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George Jones Announces His Farewell Tour, New CD in the Works With Help From Dolly Parton [VIDEO]

"The Possum", George Jones
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George Jones has had more than his share of health issues recently. In 2013, George Jones, the country music icon often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” will mark the end of an era with a farewell tour for his fans titled “The Grand Tour”.

After over fifty years of touring, Jones has decided he is ready to slow down and spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren. In a statement from Jones’ on his official website, he says, “It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come”. As a tribute to his loyal fans he wants to tour one more year and let them know, this will be his last.

‘The Grand Tour’ will visit around 60 cities in 2013. The Possum will perform many of his hits such as “White Lightning,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”. But expect to hear new music, too, as the legend also plans to record a new studio album. Dolly Parton has been writing songs for him, and will likely be a featured singer on the project.

There is no scheduled release date at this time.

Dates and venues have not been announced for Jones’ final tour, but he is currently on the road, finishing up his 2012 dates:

8/17 – Savannah, Ga. | Johnny Mercer Theater

8/18 – Durham, N.C. | Durham Perf. Arts Ctr.

8/30 – Woodstock, Va. | Shenandoah County Fair

8/31 – Northampton, Mass. | Calvin Theatre

9/7 – Biloxi, Miss. | IP Casino

9/8 – Houston, Texas | Arena Theatre

9/21 – Huntington, W.V. | Big Sandy Superstore Arena

9/22 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. | Alabama Theater

9/28 – Manistee, Mich. | Little River Casino

9/29 – Fort Wayne, Ind. | Embassy Theatre

10/4 – Wichita, Kan. | Orpheum Theater

10/5 – Arlington, Texas | Arlington Music Hall

10/12 – Branson, Mo. | The Mansion Theatre

10/13 – Renfro Valley, Ky. | Renfro Valley Ent. Ctr.

10/26 – Wichita Falls, Texas | Kay Yeager Coliseum

10/27 – Midland, Texas | Wagner Noel Perf. Arts Ctr.

11/2 – Mahnomen, Minn. | Shooting Star Casino

11/3 – Deadwood, S.D. | Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino

11/9 – Branson, Mo. | The Mansion Theatre

11/10 – Morton, Minn. | Jackpot Junction Casino

11/16 – Peoria, Ill. | Peoria Civic Center

11/17 – Hiawassee, Ga. | Anderson Music Hall

11/23 – Winnie, Texas | Nutty Jerry’s Winnie Arena

11/24 – Bossier City, La. | Horseshoe Casino

12/1 – Elizabeth, Ind. | Horseshoe Casino

12/15 – Jackson, Tenn. | Carl Perkins Civic Center

Here’s The Possum performing “Choices”.

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