Country Legend George Jones at The Lerner on Friday

October 27, 2011

Country singer George Jones was once famous for his tumultuous past, but now, at 80, his life is quieter.

The legend will stop by the Lerner Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday as one of the last stops on his birthday tour.

Jones celebrated his 80th birthday in September with several parties, including one at the Grand Ole Opry. Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Diffie and Eric Lee performed for Jones, and the recording aired on �Opry Live� on the Great American Country network. For fans that missed it, the birthday concert will air on GAC several times Nov. 8 and 9.

Still active, the Texas native recently recorded the theme song for the Adult Swim animated TV series �Squidbillies,� which features an Appalachian squid. The show�s creator said he was a lifelong Jones fan and had been trying to get him to contribute music for a while.

Jones� most recent album came out in 2009. �A Collection Of My Best Recollection� includes classic Jones hits as well as two previously unreleased tracks.

In August, Jones participated in the first Johnny Cash Music Festival, in Jonesboro, Ark. He will return to Indiana on Feb. 17 for a concert in Wabash.

Tickets for Friday�s concert range from $27.50 to $57.50. Call 293-4469 or visit www.thelerner.com for more information.

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