand Tour, to celebrate his career. An all-star farewell concert was planned for November 22 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Jones is survived by Nancy Jones, his wife of 30 years,  his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He’s also survived by an enduring legacy and catalog of country classics. We’re certain that no one will fill those shoes.

George Jones Announces Farewell Tour

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Country music legend George Jones has announced plans for a final tour across North America in 2013. “The Grand Tour” will take the icon through 60 cities as he plays his classics “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “White Lightning,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” and “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair” among countless others. George has returned to the road after a battle with an upper respiratory illness earlier this year.

He will also be releasing an album  with Dolly Parton writing songs for the record. There is no street date yet on that new album, but it’s one he promises he will record for loving it.

See the list of George’s tour dates for the rest of the year below. We’ll be updating it with the 2013 Grand Tour dates when they are available:

 

George Jones Released From Hospital

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Country music legend George Jones was released from hospital, his publicist shares. The Country Music Hall of Fame member was admitted into a Nashville-area hospital last week for tests while battling an upper respiratory illness. He is currently resting at home and recovering from his battle with the illness. He noticed the support of his fans and wanted to thank them for their well wishes:

“I can’t thank my friends and fans enough for all their support. Nancy has got me a new team of doctors to help me get through this, and it seems to be working. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

George, who was forced to postpone shows on doctor’s orders, will reschedule those affected tour dates as soon as he can. Us here at Keepin’ it Country hope that George recovers and is back on his feet shortly!

George Jones Admitted into Hospital

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Country music great George Jones was admitted into a Nashville-area hospital late yesterday afternoon. George has been battling an upper respiratory infection for a while, and he is undergoing testing and evaluation for the illness. While no other information is available at this time, in a post to his official website, his team will try to reschedule George’s tour dates through to June where possible.

We send our best wishes out to George for a speedy recovery!

George Jones Postpones Shows

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Country music legend George Jones has been forced to postpone all his tour-dates up through May 20th due to health reasons. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is recuperating from an upper respiratory illness and has been advised by his doctor to rest at his Franklin, Tennessee home. George is doing much better but will postpone the following tour dates while he recovers:

April 28 Caruthersville, Mo, Lady Luck Casino
May 11  Pembroke, Ont., Pembroke Memorial Centre
May 12  Rama, Ont., Casino Rama
May 13  Kahnawake, QC, Kahnawake Sports Complex
May 15  Halifax, NS  Halifax Forum
May 16  Woodstock, NB, Carlton Civic Centre
May 18  Bouctouche, NB, Civic Centre
May 19  New Glasgow, NS, New Glasgow Stadium
May 20  Yarmouth, NS, Mariner Centre

George Jones, Glen Campbell To Be Honored With Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Recording Academy announced today their Special Merit Award winners for the 2012 GRAMMY awards. Among the all-genre selections are George Jones and Glen Campbell. The ceremony will take place at a special invitation-only reception during GRAMMY week February 11th, 2012 and a formal announcement of the winners will also appear during the television broadcast of the GRAMMY awards. The GRAMMY awards will be held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012 starting at 8 pm EST on CBS.

“This year’s honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture,” said President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow. “It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry. The award is determined by vote of the Recording Academy Board of Trustees. Other artists honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 are the Allman Brothers, Diana Ross, Antonio Carlos Jobin, The Memphis Horns, and Gil-Scott Heron. Steve Jobs, Dave Bartholomew and Rudy Van Gelder will recieve the Trustees Award at the same ceremony.

Jamie O’Neal releases first album in five years

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Country artist Jamie O’Neal finally released her long-awaited album last week. “Eternal” is her first album released in nearly five years.

Released on May 27th, Eternal features O’Neal’s take on 10 classic country hits plus an original bonus track co-written by Jamie. Cover’s include “Golden Ring” (George Jones/Tammy Wynette), “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (Kris Kristofferson), and “Leavin’ On Your Mind” (Patsy Cline).

Check out the official music video for Jamie’s “Wide Awake” and let us know what you think. Are you excited for her new music? Did you get a copy?

Exclusive: Interview with Brent Rupard

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“I remember telling my sister when I was very young, ‘I either want to be like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Garth Brooks.'”

That is my favorite quote from my interview with Brent Rupard.

Brent is a proud Kentuckian who took the leap of faith and headed to Nashville in 2010 to pursue his dream and passion – music.

Rupard (pronounced Rooperd he jokingly noted) is from the small town of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He took a liking to music early in his childhood. After his dad taught him his first guitar chord at age 10, an artist was born as they say and he started writing songs a few years later.

After he made the move to Nashville to pursue his dream career, he soon found a home for his songwriting. With the help of Leann Phelan (ASCAP), he signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music Publishing which is owned by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers.

After about a year of focusing on his writing, he started and is currently working on his debut album. He is hoping for it to be released sometime this year. When asked about his album, he says: “Working on this record has been the highlight of my life. This is a record I’ve always wanted to make. I’ve been fortunate to work on this album with Bryan Simpson and Justin Niebank producing. This record will have the elements of a “rootsy” back porch style with a big ol’ slice of Rock n’ Roll. According to my producer Bryan Simpson, ‘It’s kind of like Garth Brooks meets Levon Helm.’ I have really poured my soul into this project and I hope people get a clear picture of who Brent Rupard is from this debut album.”