CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, May 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Clifford Rolwing of CTR Marketing of Charleston, MO, announces the discovery of George Jones' "First Guitar" hanging on a friend's wall in the hills of West Kentucky. George Jones in an interview for Country Weekly magazine in 1999 said of this guitar: "It was a brand new Gene Autry guitar with a horse and lariat on the front" George recalls. "I took it home and it hardly ever left my hands. Note by note, I learned to play it. I've owned countless expensive guitars in my life, but none of them ever meant any more to me than that little Gene Autry model." He treasured the guitar so dearly, that he signed it on the back.
The guitar was a Gene Autry "Cowboy Guitar" built in the late thirties by the Harmony Company. It was given to him by his father and George learned to play and walked the streets of Beaumont, Texas during the depression, playing for tips. Soon his father had George playing and singing those streets for family income. "After my dad got me my first little guitar, I wouldn't lay it down, hardly," Mr. Jones told The Tennessean. "I took it to school with me. I'd hide it in the woods and cover it with leaves, and if a big rain came and it got wet, I'd pour the water out of it. Them guitars never warped." You can still see the water stains inside today.
By 15, Mr. Jones was playing and singing on the streets of Beaumont, Texas. With his initial earnings, Mr. Jones went to a penny arcade, bought candy and played pinball.
At 16, he ran away to Jasper, Texas, where he sang at a local radio station. He later worked the Honky Tonk Circuit of East Texas to hone his craft. It all started with George Jones First Guitar!
Upon discovering the importance of a decorative guitar hanging on his friend's wall, Clifford Rolwing arranged to purchase the guitar from his friend. Clifford offered to purchase the guitar but thought it best to think on it for an evening before making a cash offer. "I thought on it all night and the following day, I made him an offer he couldn't refuse". That was in Jun of 2012. Clifford is now in negotiations with the Country Music Hall of Fame to display the guitar in the proper venue. Clifford said "There is nothing that George Jones has ever owned in his life that is more significant to his becoming "The King of Country Music" than this Historic Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar! It shaped his destiny to become the most famous country singer in modern history."
"I believe that it is of such great value that everyone should have the opportunity to view this piece of history since "The King" has past." Clifford said. The Country Music Hall of Fame would be the perfect venue to offer the public a true appreciation for the "King of Country Music." For more information regarding this guitar and its history call Bob Price at 866-742-2198 or visit www.GeorgeJonesFirstGuitar.com
Clifford Rolwing, who was in Nashville recently to meet with the Country Music Hall of Fame regarding display. He was interviewed by Fox News WZTV and NBC WSMV, while there. Clifford said during the interview, " I am still trying to track down all of the history of the guitar and old photos that may be available from Beaumont, Texas residents to display in the Country Music Hall of Fame and hope that anyone with information will contact me."
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