Tonawanda News — It’s been around five years since I decided to shift from writing op-ed pieces to covering the music scene. Over those five years, I have interviewed many legends, and I am sad to say that for the first time someone I interviewed has passed away, country singer George Jones.
At the time of the interview in 2011, Jones was 79 years old and preparing for a show at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. When I was preparing for the interview I wondered if I should broach the subject of the era when he was arrested for a DWI while driving a lawn mower, but in the end, I decided to forego the topic.
Jones had an amazing career by every measure. He had at least one song on the country charts in every decade from the 1950s to the 2010s. He toured right up until his death.
When the interview ran in the Tonawanda News, it was integrated into a feature piece. With the passing of Jones I thought it would be interesting to run the entire interview. It was short, and before the interview I decided to ask a “signature question.” Unfortunately, he wound up being the only person I asked that signature question to before abandoning the idea.
Here, for the first time, is my entire interview with George Jones from 2011:
QUESTION: First, I would like to say it is an honor to be able to interview a country music legend. You have had a long storied career and seem to be able to reflect on your life both in interviews and in music, do you have any recollections of playing shows in the Buffalo area?
ANSWER: Thom, I have played all over the world and I don’t have a specific recollection about a show in the Buffalo area.