SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Wednesday, country singer Terry Robbins will tell the story and sing some of the songs of the famous American musician, singer, and songwriter – George Jones.
Jones had a 60 year musical career that influenced modern country music and a younger generation of singers including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, and Trace Atkins.
The rags – to – riches George Jones story began with his birth in a small town in East Texas where his formal education ended early. Despite his hard drinking way of life, George’s distinctive voice and a gift for phrasing gained him international fame and a long list of hit records.
Merle Haggard called George’s voice “one of the greatest instruments ever made,” while Waylon Jennings said, “if country singers could choose, they would all sound like George Jones.”
Tammy Wynette was the most famous of George’s four wives and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was his best known song, but there is so much more to know about one of Nashville’s most celebrated honky-tonk singers.
Terry Robbins, a songwriter/singer/musician from Clay County, Alabama, is a member of the Sylacauga Songwriter’s Association. His award-winning CDs include “Long Live the Fiddle and Steel” (Traditional Country CD of the Year from the National Traditional Country Music Association) and “New Memories,” which won the same award for 2017.
Library Director Tracey Thomas invites everyone to join Terry Robbins as he tells George Jones’ story and sings some of his award-winning songs as a part of the SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series – “These Are Our Stories.”
Refreshments will be served at 11:00 a.m. and the program will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Call (256) 249-0961 or email Tracey Thomas at [email protected] for further information.