YES SHE IS GEORGE’S DAUGHTER (AND TAMMY’S)!
Country music fans are in for a special treat this year at the Huntingdon County Fair. The Friday night show at the Midway Stage features Georgette Jones and her friends and colleagues from the Wheeling Jamboree. Born Tamala Georgette Jones, she is the only child of the late George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Georgette started singing with her famous parents at age three, later worked as a backup singer for her equally famous mom and made a song with her dad in 2008. Georgette survived her parents’ stormy relationship, a marriage that ended when she was 4. She is a nurse by profession, but in more recent years, Jones has been a songwriter, an actress in a TV series and a singer who is said to have the looks and voice of her mom. Georgette Jones sang at the Centre County Grange Fair in 2013, a few months after her father’s death, with Tommy Cash. There, she met Shelby Nestler and Jim Wilson of Make Mine Country, a local country music band.
“She asked Jim to join her onstage for a song and we have been friends ever since,” said Nestler. “We have stayed in touch and invited her to be part of the Huntingdon County Fair this year and she agreed!”
Wilson and Nestler will open the show for Jones at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.
Jones is a member of the Wheeling Jamboree, a live stage show in West Virginia since 1933. The 81-year-old Jamboree is the oldest live radio broadcast (WWVA) in the U.S. and the second oldest country music venue next to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. The biggest contemporary names in country music have regularly appeared at the Wheeling Jamboree and it continues its Saturday night shows at the Capitol Music Hall. Nestler and Wilson became members of the Wheeling Jamboree in October 2013. They are currently booked to play there July 12 with Mickey Gilley.
Wilson is known for his “riveting steel licks” on the pedal steel guitar. In the Make Mine Country Band, he also plays lead guitar and bass guitar and sings with Nestler who plays rhythm guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin. Others who comprise the Make Mine Country Band are Ernie Boonie, Mark Boonie, Ron Stewart, Danny Brumbaugh and Jody Shover. Music fans flock to the Huntingdon County Fair’s Midway Stage each year because of the variety of music “booked” by Ilona Ballreich, director of the Huntingdon County Arts Council. Ballreich knows the importance of a mixture of rock, bluegrass, country and old-time folk music to satisfy the local peoples’ tastes.
“I am very excited to have Georgette Jones and the Wheeling Jamboree at the fair this year,” Ballreich said. “It came together in the true spirit of the fair and Huntingdon County: people sharing their resources and connections with the community.
“We are grateful to Jim Wilson who went the extra mile and made it all come together. And, we look forward to a night of great entertainment at the Midway Stage,” Ballriech concluded.
Admission to the Midway Stage is the $5 price at the gates and the stage is covered in case of inclement weather. Seating is provided.
Georgette Jones met Jim Wilson and Shelby Nestler of Make Mine Country at the Centre County Grange Fair. Wilson and Nestler are now associates of Jones at the Wheeling Jamboree.