CMT Insider News Now - 7.27.09
"I'm gonna tell you, this has got to be the coolest show I've ever done here tonight," Alan Jackson said Saturday (July 25) to some 35,000 fans who traveled by boat to attend his concert on Lake Martin near Alexander City, Ala.
In addition to the crowd estimate, law enforcement agencies also reported that more than 4,000 boats showed up for the concert that also featured the Carter Twins, Jypsi, Matt Stillwell and Caitlin & Will. Jackson's performance was filmed for a concert special to air Sept. 4 on CMT.
An avid outdoorsman, Jackson told CMT Insider he looked forward to the informal show on Lake Martin.
"This Aquapalooza show has been going on for several years at different lakes," he said. "It was just good timing for me. It worked out that we were available to do this, and they let us come and be part of the show. It's a great event. And it's on a lake that I love."
It's not the first time Jackson has performed in such an isolated setting.
"I've done a few lake shows in Tennessee up on Center Hill [Lake]," he said. "Those are some of the best shows because, you know, you can't charge people to come. It's just kind of fun and laid back. People that love the water and love being on the lake and on their boats, they look for something to do and an event to go to -- whether it's a restaurant or a Fourth of July fireworks or something like this concert. It's a cool thing to be able to go on your boat and sit around and hang out with your family and friends and goof off and have fun and enjoy the music."
The concert attracted fans from as far away as California and Michigan, and many used inner tubes to paddle close to the stage. Jackson arrived in a vintage 1923 Hacker-Craft boat and reminisced about his visits to Lake Martin while growing up in Georgia.
"It's been twenty-something years since I've been here," he said. "It's been really cool to come back and be able to do a concert here on the water."
View photos of Alan Jackson's performance at Aquapolooza.