Now 80 years old country music legendhas announced one final tour before he officially retires from touring. Jones said that he wants to spend more time with his family. Jones is currently touring and will make one final tour in 2013. “The Grand Tour” will cover around 60 cities and include a number of Jones’ 140 top country hits.
Speaking on his impending retirement Jones said, “it is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come.” Jones has spent over 50 years entertaining fans on the road.
A new album is being planned for some time in the near future but no date has been set for recording or release. Fellow country music iconis writing some new songs for the album.
George Glenn Jones was born in Beaumont, Texas on September 12, 1931 where he grew up listening to Gospel music and the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. Jones began performing while still a teen. He took some time off to serve in the Marines before returning to music.
Throughout his career Jones has earned numerous awards including two Grammy Awards, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honours, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
George Jones tour dates:
August 30 at the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, VA
August 31 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
September 7 at the IP Casino in Biloxi, MS
September 8 at the Arena Theatre in Houston, TX
September 21 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV
September 22 at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC
September 28 at the Little River Casino in Manistee, MI
September 29 at the Embassy Theatre in Fort. Wayne, IN
October 4 at the Orpheum Theater in Wichita, KS
October 5 at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, TX
October 12 at The Mansion Theatre in Branson, MO
October 13 at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley, KY
October 26 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, TX
November 2 at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN
November 3 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino in Deadwood, SD
November 9 at the Mansion Theatre in Branson, MO
November 10 at the Jackpot Junction Casino in Morton, MN
November 16 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL
November 17 at the Anderson Music Hall in Hiawassee, GA
November 23 at Nutty Jerry’s Winnie Arena in Winnie, TX
November 24 at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, IN
December 15 at Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, TN