It didn’t take long for the Von Braun Center to sell out the April 25 star-studded concert “Still Playin’ Possum,” a tribute to country music legend George Jones.
Tickets went on sale Dec. 22, but it only took a couple of days for the show to sell out, leaving many music fans scrambling to find tickets. Here’s why folks are so excited about this show:
Still Playin’ Possum: Music & memories of George Jones
The one-night-only concert event “Still Playin’ Possum: Music and Memories of George Jones,” will honor the legacy and music of one of the greatest country singers of all time.
The special television taping event will take place Tuesday, April 25, at Propst Arena in the Von Braun Center, and features a star-studded list of performers, including:
- Brad Paisley
- Dierks Bentley
- Jamey Johnson
- Justin Moore
- Lorrie Morgan
- Mark Chesnutt
- Michael Ray
- Sam Moore
- Tanya Tucker
- Trace Adkins
- Tracy Byrd
- Tracy Lawrence
- Travis Tritt
More performers are expected to be added to the bill, but it is already a pretty amazing lineup gracing the Rocket City.
“George Jones died on April 26, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be ten years since he left us with just his songs, so to produce this night of music to honor his legacy is perfectly fitting. George made history and influenced artists from all genres and many of them will celebrate with us in April. The night will bring lots of emotion for the fans, our family, and anyone who just loved country music.”Nancy Jones, George’s widow
Tickets to Still Playin’ Possum can still be found on the resale market, ranging from $151 per seat to more than $1,600 per seat.
Celebrating a Legend
Jones, a.k.a. “The Possum,” is regarded as one of the most influential singers in American popular music history – not just in country music.
Born in Saratoga, Texas, Jones played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to Texas and recording for the Starday label in Houston.
In 1955, his song “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single, peaking at number four and beginning a remarkable commercial string.
Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.
His first number-one hit came in 1959 with “White Lightning,” a Mercury Records single that topped Billboard country charts for five weeks. He moved on to United Artists and then to Music, notching hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “A Good Year for the Roses” and “Walk Through This World With Me.”
Jones won the CMA’s top male vocalist award in 1980 and 1981 and also earned a Grammy for best male country vocal performance. He signed with MCA Records in 1990 and began a successful run, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
His guest vocal on Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me” won a CMA award for top vocal event in 1998, and it became his final Top 20 country hit.
Jones was 81 years old when he died April 26, 2013.