As one would expect, the George Jones Museum is dedicated to the life and music of what some consider to be country music’s greatest singer/song writer. The museum is located within the larger George Jones Entertainment Complex that also features a gift shop, Choices restaurant and bar, and The George, a rooftop lounge complete with live music and stunning views. The museum, which opened in April of 2015, contains numerous artifacts saved over the years by Jones’ widow, Nancy.
in 1931, was given his first guitar at the age of nine and he took it from
there. He amassed thirteen number one
country hits, to include “White Lightnin,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” and the
international favorite, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Jones also was known for the numerous duets
that he recorded with such artists as Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings and B. B.
King. He died in 2013 and is buried in
Located in a
renovated, four-story building, the museum details Jones’ life from beginning
to end, and it focuses on his endearing qualities as well as his flaws. Jones suffered through an addiction to
alcohol for much of his adult life and the museum does not gloss over this tragic
aspect of his life. It details his
numerous marriages and subsequent divorces as well.
museum is first and foremost a celebration of the music of George Jones and its
influence on the industry to this day.
Yes, there is a John Deere riding lawn mower present in the museum, but
it’s not THE lawn mower he once drove eight miles in search of liquor, just a
similar one he owned. At the museum, one
can listen to his music and also view some of his live performances. On display are his many gold records, awards,
the leather jacket he was wearing during a near-fatal auto accident, his
favorite bowling ball and shoes, belt buckles, autographed footballs and many
pairs of cowboy boots in a myriad of colors.