Alan Jackson Stays Country in New York City

Today Show Plaza Goes Country to Celebrate Release of New Album

New York City has gone country. At least it seemed that way Friday morning (July 17) on the Today plaza at Rockefeller Center, thanks to Alan Jackson.

Stopping by to hang with the NBC morning crew, he also performed several songs to celebrate Friday’s release of his new album, Angels and Alcohol.

Dressed like a classy Southern country superstar in a simple button-down shirt, sunglasses and his trademark white cowboy hat, Jackson delighted the packed crowd on the plaza during his performances of new tune “You Never Know,” the timeless “Chattahoochee” and one of his biggest hits, “Livin’ on Love,” which he dedicated to his fans in love and his wife Denise.

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This morning, the icon stopped by to hang with the NBC morning crew of Al Roker, Guthrie, and Willie Geist to celebrate the release of his new album Angels and Alcohol, which is officially available today.

Today host Willie Geist remarked that he misses Jackson’s “‘90s mullet” while Savannah Guthrie was astounded to learn that Jackson sometimes still gets a little nervous before going onstage.

Jackson said he still can’t believe the amount of success he’s enjoyed over the years.

“I can’t believe it at all,” he said. “My wife and I both think back to moving from Georgia [to Nashville] and just how ignorant I was about the music business. I hadn’t ever been anywhere.

“To imagine all this happening and to be playing in New York City, I’ve played here for 25 years. Amazing. … I’ve just been so blessed. I’ve had such great fans all these years.”

According to Twitter posts, fans were lined up supremely early to get a prime, front-row spot for A.J. because, let’s face it, that’s what you do when a legend comes to town.

To close out the rocking morning set, Jackson shut the streets down with a rousing performance of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

Which made it perfectly acceptable to slip a little Bailey’s into my coffee as I watched, right?

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.