George Jones Laid to Rest; Woody Guthrie at 100 to Air on PBS in June; Jason Aldean to Co-Host CMT Awards

Juli Thanki | May 3rd, 2013

  • Rolling Stone posted a statement from Keith Richards on Jones’ passing.
  • A few videos from the event are trickling in on YouTube, like Patty Loveless and Vince Gill’s heart-wrenching performance of “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” No word yet on whether GAC or CMT will re-air the service, but we’ll keep you posted.


  • Saving Country Music posted Don Maddox’s memories of first meeting George Jones:  “The guy that was booking us in there said, ‘We got a young feller in the audience, he’s just getting started, and I think he’s gonna go a long way. I was wondering if we could let him get up on the stage and do a song with you guys.’” Don recalls to me from his home in Ashland, OR. “We didn’t know who he was, but we said, ‘Sure, bring him on up!’ So he brought him up and it turns out to be George Jones. Of course he was just getting started then. He wasn’t well known, but this guy [the promoter] said he had what it takes and thought he would go a long way, and any help we could give him, they’d appreciate it… And lo and behold, he did go a long way!” 
  • Jason Aldean will co-host the CMT Awards with Kristen Bell on June 5.
  • Rachel Brooke, Lindi Ortega, and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope made Saving Country Music’s list of “Nine Women Who Could Immediately Make Country Better.”
  • Mountain Heart was featured on WHYY’s On Canvas. Watch here.
  • Woody Guthrie at 100: Live at the Kennedy Center will air on PBS stations beginning June 1. The concert CD/DVD, featuring performances from Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, The Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien, and more, will be released June 11 on Legacy Recordings. (via press releases) Read our review of the concert here.
  1. Karlie
    May 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Some of these George Jones photos/videos links should come with a NSFW warning, because you very well may end up bawling at your desk.

  2. Barry Mazor
    May 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Gee, the 479th Woody Guthrie salute, Maybe we could manage to do one some year, just one, some time, on the legacy of Jimmie Rodgers, this month being the 80th anniversary of his death and all. Even though they don’t teach about him in social studies classes. I bet Woody would have watched.

  3. Daniel Mullins
    May 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm


    And as far as Social Studies classes are concerned, I gave a presentation on Jimmie’s music to my “Music & Nationalism” class this week, and my professor was so impressed my Jimmie’s impact that she asked me to be a guest and present on Jimmie to her “Global Music” class this fall. Academia finally has some hope!

    Love your book, btw. It really opened my eyes.


  4. Barry Mazor
    May 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks, Daniel. I’ve been trying to make a Rodgers salute happen for national TV for some years now, through various routes. Some day we may even get there.

  5. Dave D.
    May 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    @Karlie Amen. I fortunately opted to come home to watch the funeral, rather than stream it at work. I don’t remember the last time I cried, but Vince and Patty had tears streaming down my face. That probably would have been a little hard to explain to my co-workers.

  6. Leeann Ward
    May 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Yes, indeed, Karlie.

  7. TX Music Jim
    May 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Between Vince and Patty and alan at the end of the memorial I had a heckuva time not breaking down. RIP George. I’m sure glad the good Lord let us enjoy the talent he gave you for all these years.

  8. Ken Morton, Jr.
    May 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Karlie, Jim and Leeann, it was very dusty in my house this morning as well.

  9. Janice Brooks
    May 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Where is Owensboro on that list? I hope the expanded Bluegrass museum plans go through. It’s also close to Rosine and about an hour southwest is the memorial to Merle Travis.

  10. Rick
    May 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hey, where is Bakersfield on that list of country music related destinations? Buck’s Crystal Palace theater has some nice displays of Buck’s memorabilia (well, when it’s not on display at the CMHOF anyway). How can you beat the home turf of the Bakersfield Sound? Hmmm…

    Just think, if Jimmie Rodgers had been a socialist “wobbly” member of the IWW thug labor union at the time, and railed against capitalism, he would be just as celebrated today as Woody Guthrie! Leftists do love to celebrate their cultural heroes! Crikey mate.

  11. Luckyoldsun
    May 5, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Jimmy Rodgers did seem to think the thugs were the corporate railroad owners–not the drunks, derelicts and hobos who hopped the trains. I’m not sure his politics would have been all that different from Guthrie’s

  12. Luckyoldsun
    May 5, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Make that “Jimmie”

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