“But those are the kinds of songs I like best,” he added.
Among the surprises the singer presented was a new, unrecorded song, “Angels and Alcohol.” Jackson expressed surprise, and delight, when the performance drew a standing ovation—one of many throughout the evening.
He thanked the crowd after saying he had been concerned that the subject matter might be too sad.
Twenty-two years ago today, Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" climbed its way to the top of the country charts, kickstarting its reign as one of the Nineties' biggest summertime anthems.
Jackson revisited that song this morning, when he made an early-bird appearance on the "Y'all, this is a perfect song for the summertime series here in New York City," he said by way of introduction, while one of his band members kicked off the signature riff on a Telecaster guitar.
Last month, he made a viral appearance on the CMT Awards, where he discussed ass-less chaps with Aerosmith frontman (and country newcomer) Steven Tyler in a pre-recorded skit.
Country superstar Alan Jackson is taking his 25-plus years of hits and fan-favorites on the road in the new year, as he embarks on his 2017 HONKY TONK HIGHWAY TOUR.I love listening to them, I love singing them, and I love writing them.” The concert, in the museum’s new 800-seat CMA Theater, coincided with the new exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, making the star the first artist-in-residence to be the subject of a major museum exhibit simultaneously.Jackson spoke to the crowd much more than he typically does in his concerts, taking time to explain song ideas, talk about his pre-stardom days, about his mother and father and sisters, about struggling through his early years in Nashville, and about the importance of his wife, Denise, in his life.Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a host of artists who cite Jackson as an influence.It’s a night of real country music when Jackson comes to town – fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, from his debut hit, “Here in The Real World” through signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country”…the career-defining “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and poignant “Remember When”…Jackson’s 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour comes on the heels of the recent 25th anniversary celebration tour which found the superstar playing to sold-out crowds throughout 20.