Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our November Artist of the Month is Alan Jackson
Boy has time flown by. Our Georgia boy and probably Georgia's biggest gift to country music over the years, Alan Jackson, celebrates 25 years in the business next year. It seems like yesterday that the 27 year old basically debuted on TNN's "You Can Be A Star" in 1985. Then a few years later, he finally had a record deal and first hits of "Here In The Real World", "Chasing That Neon Rainbow" and "Wanted". Alan, along with Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt and Clint Black, become one of the best "classes" of country music stars to ever hit the scene. They, with already hit makers, Randy Travis, George Strait and Patty Loveless, ushered in a return to traditional country to the airwaves, after a 80s decade of mostly "pop country". What Alan started and continued to bring to country music over the next 20+ years was some of the best story telling that country music hadn't seen since Hank Williams, Sr. Probably his best example was the 2001 tribute to 911, with "Where Were You". Alan has always been the "awe shucks" type. Never really wanting to be in the limelight that much. Like his idol, George Strait, even on stage, he's been the "stand there and sing" artist, never relying on the "bells and whistles" that some acts have on stage over the years. For Alan and his fans, it's about the "song". Telling a story with a song has always been the basics of country music and Alan has always embodied that tradition. With songs like "Little Man", "Chattahoochee", "Midnight In Montgomery", Alan told stories in his songs that his fans loved from the moment they heard them. One thing that Alan always did was honor his roots and love for the history of country music. He honored that many times with covers of past hits like "Who's Cheatin' Who" and in 1999 with his "Under The Influence" is tribute to the great country classics, which he in turn made them hits again with "Pop A Top", "The Blues Man" and "It Must Be Love". Alan never ventured far from these roots or changed his style at all. The only thing he's done different (if you can call it that) was two gospel cds and a recent bluegrass album. For 25 years Alan has gave country music some its best songs ever and gave a generation of country music lovers a soundtrack to their lives. With him recently celebrating his 56 birthday, here's hoping the Country Music Hall of Fame will add him to their rolls soon.
Lets look back at Alan's career thru the videos below