Nancy Jones, wife of the late George Jones, has announced additional performers for the upcoming "Playin' Possum! The Final NO Show" concert. Taking place at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 22, the sold-out event was originally intended as Jones' final concert appearance in Nashville. Instead, many of country music's biggest and most endearing stars will pay tribute to the late performer, owing their lives for the pioneering work Jones contributed to helping shape the genre.
The newly announced performers include Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Big & Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Bill Anderson and Megadeth. They join previously announced artists Kid Rock, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry and Sam Moore.
"The evening of George Jones songs is going to be the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen,” says Nancy. “We have many surprises planned, and I just wish George could be here to see what we are doing for him."
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine adds, "George Jones had a way of putting his finger right into your wounds and letting you know, 'I understand. I know your pain.' While 'Wild Irish Rose,' may be an unexpected choice with so many great songs to choose from, it is a perfect example of Mr. Jones way of reaching inside every one of us, and making us aware that we all have pain. By far the most pain a man can endure, sadly as so many of our Vietnam Vets know, is to come home and find no one wants him. In the end, as so many do, they end their days inside of a bottle, as 'Rose' knows too well."
Referred to as "the greatest living country singer," Jones leaves an impressive catalog of hits in his wake, including "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." It was his signature vocal stylings and poignant storytelling that marked him as an important turning point in the landscape of country music. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member passed away on April 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was 81.