Alan Jackson Gives Zac Brown a Cadillac

Photo courtesy of twitter.com/zacbrownband. Dec. 29 was a very special night for Zac Brown. The Zac Brown Band played a show in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. Zac asked country superstar Alan Jackson to be his special guest and they sang their chart-topping hit, “As She’s Walking Away,” which features Alan and has earned them a Grammy nomination [...] Read More

Alan Jackson Showcases New Album

When Alan Jackson reeled off bits and pieces of a bunch of his hits in a medley on the American Country Awards, he ended up providing a sort of mini-commercial for his latest album. Alan was given the inaugural ACAs’ Greatest Hits Award for his body of work, and it dovetailed with the November release of 34 Number Ones, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country Albums chart. Alan’s awards medley included some of the most memorable hooks of the last 20 years — “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” “Remember When,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” “Chattahoochee” and “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).” There are plenty more songs on 34 Number Ones that country music newcomers might not know, or that longtime fans might have forgotten. “There Goes,” “Dallas,” “Tonight I Climbed The Wall” and “Right On The Money” were all No. 1 singles at some point in time but don’t get the attention anymore that some of Alan’s other titles do. As it turns out, Alan’s challenged by a few of them, too. Read More

Alan Jackson, Keith Urban Visit Top 20

Two guys with new albums and fresh Grammy nominations — Keith Urban and Alan Jackson — will join host Nan Kelley this weekend for the latest edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Keith released his Get Closer album two weeks ago, picking up great reviews in the process and winning over fans with his energetic lead single, “Put You In A Song.” He picked up a Grammy nomination Wednesday for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, recognizing his work on “‘Til Summer Comes Around.” Keith has also put his 2011 calendar up for sale on his website. It’s $15, and all the money goes to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Alan got a Top 10 debut on the country album chart with a new compilation, 34 Number Ones, which features a few bonus cuts, including a remake of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” and his duet with the Zac Brown Band, “As She’s Walking Away.” That song brought Alan his latest Grammy nomination this week, for Best Country Collaboration. Read More

Alan Jackson Downsizes

Big bucks. Smaller property. In May, Alan Jackson closed on a deal that saw his sprawling, 17,000-square-foot Sweetbriar Mansion in suburban Nashville sold for a whopping $28 million. The home had been on the market for about 11 months as Alan and Denise prepared for their three daughters — ages 20, 17 and 13 — to move away. A lot of home owners would panic if they had to wait 11 months to unload a house. For Alan, though, it all went very quickly. Read More

With Zac Brown Band “You Get” Alan Jackson

When the Zac Brown Band serves up its next album, You Get What You Give, Sept. 21, it will feature several bonus appearances. Jimmy Buffett and ace bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice both show up, as does Alan Jackson, who sings on “As She’s Walking Away,” which was released as a single earlier this week. Alan contributed, in part, because he and the band have a similar connection: Keith Stegall produces both acts, and that made it a little easier to line everything up. It makes for a unique collaboration — Alan is decidedly traditional country, while the Zac Brown Band has one foot in country and the other in a sort of jam-band philosophy. Read More