I have been receiving many calls and emails about my recent employment change with George Jones. I would like to make a statement regarding this:
After 28 years of employment with “The Jones Boys,” I was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. Not only is it highly irregular for someone with such a lengthy record of employment to be requested to sign a confidentiality agreement, it also contained extremely broad terms that were unreasonable and incredibly restrictive regarding the last 28 years of my life. This is the first legal document I have ever been asked to sign while employed by George Jones. I never worked under any kind of a contract since I joined the band in 1982. This agreement that was drawn up by the Jones’ lawyer would be legally binding for the remainder of my life.
All of the band members were asked to sign the agreement. After carefully considering the advice of my legal advisors and The Nashville Musicians Union, I made the decision not to sign the document. As a result of my decision, I was terminated along with Tom Killen, the other longest serving member in the band. These kinds of choices that life gives us are never easy but I am comfortable with the decision that I made.
I want to thank the friends and fans that have shown an interest in this matter. I will be continuing my work in my recording studio as well as the other musical interests that I have. I am very excited about what this change in my career will mean for me and am looking forward to the future and the opportunities that it will bring.
June 30, 2011
Update to Update:
I have been receiving many comments regarding my above statement – some positive, and some negative. While I appreciate all of the support, I would encourage you to please not use this as a forum to be mean-spirited, or to insult either point of view. That is not the purpose of this posting. My only intent was to tell my side of the story and to stay in touch with my friends and fans. I do not wish to become involved in any negativity, or to cause adversity among others.
Kent Goodson — July 13, 2011