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Jones announces final tour

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – George Jones is going to launch his final tour - The Grand Tour - in 2013, he announced today. He also is recording a new disc.

After more than 50 years of touring, Jones has decided he is ready to slow down and spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren. "It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come," he said.

The Grand Tour will visit approximately 60 cities in 2013.

Jones also plans to record a new studio album, and Dolly Parton has been writing songs for him. There is no scheduled street date at this time.

After a brief bout with an upper respiratory infection earlier this year, Jones has returned to the road. Upcoming shows are:

Aug. 17 - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theater

Aug. 18- Durham, NC - Durham Perf. Arts Ctr.

Aug. 30 - Woodstock, VA - Shenandoah County Fair

Aug. 31 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre

Sept. 7 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino

Sept. 8 - Houston, TX - Arena Theatre

Sept. 21 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstore Arena

Sept. 22 - Myrtle Beach, SC - Alabama Theater

Sept. 28 - Manistee, MI - Little River Casino

Sept. 29 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre

Oct. 4 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theater

Oct. 5 - Arlington, TX - Arlington Music Hall

Oct. 12 - Branson, MO - The Mansion Theatre

Oct. 13 - Renfro Valley, KY - Renfro Valley Ent. Ctr.

Oct. 26 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum

Oct. 27 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Perf. Arts Ctr.

Nov. 2 - Mahnomen, MN - Shooting Star Casino

Nov. 3 - Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino

Nov. 9 - Branson, MO - The Mansion Theatre

Nov. 10 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino

Nov. 16 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center

Nov. 17 - Hiawassee, GA - Anderson Music Hall

Nov. 23 - Winnie, TX - Nutty Jerry's Winnie Arena

Nov. 24 - Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Casino

Dec. 1 - Elizabeth, IN - Horseshoe Casino

Dec. 15 - Jackson, TN - Carl Perkins Civic Center

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