Few rival Alan Jackson’s star power in the country music world. He’s been nominated for 50 Country Music Association awards, placing him second on the list, and he tops ASCAP’s “Number One List,” penning 21 #1 songs.
Jackson’s neo-traditionalist approach to country music and his sentimental and honest approach to songwriting is perhaps what draws so many fans. Contemporary Vince Gill has said of Jackson: “The songs he writes always tell it like it is – simple truths that come from his heart.” And as they come from his heart they go straight to the hearts of fans around the globe. Some of Jackson’s biggest hits include “Chattahoochee,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Here in the Real World,” and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox.”
“To me country music’s about being in love, having your heart broke, drinkin’ and partyin’, livin’ and dyin’, family and where you grew up,” Jackson says. Nearly every one of those life-lessons is here, each brought to life by Jackson’s rich and seasoned vocals. Each song sounds as though he’s lived it or witnessed it. And, in most cases, he has.
Jackson released his first bluegrass album – The Bluegrass Album – last September and it continues at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Sales Chart. The album has generated much acclaim from a diverse group of music critics, such as Rolling Stone Magazine recognizing that “…The Bluegrass Album is a labor of love, not a vanity project for the singer.” While American Songwriter calls it “…an album that reaffirms Alan Jackson as one of our best living traditional songwriters.” And Bluegrass Today remarks, “You can feel his passion…his approach to bluegrass is filled with humility.” The Wall Street Journal calls The Bluegrass Album “…one of this year’s strongest country albums of any sort…” and Billboard says, “He does the genre proud…the highlights are the self-penned originals.”
Join us at Fraze Pavilion on August 1st to hear Alan Jackson performing hits that have made him a country music staple for more than 20 years.
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Television actors Charles “Chip” Esten and Clare Bowen, who play Deacon Claybourn and Scarlett O’Connor on ABC’s hit television show “Nashville” will take the Fraze Pavilion stage as special guests.
While on “Nashville”, Charles Esten has been honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman auditorium. He was also honored to officially “flip the switch” at the 2013 Graceland Christmas Lighting ceremony. Many of the songs he has performed as Deacon (“Undermine,” “Sideshow,” “Playin’ Tricks”) are available on the three very successful “Nashville” soundtracks that have been released to date.
Esten’s many additional television credits include recurring roles on “Big Love,” “Enlightened,” “The Office” and “ER.” Besides being the father on Disney Channel’s “Jessie,” he has been a Klingon on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a secretary on “Murphy Brown” and Kelly Bundy’s fiance on the series finale of “Married with Children.” His film credits include “Swing Vote,” “Thirteen Days,” “61*” and “The Postman.”
Clare Bowen stars as Scarlett O’Connor on ABC’s musical drama television series “Nashville.” The series premiered in October 2012 to critical acclaim and was nominated in both 2013 and 2014 for “Favorite New TV Drama” at the People’s Choice Awards.
Comprised of originals and covers performed by Bowen and her co-stars, the debut album The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 1 rose to #1 in the Country Album category and #12 in the All Genre Album category on iTunes within hours of its release by Big Machine Records on December 11, 2012. Big Machine has continued the momentum with the release of both The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2 on May 7, 2013 and The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1 on December 10, 2013. A native Australian, Bowen has appeared in several of her home country’s iconic television dramas, including “Home and Away,” “All Saints,” “The Cut,” and “Chandon Pictures.” She also appeared in the Australian film “The Combination.”
Bowen resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is currently collaborating with T-Bone Burnett on her debut solo album. Burnett served as the Executive Music Producer on Season 1 of “Nashville.”