The voice of George Jones continues to reign as one of Country Music’s most hallowed instruments. Beginning this spring, fans will have a chance to get a never-before-seen look into the life and career of the musical icon with the opening of the George Jones Museum in Nashville.
Jones’ wife Nancy has announced the museum will open the weekend of April 24, which will coincide with the second anniversary of his passing (April 26). The world-class museum will offer Jones fans a chance to get up close and personal with the singers’ story as never before.
The George Jones Museum will tell the story of the singer – born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. Exhibits will show his development from his childhood to singing as a teenager on the streets of Galveston. There will also be documentation of his time spent serving his country in the United States Marines, as well as his time behind the microphone as a radio announcer for KTXJ in Jasper, Texas – one of the jobs Jones held before stardom.
There will also be screens devoted to each era of his career. He earned his first hit in 1955 with “Why Baby Why,” and continued to be a chart presence well into the 2000s. Footage of historic Jones performances and interviews throughout his career will also be featured. Among his career highlights include the 1962 classic “She Thinks I Still Care,” his marriage and recording partnership with Tammy Wynette from 1969-1975, the recording of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in 1980, as well as his 1992 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visitors will also get a chance to sing along with Jones in an interactive booth, and view many of his awards, Gold and Platinum records, and career memorabilia. There will also be a theater that will show videos of landmark Jones performances, a restaurant, event space, and a gift shop, as well as a 75-foot rooftop bar overlooking the Cumberland River.
The opening weekend will also feature the launch of White Lightning’ Moonshine. A partnership with Silver Trail Distillery (winners of the 2012 SIP Award for best Whiskey Moonshine – as well as developers of the LBL Moonshine that was just picked up by a national distributor), the brand pays homage to the J.P. Richardson-written song of the same title – which became Jones’ first Billboard chart-topper in 1959.
The George Jones Museum will be located at 128 2nd Avenue North in downtown Nashville. Further details regarding opening weekend festivities will be announced in the coming weeks.