Thursday’s (May 2) public memorial for George Jones will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House, and an all-star lineup will be on hand to pay tribute to the entertainer that many call the best singer in country music.
The funeral will include musical performances by Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Kid Rock, Tanya Tucker and Wynonna.
First Lady Laura Bush, Kenny Chesney, Grand Ole Opry’s Pete Fisher, Governor Bill Haslam, Governor Mike Huckabee, Barbara Mandrell and CBS’ Bob Schieffer will all make special remarks.
Garth Brooks and Dierks Bentley will also be in attendance, though not speaking or performing.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Doors will open at 9 a.m. The funeral will be broadcast live on several outlets, including all four of Nashville’s local television stations, as well as on CMT, GAC, RFD and FamilyNet and opry.com, WSM 650 AM and SiriusXM.
••• Update: Music industry members who wish to attend the event should park in the public parking lot shared by Opry Mills and the Grand Ole Opry House. At the front of the Opry Plaza you will be directed to the Music Industry entrance doors of the Opry House, and from there you will be seated in an area reserved for Music Industry professionals. This seating will be accommodated on a first come, first-served basis.
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