GEORGE JONES ‘AMAZING GRACE’ SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

GEORGE JONES ‘AMAZING GRACE’
TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. (July 31, 2013) – Bandit Records will proudly release GEORGE JONES – AMAZING GRACE
on September 10th, two days before what would have been Jones’
82nd birthday.  Jones, a partner in Bandit Records, recorded the gospel
songs with producer Billy Sherrill in 2002 with the exception of one
track, “Great Judgment Morning,” which was produced by Brian Ahern in
1994.

The Billy Sherrill songs represent the final sessions between
Jones and Sherrill.  Sherrill had retired and was not interested in
going back into the studio.  Jones was persistent in trying to get
Sherrill to do one last project and they finally agreed to do a Gospel
Collection.  It also marked the first time that Jones’ had actually
recorded an entire Gospel project and not just isolated songs tacked
onto the end of secular sessions.

“Great Judgment Morning” was one of those songs tacked onto the
end of his Bradley Barn recording sessions.  Assembled that day were
friends such as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky
Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith who all added their vocal
interpretations of that classic gospel favorite.

Jones passed away on April 26, 2013 surrounded by family and friends.  AMAZING GRACE
had already been planned and blessed by Jones before his passing. 
Gospel music had always brought peace and calm to Jones throughout his
turbulent life.  He was reverential in his approach to singing sacred
songs and didn’t believe vocal theatrics should be involved.

His eloquent and moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” was used
during the video/ bio segment of his Kennedy Center Honors Induction in
2008 and resulted in hundreds of calls asking for the recording.  The
record has not been in the marketplace since 2005 (to the degree that is
possible in the digital age).

George Jones was a partner in Bandit Records and his widow, Nancy
Jones, continues to be.  Bandit Records was established in 2000 and
served as the first label that Jones had a vested interest in and the
final record label in Jones illustrious career.  During that time and in
spite of his advanced age, his recordings continued to excite
audiences, earn major award nominations and sell in respectful numbers. 
It is a testament to his talent that Jones had charting records in six
decades and earned Gold certification well into his late 70s.

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