Sammy Kershaw will honor the late George Jones with his new album, Do You Know Me – A Tribute to George Jones, set for a July 22 release. The album will include some of George’s biggest hits such as “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Sammy credits George for inspiring him to pursue a career in music. “When I was four or five years old, I can remember hearing George Jones sing and even though I hadn’t yet lived any of those heartbreaking songs, I could hear that natural tear in his voice and it would make me cry,” he said. “I felt every word in every story that he was singing. I can remember that when I was that little kid, I felt like I already knew him.”
Sammy met George for the first time as a teenager. “When I was 14 years old I had the honor of meeting Jones for the first time and was able to open several shows for him, which for me was the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said. “Sometimes things in life are hard to explain but like I said, I always felt like I knew George Jones before I ever met him.”
The album will also feature two new songs from Sammy, “The Route That I Took” and “Do You Know Me.” He also included a duet of “Near You” which features George’s daughter, Georgette Jones. “When it comes to doing a George Jones and Tammy Wynette duet, there was no way that I couldn’t ask Georgette Jones to do her mother’s part,” Sammy said. “I knew I wanted her on the album, and when I asked her she said yes right away, and that sure made me happy. I am so honored to have her on this project.”
“Sammy has always been one of my favorites, and he’s also the closest voice I know to my dad’s,” Georgette said. “I’m so thrilled he’s done this tribute, and it was a huge honor to record this duet with him. He had a special bond with my dad and I know he’d be so proud.” George Jones passed away on April 26, 2013 at the age of 81.