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George Jones Announces Plans For Farewell Tour, Final Album

8/15/2012

George Jones is making plans to wrap up his career. The country legend has announced that he intends to go on one final farewell road trip next year. Dates haven't been announced yet for "The Grand Tour," but the trek is expected to take Jones to 60 cities throughout the U.S. The 80-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer admits it won't be easy to stop doing something he loves so much, but says "the time has come." George adds that after a 50-year touring career, he's ready to slow down and devote more time to his family. Jones' touring this year has been hampered by illness. He was sidelined for several weeks with a respiratory infection earlier this year. In addition to his upcoming "Grand Tour," George also has dates booked throughout the rest of 2012. His next show will be in Savannah, Georgia on Friday.

Jones will also release one more album. He says Dolly Parton has been writing songs for the project, but doesn't indicate whether she'll also sing on the disc. Dolly had previously mentioned writing material for Jones, and has said she's hoping they'll make one of the tracks a duet. A title and release date haven't been revealed for the upcoming studio effort.

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