Throughout his career, George Jones has missed many performances for, well, several reasons that we won’t get into here. One performance he didn’t miss? A surprise appearance at Kenny Chesney’s May 14th concert in Lexington, KY. During the Saturday night concert, Jones shocked Chesney by taking the stage mid-way through the show, an appearance that had apparently been in the works for several weeks.
When the Possum, as Jones is often referred to as, walked out for the surprise, Chesney’s band began to play “I Don’t Need Your RockingChair,” prompting the crowd to explode with excitement. When the song was over, Chesney invited Jones for another duet, this time on Jones’ hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Later, Chesney commented on the night’s show.
“There’s nothing like sharing the stage with your heroes and whenGeorge walked on stage in Lexington it was one of the biggest thrills of my life. He means so much to so many and it meant the world to me that he came to the show.”
However, this isn’t the first time the two have worked together. Jones joined Chesney on his most recent album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, for are make of Jones’ “Small Y’all.” Chesney decided to approach Jones about it after being a fan of the song for years. “When we decided to record it for the album, it was a no-brainer to call George and ask him to be apart of it and when he comes in on the song it’s just, it’s so special, cause I love the guy.”
Chesney’s latest single, “You and Tequila,” has been gaining popularity on the Country Billboard Chart. This is the fourth single from Hemingway’s Whiskey, which has produced three number one hits with “The Boys of Fall,” “Somewhere With You,” and “Live a Little.”
This weekend, Chesney’s “Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s Goin’ CoastalTour” will make stops in Columbia, SC (May 19), Atlanta, GA (May 20) andOrange Beach, AL (May 21). On May 25th, Chesney will perform in Tuscaloosa, AL, one of the hardest hit areas by last months devastating tornadoes in the South. As previously announced, Chesney will donate all proceeds from this concert to aid in the relief effort.
For more information regarding relief efforts in the Tuscaloosa area or to make a donation, call 205-758-7588 or visitwww.givetuscaloosa.com. Contributions may be made by making checks payable to “Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund” and mailing them to P.O.Box 020410, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
If you would like to help support all those affected by the disasters in the South, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the AmericanRed Cross Disaster Relief, dial 1-800-REDCROSS or visitwww.Redcross.org.