News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 18, 2011

Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones not slowing down

Special to the Tribune-Star

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Although country great George Jones celebrated his 80th birthday in September, he won’t need a rocking chair anytime soon.

“The Possum” is keeping busy with 35 shows scheduled to date throughout the U.S. and Canada from now through November 2012. As Jones sings, “I don’t need a rocking chair … I do my rockin’ on the stage, you can’t put this possum in a cage.”

Jones said, “I’m always excited to get back out on the road and we’re working up new shows and new songs. I’m feelin’ great and givin’ the road hell!”

Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer,” first hit the charts in 1955 with his hit “Why Baby Why” and has since garnered more than 140 more while touring extensively. Fans can see the star perform hits such as “White Lightning,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” on initial tour dates listed below.

• Feb. 17: Wabash, Ind., Honeywell Center

• March 23: Metropolis, Ill., TBA

• March 24: Peoria, Ill., Peoria Civic Center

Jones is the No. 2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles in every decade since the ’50s. Jones also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, two Grammy Awards, is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and holds a National Medal of Arts. At 80, Jones continues to be an active country music superstar, headlining dozens of concerts each year. Visit for further information.