Lines Abound at Jackson Fan Club Party

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At Alan Jackson ’s annual fan club meeting Tuesday (June 11), the faithful waited patiently in lines — some to be seated; others at the concession stand; still others at the souvenir shop.

Once the show started, however, the only lines that remained were to take pictures of Jackson. Before a capacity crowd of 1,800 at the Acuff Theatre, next to the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, he greeted, talked and sang to his fan club members.

“We appreciate your support,” Jackson drawled at the outset. The enthusiastic crowd sang and clapped to songs such as “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” “Where I Come From” and “Little Bitty.” The nine-song set ranged from early hits to selections from his current CD, Drive.

Throughout the show, drawings were held for various items ranging from a “pair of pants with holes in them, that probably nobody wants” to Grand Ole Opry backstage passes for Jackson’s Tuesday night performance. A “pair of old boots that the dog has chewed on, has mud on the heels” also found a new home.

Jackson introduced his family and members of the Strayhorn band to the audience.

In closing, Jackson sang “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Earlier in the evening, he said of the composition, “I’m glad so many people were touched by it.”