Tuesday, January 13, 2015
– The George Jones Museum will open in late April in downtown Nashville, the singer's widow announced Monday.
Nancy Jones announced the museum will open the weekend of April 24, which will coincide with the second anniversary of the singer's passing (April 26).
The museum will tell the story of the singer, who was born Sept. 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. Exhibits will show his development from his childhood to singing as a teenager on the streets of Galveston. There will also be documentation of his time spent serving his country in the U.S. Marines, as well as his time behind the microphone as a radio announcer for KTXJ in Jasper, Texas.
There will also be screens devoted to each era of his career. He earned his first hit in 1955 with "Why Baby Why," and continued to be a chart presence into the 2000s. Footage of Jones performances and interviews throughout his career will also be featured. Among his career highlights include the 1962 classic "She Thinks I Still Care," his marriage and recording partnership with Tammy Wynette from 1969-1975, the recording of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" in 1980, as well as his 1992 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Visitors will also get a chance to sing along with Jones in an interactive booth, and view many of his awards, Gold and Platinum records and career memorabilia. A theater will show videos of Jones performances. The museum also will have a restaurant, event space, a gift shop and a 75-foot rooftop bar overlooking the Cumberland River.
The opening weekend will feature the launch of White Lightning' Moonshine. A partnership with Silver Trail Distillery (winners of the 2012 SIP Award for best Whiskey Moonshine), the brand pays homage to the J.P. Richardson-written song of the same title, The song became Jones' first Billboard chart-topper in 1959.
The George Jones Museum will be located at 128 2nd Avenue North in downtown Nashville.