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GAC airs Jones funeral live

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – George Jones's funeral will be aired live by Great American Country will air his funeral service this Thursday, May 2 from 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. Eastern live from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.

Musical tributes will be performed by Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill with Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Kid Rock, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker and Wynonna.

First Lady Laura Bush, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Chesney, Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee and former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, network newsman Bob Schieffer and Opry GM Pete Fisher are scheduled to speak.

GAC's coverage will be anchored by Country Radio hall of famer Bill Cody.

"It is the wish of Nancy Jones and the rest of the family for as many fans as possible to be able to say farewell to this iconic performer," said GAC VP/Programming Suzanne Gordon. "It is our privilege to provide viewers this opportunity for one last goodbye and to hear the heartfelt tributes from those who knew him best."

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The Hits CD review - The Hits
George Jones tends to rely on his past these days, so it's not surprising that "The Hits" is his new CD. The 24-song set does include a few previously unreleased songs, but that may not be enough to persuade all but the diehards to buy this. Jones recorded Eddy Raven's I Should Have Called and Al Anderson-Steven Bruton's I Ain't Ever Slowing Down about five years ago with Keith Stegall producing, and both appear here for the first time. The former is a bit poppy, »»»
Step Right Up 1970-1979: A Critical Anthology CD review - Step Right Up 1970-1979: A Critical Anthology
As retrospectives go, this new 28-track collection of George Jones' work from the 1970s is a bit of an anomaly. While most other compilations present chart-topping singles in chronological order, this single-disc set from the Australian reissue specialists at Raven Records provides an overview of Jones' total artistic output for the entire decade, regardless of chart position. This approach works well in this case because it covers songs not usually included on George Jones compilations. »»»
George Jones: Burn Your Playhouse Down, the unreleased duets CD review - George Jones: Burn Your Playhouse Down, the unreleased duets
There are few revelations in this George Jones duets collection culled primarily from "The Bradley Barn Sessions" (1993 recordings). Producers have their reasons. Perhaps the biggest surprise is when Jones is outsung by one of his duet partners, Georgette Jones, the only child of his marriage to Tammy Wynette. Georgette may have the best singing genes in history, but it is time as much as anything that pushes Dad into a subordinate role on You and Me and Time. The revelation, then, is a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Parton rings true – Dolly Parton may be a brand - sometimes corny jokes about her chest, her blonde wig, rhinestone outfits, hillbilly trash image. But that would be cutting Parton way short because on her first full-scale tour in 25 years, the Tennessee mountain girl retained her lovely singing abilities, story telling and plethora of material from very old to not even released yet.... »»»
Concert Review: Mudcrutch has a future – Forty-six years after the band formed, Mudcrutch finally made its area debut in a show that surged, swelled into a triumphant ending. There is a reason for the gap between forming and showing up in Beantown. After a lone single on Shelter Records in 1974, the band went onto bigger and better things. And for three-fifths of them, that would be Tom... »»»
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