One country legend honoring another.
Last week made 10 years since we lost the incomparable George Jones, and to honor his memory some of the biggest names in country music came together for a one-night-only Still Playin’ Possum: Music and Memories of George Jones tribute concert.
The event featured performances from Jamey Johnson, Wynona, Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan, Tanya Tucker, Brad Paisley, Jelly Roll, and many, many more to honor the life and music of the Possum.
And it even featured a special appearance from Randy Travis, paying tribute to his friend and one of his biggest influences, George Jones.
Obviously Randy doesn’t sing much anymore following a massive stroke in 2016 that left him with permanent damage, including limited mobility and speech. But that didn’t stop him from showing up to support the man he collaborated with in 1990 on their duet “A Few Ole Country Boys,” and who Jones even credited with inspiring him to keep going when it seemed his career was coming to an end.
Said Jones of Travis in 1991:
“I knew the ole’ boy there and got him to play it several times because I loved the song so much…
That gave me a lot of inspiration to want to try harder and try to make a comeback, try to get on the right track.”
So when it came time to pay tribute to the country music legend on the 10th anniversary of his passing, Travis joined Justin Moore and Joe Nichols onstage during their performance of “A Few Ole Country Boys” – the duet that was originally recorded by Jones and Travis.
His appearance drew the biggest applause of the night from the crowd who was thrilled to see Randy Travis onstage again after all he’s been through – and it provided a fitting tribute to not only George Jones, but those like Randy Travis who carried on his legacy.