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Gary Morris sings at the Concert on the Square in Gallatin, Tenn.  (Hill ’n Holler staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Gary Morris sings at the Concert on the Square in Gallatin, Tenn. (Hill ’n Holler staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Gallatin, Tenn. — Opening for Gary Morris at his recent concert here was Georgette Jones, who sang her mom and dad’s songs like “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad,” “The Race Is On” and many more. Georgette sounds a lot like her mom, Tammy Wynette, and some like her dad George Jones. She performed with her two brothers on guitar and a sister-in-law singing backup.
Gary Morris flew in from his Mountain Spirit Lodge in Chromo, Colorado, where it was a cool 38 degrees that morning to perform in an outdoor free concert in the city square where the heat dome heat index was topping out at 107 to 110 degrees. The heat was so intense that he had to mop off between songs. But nonetheless he kicked the heat up higher.
Morris opened the show with “I’m Gonna Love You.” He was moving through the first verse when a train blasted into his song — he paused, closed one eye and raised an eyebrow. No sooner was he working on the second verse than a couple emergency vehicle sirens blew it away. Sorry, I missed the shot of the look on his face.
After the train and sirens subsided, the concert was smooth sailing. My favorite concert song was his rendition of “Finishing Touches,” a piece from his Faded Blue album back in ’89 or ’90. His next song, from the Faded Blue album, was “ My Finest Hour.”
As a nod to nearby Nashville Morris sang “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” the first song he ever sang at the Grand Old Opry. He then went into “Leave Me Lonely” and “Velvet Chains.”
He sang a song from his new album Single Man, and it was “The Love She Found in Me.”. If you want to order this or any of his other albums get on the internet and go to his website www.GaryMorris.com.
Gary was recording “Where Love is King” when the terrorists were attacking during 9/11.
Gary closed out his show with his signature “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Amazing Grace.”
This star, who has performed for U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England, loves horseback riding and fly fishing when he’s not on tour. He is also into mentoring and songwriting sessions.
He hosted a meet and greet before the Gallatin show, and folks, he “looks good”!.And this writer met Gary 34 years ago.
Gary, who has performed at the Grand Old Opry, has also appeared on Broadway in La Bohème with Linda Ronstadt and Les Misérables.
The Gallatin concert was sponsored by the City of Gallatin. Their next shows are scheduled for Aug. 18 with the Michael Vance Trio and Sept. 15 with Bucky Covington.
The next stops on Gary’s tour are Aug. 19, 20 & 21 at the Grandbury Opera House in Grandbury, Tex., and Aug. 27 at the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Shortly after the Gallatin concert Morris was notified he would be inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 18 in Denver.
Mariann HyslopHill ’n Holler staff writer and photographer
Georgette Jones opened for Gary Morris at the Concert on the Square in Gallatin.  (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Georgette Jones opened for Gary Morris at the Concert on the Square in Gallatin. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)


Gary Morris on stage in Gallatin, Tenn.  (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Gary Morris on stage in Gallatin, Tenn. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)


Gary Morris sings.  (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Gary Morris sings. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)


Gary Morris talks to fans after the concert.  (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Gary Morris talks to fans after the concert. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)


Georgette Jones and her backup band -- two brothers on guitar and a sister-in-law singing backup.  (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Georgette Jones and her backup band — two brothers on guitar and a sister-in-law singing backup. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)


The audience for Concert on the Square.  (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

The audience for Concert on the Square. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)


Another view of the audience.  (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Another view of the audience. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)


Gary Morris and Hill ’n Holler writer/photographer Mariann Hyslop.  (Hill ’n Holler photo)

Gary Morris and Hill ’n Holler writer/photographer Mariann Hyslop. (Hill ’n Holler photo)

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