Beddingfield records with country legend

George Jones sang on Eric Lee Beddingfield's new CD.

Opportunities are not just around the corner but sometimes two tables away, as Eric Lee Beddingfield can tell you.


Just a few months ago, the country rock singer from Dearing, Ga., near Thomson, was eating at a Nashville, Tenn., restaurant.

He and some friends were talking about about how cool it would be if country legend George Jones could be talked into singing along on a new song called The Gospel According To Jones that Beddingfield had just recorded and had co-written with Randy Barber and Adam Fears for Beddingfield's This Life Ain't For Everybody album.

"We get up to leave, and George and (his wife) Nancy are sitting two tables away!" said Beddingfield, who returns to perform in Augusta this weekend.

"I ran to the studio, made a copy of the song, brought it back to the restaurant and told them it would be an honor for George just to listen to the song. I still can't believe a couple of months later I was standing next to him in the studio listening to one of the greatest voice in country music sing on my song!"

Jones not only ended up singing on Beddingfield's recording but also appeared with him in a music video of the song.

The video was filmed at the popular 12th & Porter nightclub in Nashville, Kings Chapel in Arrington, Tenn., and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Springfield, Tenn.

Beddingfield will perform Friday night at Coyote's nightclub, 2512 Peach Orchard Road. Doors open at 8 with the show starting at 9:30 p.m. Call (706) 560-9245 for details.

He spent his growing up years split between Dearing and Augusta before heading to Georgia Southern College in Statesboro where he earned a business degree and started turning country music heads with his band County Line and the band's 2000 CD Feel It In The Air.