Jackson Hailed for Game Day Performance

The Tennessee Titans came up short in their NFL playoff game Sunday (Jan. 7), but Alan Jackson had a winning outing at Nashville’s Adelphia Coliseum. Tapped to sing the national anthem, Jackson brought along members of his band, the Strayhorns, to play a bluegrass version of the venerable tune. By all accounts, Jackson’s rendition gave new life to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Jackson has not opened an NFL game before, his assistant says. He and the band worked up the new arrangement — incorporating Dobro, fiddle and mandolin — last week.