George Jones Monument at Woodlawn Cemetery Unveiled [VIDEO]
Woodlawn Cemetery is to Nashville as Forest Lawn is to Hollywood. It's where many country music legends are laid to rest. Luminaries like Tammy Wynette, Eddy Arnold, Porter Waggoner, Jerry Reed, and others are interred there. And so is the Possum.
I have visited Woodlawn Cemetery and talked with some members of the staff and learned that George Jones has paid for the burial of many country stars--like Johnny Paycheck--who were indigent at the time of their deaths.
Now, George is buried in the same area.
The beginning of "George Jones Week" was marked by the unveiling of the Possum's monument in Woodlawn on Monday.
Thursday night, Terri Clark, Troy Gentry, Darryl Worley and Daryle Singletary will be on hand to celebrate the 53rd birthday of the legendary Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Broadway, just across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium. George Jones performed on Tootsie's stage many a night, according to Nashville historians--both professional AND amateur.
And, of course, the week will culminate Friday night with the George Jones Tribute Concert at Bridgestone Arena. The concert will not be televised.
Here is the final list of guests according to nashvillecountryclub.com:
Alabama, Alan Jackson, Baillie & the Boys, Big & Rich, Bill Anderson, Blake Shelton, Bobby Bare, Brad Paisley, Brenda Lee, Chad Warrix (Halfway to Hazzard), Charlie Daniels, Collin Raye, Craig Morgan, Dailey & Vincent, Daryle Singletary, Dierks Bentley, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Gary Morris, George Strait, Greg Bates, Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Janie Fricke, Jeanne Pruett, Jeannie Seely, Jessi Colter, Jett Williams, Jim Ed Brown, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy C. Newman, Jimmy Wayne, John Conlee, John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Kathy Mattea, Kentucky Headhunters, Kid Rock, Larry Gatlin, Lee Ann Womack, Lee Greenwood, Leona Williams, Lisa Matassa, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, Lynn Anderson, Mandy Barnett, Mark Collie, Martina McBride, Megadeth, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Ray Stevens, Reba McEntire, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie McDowell, The Roys, Sam Moore, Shooter Jennings, Stonewall Jackson, Suzy Bogguss, T. Graham Brown, Tanya Tucker, Teea Goans, TG Sheppard, Thompson Square, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, and Vince Gill … plus some surprise guests!!!!\
It is a veritable "Who's Who" of the history (and future) of country music...plus Megadeth.
It's a week Nashville won't soon forget as Music City honors one of its best...a man many consider to be (and they're probably correct) the greatest country music singer who ever lived.