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A man who intersected classic honky-tonk country with contemporary country, Alan Jackson’s musical style has had a tremendous impact on the image and trajectory of country music. Although Alan Jackson worked for years before making it big, his consistency and charm led to success on the music charts once big audiences heard what he had to offer. To discover more about Alan Jackson’s life before country, impact on country, and legacy in country, read onward.
Alan Jackson’s life before country stardom was humble. He was born in the ‘50s, and he grew up in George. From an early age, music was a big part of his life, especially at church. He left school early to marry his high-school girlfriend. This led to a series of random jobs. He even worked at the store chain K-Mart. However, in the midst of the day-to-day grind, he devoted his energy to music, even playing the local clubs in a band, Dixie Steel. As luck had it, Jackson’s wife ran into country star Glen Campbell and handed him Jackson’s demo tape. Soon, the couple relocated to Nashville, in contact with Campbell’s record company.
In his 30s, Alan Jackson was finally on track to make it in country, becoming the first to sign with the new country division at Arista. From here, Alan Jackson’s history is pretty well known. Within a year, he had four Top Five hits, including “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “I’d Love You All Over Again.” He became the need-to-know ‘90s country superstar, controlling the charts alongside Garth. By the end of the decade, he had holiday albums and cover albums. He teamed up with or borrowed from the likes of George Strait, Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, and Jimmy Buffett. In the 2000s, Alan’s popularity was equally legend, though he did switch labels to EMI Records for his 17th studio album. As his career developed, he explored new avenues, such as bluegrass.
As Alan Jackson enter into his third decade of music success, he has decided not to slow down. Concerts, documentaries, DVDs, and tours are still part of his routine. Whether the man is partnering with Reba McEntire in duet or playing a tribute to Loretta Lynn, he still has it. For those longtime fans who are interested in seeing Alan Jackson on tour, search up the details on his latest route. Upcoming stops include Arkansas, Kansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Nebraska, Florida, and Oklahoma.