George Jones Announces Farewell Tour; Taylor Swift Readies New Record; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | August 15th, 2012

  • So remember how Engine 145 was taking the week off? A bunch of interesting music stuff happened, and if we didn’t tell you it, you’d probably just learn about it on the street.
  • George Jones announced that in 2013, he’ll be embarking on a “final tour” and subsequently retiring from the road to spend more time with his family. “The Grand Tour” will hit approximately 60 cities. Jones also plans to record a new album; Dolly Parton’s writing songs for him.
  • Speaking of Parton, her book Dream More will be released in November. It’ll benefit her Imagination Library program.
  • Brent Grulke, SXSW creative director and former music writer/editor for the Austin Chronicle, passed away on Monday at the age of 52.
  • Taylor Swift’s got a new album, Red, coming out October 22. Also, since she’s dating a Kennedy, she just bought a house in Hyannis Port. And when the Crocs shoe company’s co-founder got arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Boulder, Colorado, he blamed the situation on Swift, who he said was his girlfriend.
  • CMT’s Edward Morris took a look at songs “that use numbers to signify the scarcity, abundance or perseverance of strong emotions.”
  • Here’s an interesting police incident report. It involves a young man who threatened a bartender with bodily harm while swinging a banjo.
  • Darin & Brooke Aldridge released a new video for their song, “Wildflower.”
  • Also coming out on 9/25: John Hiatt’s Mystic Pinball (hear the first single here) and Ricky Skaggs’ Music to My Ears.
  • Delta Rae played “Bottom of the River” for KCRW.
  • This week’s album releases:

Corb Lund Cabin Fever

Radney Foster Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome

Blackberry Smoke The Whippoorwill

The Dust Busters with John Cohen Old Man Below

Susan Cattaneo Little Big Sky

  1. Mattb
    August 15, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Did he? Honestly, I could’ve sworn that press release for George Jones said truly nothing. Usually farewell tours are set-up with real dates when announced! And ‘final albums’ are also well under way, not just stating that Dolly Parton’s writing for him.

    • Juli Thanki
      August 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

      The news post on the official GJ site (subtitled “Country Legend’s final tour”) that we linked to, and our blurb, didn’t say it was a final album, just one he’s planning and “wants to do.” The quote on his site, “It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come,” plus his recent health problems, makes it sound like he will be hanging it up after one last tour. Of course, “The Grand Tour” could always be like Cher’s farewell tour…

  2. Adam Sheets
    August 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

    There was nothing to indicate this this would be his “final” album.

  3. Leeann Ward
    August 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

    At any rate, it’s big news that it’ll be his final tour, even if all the details haven’t been hammered out yet. I’m not totally surprised, considering his recent health problems, but it’s still a little sad.

  4. Leeann Ward
    August 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Matt, I didn’t see anything here about a “final album”?

  5. Rick
    August 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Wow, Juli that’s what I call a short vacation! Let’s face it, you are a workaholic…(lol)

    The most important country music news I’ve seen today is that the JaneDear Girls have officially split up! Yay! Now that is what I call music to my ears. Sadly we have Miss Willie Brown on deck to take their place. Oh well.

    George Jones’ singing voice has been retired for years, so I guess the rest of ole George has finally caught up. Time waits for no one, not even The Possum.

  6. Michael M.
    August 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I saw that weird Crocs story over at The A.V. Club the other day. Made my day, reading that.

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