Dennis Keim for No Show Productions
Country music legend George Jones passed away on April 26, 2013 at the age of 81. To mark the ten-year anniversary of his death this year, some of country music’s biggest stars gathered to honor him during a special tribute concert.
The concert was called “Still Playin’ Possum” in reference to Jones’ famous “Possum” nickname. It was held on April 25 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The production was executive produced by Jones’ widow, Nancy Jones. She was in attendance and watched the performances from the audience.
The lineup of performers included artists such as Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Tanya Tucker, Jelly Roll, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt, Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Lewis, Sara Evans, and many more.
Over 30 of Jones’ songs were covered throughout the concert. Some of the songs performed included “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “The Race Is On,” “The Grand Tour,” “Bartender’s Blues,” and “She Thinks I Still Care.
A standout moment of the show was when Wynonna Judd and Jamey Johnson united onstage to sing “Golden Ring.” Jones released “Golden Ring” in 1976 with his former wife Tammy Wynette.
“Golden Ring” reached the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart following its release. It is still considered to be one of the greatest country duets of all time.
Before Judd and Johnson started singing, Judd addressed the crowd, saying, “It’s about to get country in here!” And country it was…
Judd and Johnson made a great team. Their voices meshed together perfectly as they moved through the oh-so-familiar lyrics of the chorus, singing:
“Golden ring, with one tiny little stone, waiting there, for someone to take it home, by itself. It’s just a cold metallic thing. Only love can make a golden wedding ring.”
The crowd cheered for Judd and Johnson multiple times throughout the performance. Everyone was loving what they heard from the duo.
They were having a great time too, as Judd made clear after they finished the song. She exclaimed, “I want to do it again!”
You can watch Judd and Johnson’s “Golden Ring” duet over and over again by checking out the video below. It was an outstanding part of the Still Playin’ Possum tribute!
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