Review: Alan Jackson reminds audience what country music used to be


Kasey Harvey

After 35 years in the country music business, Alan Jackson can still bring it. Performing several of 35 number 1 hits, Jackson and his band held court Friday night at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie.

Kasey Harvey, Sports Editor

With 35 No. 1 hits, an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and 35 years in the music industry, Alan Jackson could probably put himself on cruise control when performing live but on Friday night at Verizon Theatre, he did not disappoint.

Bringing back traditional styles like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, Jackson’s dedication to “real” country music is a treat as he strays from the new pop-country that has been dominating the charts.

Attracting a different crowd from the normal screaming teenagers that seem to dominate most pop-country shows, Jackson brought a down to earth feel as hundreds sat back and enjoyed some of their favorite songs. Unable to perform all of his No. 1 hits, Jackson opted for widely loved songs like “Good Time” and “Remember When”.

Jackson also showcased his tear-jerking song, “Where Were You”, that was released after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and used the time to thank and honor all first responders.

Adding to his genuine charisma that was easily recognized, he shared the story of how he got started and how his career took off after his debut album Here in the Real World released in 1990.

Many of his songs feature a glimpse into his life and childhood that gave a homey feel to contribute to the overall experience. A personal favorite “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”, featured cherishable moments from his childhood and paid tribute to his father Eugene “Gene” Jackson who passed away in 2000 which stirred up old memories of my grandfather, “Daddy Gene”.

Jackson’s remarkable achievements set high standards which he yet again surpassed. The entirety of the night was a reminder of what country music used to be and what Alan Jackson is keeping alive.