In 2011, some of country music's biggest stars came together to honor one of their own. That year, country legend George Jones celebrated his 80th birthday, and the Grand Ole Opry decided to make him the guest of honor during a special birthday bash.
Out of all the artists that performed that day, it was Jamey Johnson who stole the show with his seamless medley of some of Jones' biggest hits. Johnson started off singing Jones' "Tennessee Whiskey," which has come back into the spotlight recently after Chris Stapleton covered it.
As Johnson sang, he had an important person watching him from the front row. Jones was there along with his wife, Nancy, and the two of them seemed thrilled by Johnson's performance. The camera kept moving to show Jones in the audience, and he could often be seen smiling and starring in awe at Johnson.
Once Johnson concluded his riveting performance of "Tennessee Whiskey," he moved straight into Jones' 1967 single "Walk Through This World with Me." The song was a number one hit for Jones, and is a classic country staple. Johnson honored the song's classic sound by maintaining it in his own performance.
To wrap up his medley, Johnson sang a stunning rendition of Jones' reflective song "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes." The crowd roared with applause once he finished, and Jones appeared to have tears in his eyes as he waved and smiled at Johnson.
This performance showcases Johnson's talent to its highest degree, which is why you should check it out below. The only thing wrong with it is the fact that it's only eight minutes long!
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