George Jones' 'Grand Tour' Will Be His Last
George Jones' 'Grand Tour' Will Be His Last

Country Icon to Retire Following 2013 Tour; Confirms He's Working on Music With Dolly Parton

Country music legend George Jones has announced he'll retire from the road after next year to spend more time with his family. "The Grand Tour" will visit approximately 60 cities in 2013, according to a statement released Tuesday.

"It is tough to stop doing what I love, but the time has come," Jones, who turns 81 in September, said.

Watch George Jones Perform "The Grand Tour"

The Country Music Hall of Fame member and Beaumont, Texas native also plans to record and release a new studio album in the near future. As Billboard previously reported, Dolly Parton is writing songs for the project.

"In my mind, nobody will ever sing better than George for emotion, heart, and feeling," Parton said during an event last week. "I love him -- personally, and I love his singing."

"Grand Tour" dates and additional album information will be released at a later date.

Jones has had a prolific presence on the Billboard charts since 1955's "Why Baby Why" peaked at No. 4. Songs like "Tender Years," "The Window Up Above" and "The Grand Tour" stand as some of Country Music's top performances of all time. His 1980 chart-topper, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," is widely recognized as the all-time greatest song in the genre.

Other hits over the years include "White Lightning" (1959), "We're Gonna Hold" with ex-wife Tammy Wynette (1973), "I Always Get Lucky With You" (1983) and "Choices," which hit No. 30 on Country Songs in 1999.

Jones, currently on tour, plays Savannah, GA on Friday (Aug. 17). Get dates here .