One of the highlights of the 2014 CMT Music Awards had to be the stunning and nostalgic tribute to Alan Jackson from Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves.
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But after accepting the first-ever CMT Impact Award on Wednesday night (June 4), Jackson headed down Nashville's Lower Broadway to surprise fans with an intimate concert at the Stage, one of the city's most popular honky-tonks.
By now, you have probably surmised that I will find just about any excuse to write about Alan Jackson. But do you really need an excuse to discuss "AJ"? Heck, no. In my little world, it is always a good time to talk about the man who is probably the finest and most popular export from the state of Georgia this side of Coca-Cola.
He's a living legend with more than 60 charted singles, countless honors and awards. And now he's the recipient of the CMT Impact Award for his 25 years of music videos.
If you were watching from home or lucky enough to have been in the audience when Womack and Musgraves performed Jackson's hit "Livin' on Love" during the awards show, you probably felt that same heartwarming flutter in your chest I felt while listening to their angelic harmonies.
But if you happened to be honky-tonkin' at the Stage for his surprise performance, you might be the luckiest out of all of us. In addition to his solo performances, Womack joined him for "Golden Ring" and Musgraves sang with him for a reprise of "Livin' on Love." Also on hand was Easton Corbin, who joined Jackson for "Where I Come From."
These are the moments when you absolutely want to be in Nashville so you don't miss out on moments like Jackson performing in a small club.
But have no fear. You'll have plenty of chances to see him.
During a Thursday morning press conference, Jackson announced plans for his 25-year anniversary tour. (He released his debut single, "Blue Blooded Woman," in 1989). Tour dates will be announced in the near future.
He'll also be releasing new music in the coming months and will be the center of an upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. Scheduled to open Aug. 29, the exhibit will showcase everything from Jackson's awards to instruments to personal mementos.
And if you want to see him up close in Nashville, Jackson is set to be the museum's next artist-in-residence and will be performing a series of intimate shows there later this year.