Country music icon George Jones says he’s ready for one last go-round on tour before retiring from the road.
Jones says in a statement Tuesday that 2013’s The Grand Tour will be his last after more than 50 years on the road. He plans about 60 dates and says it’s hard to quit doing what he loves, but the time has come.
At 81, Jones is widely considered the greatest living country singer, and his contributions to the genre such as He Stopped Loving Her Today and White Lightning remain standards. He’s back on the road this year after postponing or canceling some dates because of an upper respiratory infection that led to a pair of hospital stays.
As part of the 2012 tour, he is scheduled to perform at Embassy Theatre on Sept. 29.
The news release also says Jones will soon begin working on a new album with Dolly Parton.
No timeline has been set for its release.
Kenny G is playing the final note on his marriage after 20 years.
Court records show the musician filed for divorce Thursday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.
The 56-year-old married Balynda Helene Benson-Gorelick in April 1992, and the couple have a 14-year-old son. He is seeking joint custody but does not want to pay his estranged wife spousal support.
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Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Rose Marie is 89. Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston is 64. Actress Tess Harper is 62. Actor Larry Mathews is 57. Actor Zeljko Ivanek is 55. Actor Peter Hermann is 45. Actress Debra Messing is 44. Actor Anthony Anderson is 42. Actor Ben Affleck is 40. Actress Natasha Henstridge is 38. Singer Joe Jonas is 23. Actor-singer Carlos Pena is 23. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is 22.