Hey y’all, it’s Jennifer. I am inside the George Jones Museum on 2nd Avenue sitting on top of a huge rocking chair, something George Jones never needed. Now, a few things you should know about the George Jones Museum. It’s located on 2nd Avenue, and it’s actually an entertainment complex. So, the first floor is a restaurant called Choices. They have great food. I just had a club sandwich. Everything is homemade, even the bread. It is one of the best sandwiches I’ve had. The macaroni and cheese was excellent, also.
The second floor is the museum. You’re going to see a lot of George Jones’s awards, a lot of the suits that he wore on stage, a lot of autographed guitars, and other memorabilia that you wouldn’t expect to see. For example, right now I’m looking at a green John Deere lawnmower. There’s also a huge, beautiful white baby grand piano, and straight in front of me are two boxing gloves. And when you come in here, you’ll see more about those things and learn more about the man, the legend, the icon, the Possum, George Jones.
So, make sure you make the George Jones Entertainment Complex a stop on your list of things to do. Whether it’s coming in to grab a drink and a bite to eat at Choices on the first floor, coming to see the museum on the second floor, or going up to the rooftop to get a great view of the river, you should definitely make the George Jones Museum a stop on your list of things to do in Nashville.
A couple shares their thoughts on the George Jones Museum…
While I was inside the George Jones Museum, I decided to ask other people what they think about the museum. Luckily, I met a couple visiting Nashville willing to share their time and thoughts with us:
“My name is Charles Cornett, and this is my wife Vicki. We’re from North Florida, north of Jacksonville, and we’re here at the George Jones Museum, and we’ve had a lovely visit here like we have in Nashville. In particular, it was exciting to see more of the personal details about George and some of the twists and turns. You know, we were well aware of some of the down times he had in his life, but when you get into the details about what brand of lawnmower he stole to go to the liquor store and…”
“Tell them about his puppy dog Bandit and the little ins and outs.”
“Yeah. There was a lot of really personal mementos from the house that surprised me. I had no idea that he was a collector of personal items, and the Jim Beam decanters were amazing since I’m a Jim Beam fan anyway. Those were really neat. I’d never seen any of those before. The musical instruments, the anecdotes. You know, here’s something I thought was really powerful, the notes from his peers supporting him… I’m sorry. That was impressive seeing from Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings, those notes when he was at his worst. That was cool.”
“It was very interesting to see the different suits and the photographs with him or Nancy or Tammy wearing the outfits and such. It was laid out very nicely and moves through very well so you can see every part including, of course, the big rocking chair.”
Click the video below to see some of the museum’s highlights. This video doesn’t show you everything the museum has to offer, but it gives you an idea of things you’ll see when you visit the George Jones Entertainment Complex. Parts of the museum are interactive, and there’s a small room where you can sing karaoke with The Possum. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, the museum also has a fairly large theater room complete with custom rocking chairs. The theater has a huge screen that shows clips of the show George once hosted on TNN. It’s really neat seeing how some of the stars who were guests twenty years ago have changed.
Entertainers talk about George Jones and play his music…
“Hey! I’m Jamie Baxter. So, George Jones. What do you think of George Jones? Well, I mean, what can you say about George Jones that nobody’s said? It’s country music, some of its best. You know? Anybody who’s anybody is inspired by George Jones and his music, and I think his legacy will live on because he was such an artist, and that’s what they do. You know? Legends never die.”
Next, I ask the lead singer of one of the George Jones Museum’s house bands to weigh in on George Jones. Little did I know this guy actually played with the Possum. So, chatting with front man Elio Giordano is very cool. I’m sure he has lots of stories to tell, but this is what he says during his break.
“Hi, my name is Elio Giordano, I am in Elio and the Hank Sinatra Band, and I’m playing at the George Jones Museum tonight. Every Friday and Saturday I play here, and George Jones was a big influence for me. I started listening to his records when I was really young. I actually did “Love Bug” before George Strait ever did it, long before.
I’ve been in Nashville about twenty years. I’ve played with everybody. I got to play some shows with Tanya Tucker. with George Jones, actually, which was fun. I’ve played on the road with The Mavericks, and Tracy Byrd, and Pam Tillis, and Kathy Mattea, tons of people, and I’m glad to be playing here at the George Jones Museum tonight with the Hank Sinatra Band doing George Jones songs. And, George Jones is a big influence on a lot of musicians. A lot of singers and a lot of people try to mimic him, and a lot of people made their sound from his sound.
And being here is a pleasure and an honor, and getting to work with Ms. Nancy and singing George Jones songs in front of her, for her, is pretty awesome. So, you should come down to the George Jones Museum and check it out. Come see the Hank Sinatra Band, and when we’re not here, I’m also here with the Phil Valdez Trio doing George Jones music. You guessed it. Thanks!”
5 Interesting Facts About “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
- George Jones didn’t want to record the song.
- The hit was recorded in Studio B on Music Row. The Country Music Hall of Fame offers tours of Studio B daily.
- In George Jones’s autobiography I Lived To Tell It All, Jones talks about recording the song. He recants, “I couldn’t get it. I had been able to sing while drunk all of my life. I’d fooled millions of people. But I could never speak without slurring when drunk. What we needed to complete that song was the narration, but Billy could never catch me sober enough to record four simple spoken lines. It took us about 18 months to record a song that was approximately three-minutes long.”
- Another anecdote George tells about “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in I Lived To Tell It All is when he finished recording the song, he looked at the producer, Billy Sherrill, and said, “Nobody will buy that morbid son of a bitch.”
- “He Stopped Loving Her Today” revitalized Jones’s career winning him multiple awards including his first Grammy and CMA Song of the Year two years in a row, to name a few.
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The George Jones Museum
128 2nd Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37201 | (615) 818-0128
Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Monday — Sunday
Senior / Students / AAA – $16
Military – $16
Youth (Ages 6-15) – $13
Child (Ages 5 and under) – Free