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Synopsis:
Honoring one of the most influential, storied, and beloved country music icons in history, Great Performances – George Jones: Still Playin’ Possum is an all-star celebration. Jones’ hits including “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” “The Race Is On,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and many more are performed by Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Brad Paisley, Jelly Roll, Dierks Bentley, Sam Moore, Wynonna, Jamey Johnson, Uncle Kracker, Trace Adkins, Lorrie Morgan, Joe Nichols and other country stars accompanied by a band of Nashville’s top players. Recorded April 25, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the tribute marked the 10th anniversary of Jones’ passing. Great Performances – George Jones: Still Playin’ Possum premieres Friday, February 23 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org, and the PBS App.

Songs Performed:

  • “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” – performed by Jamey Johnson
  • “The Race Is On” – performed by Travis Tritt
  • “Why Baby Why” – performed by Dierks Bentley
  • “A Picture of Me Without You” – performed by Lorrie Morgan
  • “She Still Thinks I Care” – performed by Sara Evans
  • “Golden Ring” – performed by Wynonna and Jamey Johnson
  • “I Always Get Lucky With You” – performed by Gretchen Wilson
  • “Same Ole Me” – performed by Trace Adkins and The Issacs
  • “One Woman Man” – performed by Tim Watson
  • “The One I Loved Back Then” – performed by Tracy Lawrence and Tim Watson
  • “The Blues Man” – performed by Sam Moore
  • “Choices” – performed by Aaron Lewis
  • “White Lightning” – performed by Justin Moore
  • “The Grand Tour” – performed by Tanya Tucker
  • “Window Up Above” – performed by Uncle Kracker
  • “The Door” – performed by Travis Tritt
  • “A Few Ole Country Boys” – performed by Joe Nichols, Justin Moore, and Randy Travis
  • “Yesterday’s Wine” – performed by Charlie Starr and Jamey Jonson
  • “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me” – performed by Joe Nichols
  • “Bartender’s Blues” – performed by Jelly Roll
  • “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – performed by Brad Paisley
  • “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” – performed by Michael Ray with Tracy Byrd, Janie Fricke and Dillon Carmichael

Noteworthy Facts:

  • George Jones achieved 79 top 10 hits and 10 no. 1 hits including “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which is widely recognized as the greatest country song of all time.
  • In his lifetime, George Jones sold over 20 million albums, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a Kennedy Center Honoree, a National Medal of the Arts recipient, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award recipient.

Series Overview:
For more than 50 years on PBS, Great Performances has provided an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Showcasing a diverse range of artists from around the world, the series has earned 67 Emmy Awards and six Peabody Awards. The Great Performances website hosts exclusive videos, interviews, photos, full episodes, and more. The series is produced by The WNET Group. Great Performances is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on PBS.org and the PBS App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO.

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