Who’s Gonna Fill Their Legendary Shoes?
In the spirit of George Jones, Alan has taken up the mantle of “country preservationist” ever since he burst onto the scene in 1989. Alan has never wavered from his stone-cold country stance, and the fans have loved him for it. There have also been no trendy forays into genre-crossing, although he has name-checked The Rolling Stones in “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” and once covered the Eddie Cochran rockabilly classic “Summertime Blues.” Alan has also exerted an influence with his prolific songwriting. He’s written the majority of his hits, providing the guide map for future stars, indicating that writing them is just as crucial to one’s career as being able to deliver them. He’s not in the Country Music Hall of Fame at the present time, but his day is coming—sooner rather than later.
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