Jackson Scores on Opening Night

Alan Jackson opened his new tour last night in Albany, N.Y., and according to local newspaper accounts, he did a fine job. A reviewer for the Albany Times Union called Jackson “easygoing” and said the singer “easily connected with the capacity crowd” without the use of props or pyrotechnics. Jackson and his band, The Strayhorns, tore it up on up-tempo numbers like “Chattahoochee” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name,” the latter of which “drove the crowd nuts.” The concert review also was kind to opening act Sara Evans. “The power of her flexible pipes, and her likeable manner, which jumped off the stage, made Evans a lot of new friends in Albany,” the report said. Evans continues as Jackson’s opening act for four more shows, including tonight’s stop (Feb. 1) in Salisbury, Md. Lee Ann Womack will open for Jackson Feb. 8 – 10 before both singers hit the road March 24 with the 4th annual George Strait Country Music Festival.