Today, I had the privilege of attending the funeral of the legend that was George Jones.
When I was a young kid, I heard the song “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair”. I thought that was the greatest song ever by a new artist named George Jones. Through my excitement, I was quickly corrected that George was not new but, even at that time, a legend.
I never thought that I would have the opportunity to be at his celebration of life and home going services, but I was.
I have never been prouder to be apart of the country music community. Early this year, I was afforded the privilege of joining the Country Music Association. To my wildest dreams, I never thought I would be adopted in the country music family, but it happened. Though new and still unknown, I am glad that I can perpetuate the legacy of the music I love, and follow in the footsteps of cousin Minnie Pearl, Jerry Clower, Archie Campbell, and other country comedians that was so important to the art and performance of country music.
With this, I want to salute “The Possum” for making an indelible mark on our musical tradition, and further binding such a great community.