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Alan Jackson Celebrates 25 Years in Country Music With a Special 25-City Anniversary Tour

photo by Elissa C. Newland

Alan Jackson will mark his 25 years as a country entertainer with an upcoming tour and other exciting plans. Alan announced the details at a press conference Thursday morning (June 5) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

The occasion started off with a brief tribute to Alan, who started his career in 1989. Appearing on the stage with Alan were longtime radio personality Gerry House, Mike Dungan of Universal Music Group Nashville and John Huie of the Creative Artists Agency, which books Alan’s tours. Mike remembered being drawn to Alan when he heard a tape of his song “Here in the Real World” and played it repeatedly in his office. Alan reminisced about moving to Nashville from Georgia with his wife, Denise, recalling the low-rent apartment where they first lived.

Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, took the podium and revealed that the Hall will host a new exhibit highlighting Alan’s career, beginning Aug. 29. The exhibit will showcase awards, instruments, personal artifacts and other items.

It was also announced that Alan will embark on a gala, 25-city anniversary tour, slated to kick off in early 2015. Cities and dates for the tour will be unveiled at a later date.

Alan began his closing remarks by thanking the Hall of Fame for hosting the event. “This is so nice,” he said. “To have all this happen, it is truly an American dream. I have been so blessed.” Alan also assured that he was not contemplating any sort of retirement from the business. “I don’t know what I would retire from. I don’t work that much now,” Alan said, drawing a chorus of laughs.

Stay tuned for more details on the new exhibit and the upcoming tour. And congratulations to Alan on his milestone 25th anniversary.


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