George Jones Posthumous Album “Amazing Grace” To Be Released

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Before he could complete his final “The Grand Farewell Tour” tour, country music legend George Jones died last April. Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Vince gill and others paid tribute to Jones during his funeral at the Ryman auditorium and and Randy Travis and Joe Nichols have released tribute tracks in tribute. Now we can look forward to a new release from The Possum himself.

On September 10, two days before what would have been his 82nd birthday, “George Jones – Amazing Grace.” will be released. Jones recorded all the gospel songs on the album in 2002 with producer Billy Sherrill with the exception of “Great Judgment Morning,” which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994. “Great Judgment Morning” includes vocals by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.

The album will be released on Bandit Records, which Jones established in 2000 with his widow, Nancy. The country music star had to convince longtime collaborator Sherill to come out of retirement to make the recordings. One song on the album, Great Judgement Morning, featuring guest vocals by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith, was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994.

“I’ve always said that if I could have made a living some way in gospel music, I would have loved to had that break,” Jones said in early 2000, “but it never was offered to me, a job in that field, so naturally, I got lost on that other road.”

2 Replies to “George Jones Posthumous Album “Amazing Grace” To Be Released”

  1. I believe the album will be fantastic, just as George Jones always was
    Below is a tribute I wrote to Possum

    He may be gone but he will never be forgotten
    Greatest ever country singer, known as Possum
    Compared to a baseballer he was the Babe Ruth
    Yes sir Merle Haggard, man ‘ain’t that the truth

    He’d sing “Whose Gonna Fill Their Shoes” without any flaws
    Don’t go worrying about them George, whose gonna fill yours?
    May have gone to heaven now but you’ll be remembered as a king
    Angels will be so happy now coz Ole George will them to sing

    Most people were fans of yours, simply had no choice
    How could anybody resist listening to that incredible voice
    Remember you forever Possum, memories will never fade
    Happy knowing you lived and died by the choices you made

    Every time I listen to you now and all the songs I love
    I’ll be looking for you through the windows up above
    Possum when you sang I stopped and listened to every word
    Natural I guess, coz you had the best voice I have ever heard

    Used to call you No Show Jones, people thought you a disgrace
    We know you’ll turn up in heaven and you’ll make it a better place
    “Voice like a Stradivarius violin” said Merle, and everyone agrees
    Rest in peace George Jones and thank you sir for the memories

    written by Poeta de Cabra May 11th 2013

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