Alright. For those who haven’t been keeping up, I’ve been covering the “Class of 89” in the last couple of posts. This, of course, was the year that Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and some guy named Garth Brooks came on the scene.
Today, I’ll be talking about Alan Jackson.
Alan Jackson’s an interesting one. He’s a great artist, but there’s just something odd about his career. At the time, Country music was becoming more Rock/Pop oriented, and yet, Alan Jackson was able to make a great career by sticking closer to traditional Country roots! He’s always been a great singer! If you notice, he’s kind of like George Strait. He’s one of those singers that straps on a guitar, but doesn’t play it much. The one thing I remember about Alan Jackson more than any other is when he debuted “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” during one of the Country Music Award shows. It was chilling, and is still a classic today. When I was young, Alan Jackson was one of my favorite artists, and he still is!
If you’ll recall, when he came on the scene, artists wouldn’t actually “play” on live TV. They would lip-sync, and he didn’t want to do that, so he had his drummer play without sticks, so it would obviously give away the fact they were lip-syncing.
The only thing that bugs me about Alan Jackson is the fact that for a few years, he was WAY over-saturating the market! He would put out 1 or 2 albums a year, instead of 1 every couple of years. I’ve heard that it took a toll on his record sales.
Regardless of his record sales, he’s always been a great artist, and certainly the closest to traditional Country from the Class of 89!
One more odd thing I’ll throw in: If you pay attention, anytime there’s any sort of tribute to George Jones, Alan Jackson ALWAYS sings “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Love his version of it! Just find it interesting that nobody else ever does it, unless they sing it WITH Alan.
Alan Jackson’s audition on You Can Be A Star. Listen to what song he chose to do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlBdFVUWicQ
Alan’s lip-sync in 1994: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEPNgJ17kGQ