George Jones Announces His Final Tour for 2013

Country music legend George Jones recently announced his decision to embark on one last farewell tour before his final retirement from the road in 2013.

"After over 50 years of touring Jones, has decided he is ready to slow down and spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren," said the singer's publicist in a recent statement.

The famed singer and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame wants to take it easier going forward after surviving bouts with a persistent upper respiratory infection in recent days.

"It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come," said Jones in a press release.

His final outing will be named after his 1974 No. 1 'The Grand Tour' and will visit approximately 60 cities next year. Its itinerary has not been finalized.

This singer has toured for close to 60 years promoting his music since his first big hit in 1955 "Baby Why."

Along with The Grand Tour, he is also planning to record a new studio album with another country legend, Dolly Parton, who is currently writing songs for the project. The album still does not have an official release date.

Throughout his long career, Jones has charted around 170 singles and is regarded as one of the most talented vocalists in country music history. He has won two Grammys including the Lifetime Achievement Award that he received in 2012.

He also worked with many musicians over the years who have been successful on the Nashville music scene, including Hank Singer, Brittany Allyn, Sonny Curtis, Ron Gaddis, Kent Goodson, Bobby Burkhead, and Dan Schafer.

Jones is currently touring and has scheduled performances up until Dec. 15 of this year.