Moon’s Talks With George Jones – Get the Real Story Behind the Infamous Lawn Mower
In 1992, I had the chance to spend some time with George Jones. We discussed a wide range of topics on Nashville Live, an internationally syndicated radio show I hosted on Sunday nights from Emerald Studios in Music City. After George's death, I remembered I had a tape of that show. My late mother saved many of those tapes and when she died, I retrieved them Out of over a hundred programs, I have very few of them. And, very few photos as well. I have none with George Jones, although my friend Keith Bilbrey has a bunch on his Facebook page. Keith was a WSM deejay and Grand Ole Opry announcer for years. Here is one of my favorites.
George Jones, whose funeral service is tomorrow, entered the Country Hall of Fame later that year. When he was on the show he was unsure he'd go in. He also mentioned who he'd like to duet with.
Randy Travis and George Jones recorded a duet in 1990, A Few Ole Country Boys. I talked with George about that and his storied, hall-of-fame career.
Many stories have been told of George stealing a lawn mower to get to the liquor store. On this audio clip, however, he tells the real story.
Jones later jokingly sang of the lawn mower incident in his 1996 single, Honky Tonk Song, and parodied his arrest in the music video.
If the Lord is willing and the creeks don't rise, I will have some more of these for you tomorrow.