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January 09, 2012


Country music legend George Jones will perform Tuesday, March 6, at The University of Montana.

Jones will present his show, “The Possum,” in the University Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Main floor tickets are $75. Luge tickets are $65, and balcony tickets are $55.

The country star began his career as a young child, performing for tips on the streets near his hometown of Saratoga, Texas. In 1955 he recorded his first top-vive hit, “Why Baby Why.” Jones continued to rise to the top, but his stardom didn’t come without struggle. Bad management, tax problems, cocaine abuse, alcoholism and massive debt almost destroyed his career.

Jones bounced back to record his most successful single, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” in 1980. The song won him numerous awards, including a Grammy. In 1998 Jones sobered up for good and recorded his “Cold Hard Truth” project, which won him a second Grammy. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and became a living legend of country music. Today, Jones is 76 and performs about a 100 shows a year.

Tickets for the March show can be purchased at the University Theatre Box Office, all GrizTix locations, by calling 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA, or online at





Contact: Thomas Webster, University Theatre director, 406-243-2853,