George Jones at Coronado PAC 11.5.2010

By Christian Scalise



“Country Music Treasure George Jones visits Coronado PAC”


It wasn’t just any ordinary day in Rockford, Ill on Friday November 5th, 2010 and that’s because country music icon George Jones was in town to make a rare appearance at one of Rockford’s most charming and historical venues, The Coronado Performing Arts Center for a sold-out performance. The theaters majestic structure and rich décor made the concert even more special on the beautiful brisk fall evening.


The show began with opening act Brittney Allyn backed by George’s band “The Jones Boys.” George’s band members possess an extraordinary talent for their instruments and their love for music and for George were clearly prominent during the entire show. I’d also like to point out an extremely talented young man named Billy who plays fiddle for Jones. Billy’s only twenty-five years old but his honed skills on the fiddle are absolutely remarkable!!


Taking the stage at 9:00pm, George Jones was warmly embraced by the audience with an immediate standing ovation and solid series of applause which lasted for several moments. Wearing a dark brown leather jacket, button down shirt and a pair of beige dress slacks with cowboy boots, the infamous country legend greeted his fans with down-home performances of “Why Baby Why,” “Once You’ve Had The Best” and “Choices.”


True to his reigning status as one of country music’s pioneer greats; George Jones has been entertaining audiences worldwide since the debut of his very first #1 single released on Mercury Records in 1959, and fifty one years later he still commands a dedicated following and sincere passion for performing.


Any George Jones show wouldn’t be complete without the endless string of hit songs that have forever anchored the superstar’s career and propelled membership into prestigious establishments like the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame (2010).


Songs such as “I Always Get Lucky With You,” “You’re Still On My Mind,” “The Race Is On,” “The Window Up Above” and “Walk Through This World With Me” took fans on a musical journey into the chronicles of George Jones and at many times the highs and lows of his widely publicized tumultuous lifestyle.


It wasn’t until 1983 when Jones married Nancy Sepulvado, his wife of almost twenty-eight years that he found his rock and saving grace. George credits his dear wife Nancy for helping him overcome the dark times in his life, and through her support George has put his drinking days behind him once and for all. Nancy Jones is not only George’s other half but also manages and tours with him.


Having one of the most dynamic and unmistakable voices, a genuinely warm persona, and sly sense of humor; George Jones is the ultimate performer. His captivating stories and personable demeanor with his fans are what keep him atop of his game.


Paying homage to his dear friends in the business, George sang about the dying art of traditional country music on “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” while various images of music greats Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and his former duet partner and ex-wife, Tammy Wynette flashed before our eyes. It was chilling to see all those great stars together on one screen and bittersweet for the ones that we’ve lost over the years.  


Before ending the show stopping evening of pure country music, George offered the audience a spiritual performance of the Country/Gospel tune “Me And Jesus,” a duet with background singer Brittney Allyn on “Golden Ring,” a medley of hit songs “Walk Through This World With Me/She Still Thinks I Care/White Lightning/” and closed out the show with his signature smash-hits “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.”


After witnessing the country legend perform a twenty-six song set list, George Jones definitely doesn’t need anyone’s “rocking chair” and at 79 years old he shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon and shouldn’t!


We’d sincerely like to thank Nancy Jones for her generous accommodations and for the interview/show review opportunity with Mr. George Jones. We are eternally grateful. God Bless you both!!


Full Set List:


1. Why Baby Why


2. Once You’ve Had The Best


3. Choices


4. Bartender’s Blues


5. Same Ole Me


6. I Always Get Lucky With You


7. Black Mountain Rag (Billy Solo)


8. You Oughta Be Here With Me


9. The Man He Was


10. I’m Not Ready Yet


11. You’re Still On My Mind


12. The Race Is On


13. A Picture Of Me Without You


14. Corvette Song


15. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes


16. Me And Jesus


17. Take Me


18. Fire On The Mountain (Billy Solo)


19. If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me, Her Memory Will


20. The Window Up Above


21. Walk Through This World With Me


22. She Thinks I Still Care


23. White Lighting


24. Golden Ring


25. He Stopped Loving Her Today


26. I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair


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