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George Jones Talks ‘Bittersweet’ Final Tour and New Album With Dolly Parton

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After a career of six decades, legendary country music singer George Jones is bringing his touring career to an end with a farewell road trek dubbed ‘The Grand Tour,’ which kicked off in Tunica, Miss. on Feb. 2. In a new interview, the Possum talks about his excitement at the album he’s currently making with Dolly Parton, and looks back on his career with a sense of wistful nostalgia.

“It is a little bittersweet,” the 81-year-old singer tells Billboard of his decision to retire. “I have been blessed to do what I love for all these years and when I return to places that I know I will be performing for the last time it makes me a little nostalgic and sad. I will surely miss my fans and the good people I have met along this journey.”

Jones is also retiring from recording, but not before releasing one final studio album with the help of fellow country legend Parton. “I love Dolly, always have and I am so honored to be doing a project with her,” he states. “She is writing most of the songs and we all know what a great songwriter she is. I am just waiting for her to tell me what to sing and when to sing it!”

Jones won’t be going off into the sunset empty-handed. He’s won armloads of industry awards and accolades, but when it comes to his legacy, Jones says simply, “I would like to be remembered as a singer who stayed true to country music and did it my way.”

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