In 2011, several of country music’s brightest stars joined together to pay tribute to one of their very own. That year, country icon George Jones celebrated his 80th birthday, and the Grand Ole Opry made him the guest of honor for a special birthday event.
One of the many musicians that performed on that day was Jamey Johnson, who stole the show with his smooth medley of several of Jones’ greatest hits. Johnson began singing Jones’ “Tennessee Whiskey,” which reclaimed some of the spotlight that had shifted to Chris Stapleton after he covered it not too long ago.
As Johnson performed, he had a very important person watching him from the front row. Jones was right there with his wife, Nancy, and the two of them appeared to be pleased by Johnson’s performance. The camera kept showing Jones in the audience, and he could often be seen beaming and watching in amazement as Johnson belted out his famous tunes.
Once Johnson ended his fascinating performance of “Tennessee Whiskey,” he went right into Jones’ 1967 single, “Walk Through This World with Me.” This song was a number one hit for Jones, and is a classic country regular. Johnson paid tribute to the song’s classic music by including it in his own rendition.
To conclude his medley, Johnson performed an amazing version of Jones’ reflective song “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.” The crowd roared with applause as soon as he ended the song, and Jones seemed to have tears in his eyes as he waved and smiled at Johnson.
This performance displays Johnson’s talent to its highest level, which is why you should take a look at the video below. The only thing that is wrong with it is the fact that it’s just eight minutes long! We definitely want more!