Gary D. Jones Jr. first started learning guitar when he was at a young age. Learning to play by ear and never having a lesson just like his father. “I think I was between the age of 4 or 5 when dad got me my first guitar. It wasn’t anything special, just something for me to get the feel for it and learn to play. I was always amazed how dad could play and sing at the same time.”
Watching his father, Gary Jones Sr. played for the late legendary country music hall of famer Ray Price for 27 years and also for Doug Kershaw before that. Gary Jr. wanted to play guitar and sing for a country artist like his dad.
Later on he found out that he, like his father, had a voice for music so he decided he would be a country music singer and guitarist. When Gary was 12 years old Ray Price started letting him go out on the road with him and the legendary Cherokee Cowboys. “This truly was an honor for me to be able to do that because no other child was aloud to go on the road. Me and the Chief had a very unique friendship”.
Gary grew up knowing Price as “Papa Price”, and by the time he was 15, Price had asked him to be his grandson. “I remember we were on the bus together in Longview,TX for his 79th birthday. We were watching a video of him performing that I had found from back in the late 80’s. He looked at me and asked if he could be my grandfather since mine had already past away. He and my grandfather were always very close. I said yes to that honor. So from that point on everyone knew me as his grandson.”
Even though he was not blood related he would always be known as Price’s grandson. Gary would continue to go with his father and Price on many trips learning the business and making new friends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Benson, Kris Kristopherson, and many more.