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Catch a country music sweetheart

Country singer Georgette Jones will sing in Cannon Falls for a matinee performance Wednesday June 4 in the high school auditorium.

Georgette Jones, daughter of Country Music Hall of Famers George Jones and Tammy Wynette, takes the stage for a one-of-kind matinee performance Wednesday June 4 at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium.

The show, presented by Cannon Falls Area Community Education and DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, kicks off with a Texas barbecue lunch followed by the 1 p.m. concert.

“The fact that she has those parents gives people immediate interest,” DayTrippers producer Bill Kenzie said. “They are true Country Music Hall of Famers.”

Kenzie went on to say this show would be the largest his Twin Cities-based company has taken on for an adult-targeted concert in a high school auditorium.

“We have done many plays for children in many different auditoriums, so this is nothing new for me,” he said. “I’m really excited about it. We’ve done nothing quite on this scale for adults.”

The DayTrippers theatre in Bloomington, Minnesota, holds a capacity of 160.

The fully handicap-accessible Cannon Falls High School Auditorium was built in 2009. The facility has been host to numerous band and choir concerts, lyceums, performing arts productions and national acts including Lorie Line, Haley Bonar, Ricky Skaggs and the Cactus Blossoms.

“It’s very acoustically sound,” he said. There are 600 seats, and the thinks there is not a bad seat in the house – including the balcony.

During the show, Jones will perform songs made famous by her mother.

She also performs duets she originally recorded with her father. The bass player in her band will take the George Jones parts. She also ill perform songs from her new CD, “A Slightly Used Woman.”

Jones has been singing with one or both parents since the age of 3. She recorded her first single with her dad, "Daddy Come Home," when she was 10 years old and performed it on an HBO special.

“People coming will be very well satisfied, because of nostalgic material,” Kenzie said. “And people coming to hear her own material will be satisfied. It’s a win-win concert.”

Georgette also worked as a backup singer for her mom. She recorded a duet with Mark McGuinn that was included on his "One Man's Crazy" CD, has appeared on TV shows including “Crook and Chase” and performed at The Grand Ole Opry.

A duet titled "You and me and Time," which she co-wrote for her dad, was released as the first single on his latest CD, "Burn Your Playhouse Down."

She also has filmed the TV series "Sordid Lives" starring alongside Emmy award winner Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace”), Olivia Newton-John, Margaret Cho and others.

“I’m excited to see Georgette. One of my concerns was providing a good audience for her – it looks like we will do that for her,” Kenzie said. “That makes me really happy.”

The barbeque-style lunch includes ribs, chicken and fixings.

If you go...

Who: Georgette Jones

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday June 4

Where: Cannon Falls High School Auditorium, 820 E. Minnesota St.

How much: $42 lunch and show

More info: 952-393-3644 or

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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