The Knitting Factory Presents George Jones live in concert Friday, Feb. 24 (6 p.m. doors/7:30 p.m. show) at the Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Tickets ($41-$52.50) are available online at idahotickets.com, at the Morrison Center box office, all Select-a-Seat outlets and by phone at (208) 426-1110.
George Jones was born in 1931 in the East Texas town of Saratoga. As a kid he sang for tips on the streets of nearby Beaumont. By age 24, he had been married twice, served in the Marines and was a veteran of the Texas honky-tonk circuit. On a recording session in 1955 for Starday Records, producer Pappy Dailey suggested he quit singing like his idols, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and try singing like George Jones. The result was “Why Baby Why,” his first Top Five Hit.
In 2003, Jones received the 2002 Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony. The National Medal of Arts is the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. His 50th anniversary as a recording artist was celebrated in 2004 with the release of a three-disc set featuring one hit from each year of his career and a two-hour PBS-TV special that featured a star-studded cast paying homage to Jones by singing his songs.
Once again, even in his later years, Jones’ vocals continue to amaze and evoke an emotional response as strong as his classic hits have over the last 6 decades. Jones, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, has had a chart appearance in each of the last seven decades (’50s through ‘10s) and extends his lead for the most chart appearances of all time to 166 titles and his chart span to 55 years, three months and one week. Jones is added to a short, prestigious list of acts to chart in seven decades, previously achieved by only Eddy Arnold and Elvis Presley.