Only a few artists out of Nashville have enough hits to justify a three-CD career retrospective and Alan Jackson is one of that rare breed.
Since his debut in 1989, Jackson has had 49 top ten country singles including 25 that reached number 1. On November 6, Arista Nashville and Legacy will release a three-CD compilation of Jackson's career with Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story.
The album brings together 59 indispensable classic recordings drawn from all phases of Jackson's career at Arista Nashville and debuts eight previously unreleased tracks including a live version of The Eagles' hit Seven Bridges Road, recorded in Birmingham, Alabama on November 1, 1997, and a rare live rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, recorded in 2001.
The first artist signed to the newly-formed Arista Nashville imprint (shortly after the label's launch in 1989), Georgia-born singer/songwriter/musician/performer Jackson combined elements of traditional American honky-tonk, bluegrass, gospel and mainstream country music with a fresh contemporary sound all his own.
Though his debut single, Blue Blooded Woman, failed to crack the Hot Country Top 40, his subsequent releases, beginning with Here in the Real World in 1990, formed an unbroken chain of chart-topping country hits including Wanted, Chasin' That Neon Rainbow and I'd Love You All Over Again, his first #1. His second album, 1991's Don't Rock the Jukebox showcased no less than four #1 singles: the title track, Someday, Dallas and Love's Got a Hold on You. His third album, A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love) featured two #1's: She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues) and Chattahoochee, which took home the 1994 Country Music Association Awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
As the 21st century dawned, Alan Jackson secured his place in the mainstream of musical history when Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) became an anthem of hope and comfort in the wake of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The song brought home a pair of Country Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
2015 finds Alan Jackson still at the top of his game. He celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist with a special 25-date tour and was honored with "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country," a retrospective exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In July 2015, Jackson released his 15th studio album, Angels and Alcohol, through Alan's Country Records/EMI Nashville; the record became his 14th #1 album.
Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story comes with an exclusive booklet featuring tributes to Alan Jackson and his music offered by such diverse talents as Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, George Strait, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack, and the late George Jones. A special poster is also included, featuring a panoramic shot of the entire visual exhibit from "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country."
The track list:
- Blue Blooded Woman
- Here In The Real World
- Chasin' That Neon Rainbow
- I'd Love You All Over Again
- Don't Rock The Jukebox
- Midnight In Montgomery
- Love's Got A Hold On You
- She's Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues)
- Tonight I Climbed The Wall
- Mercury Blues
- (Who Says) You Can't Have It All
- Summertime Blues
- Gone Country
- Born Too Late (Previously Unreleased)
- If Tears Could Talk (Previously Unreleased)
- Seven Bridges Road (Live, Previously Unreleased)
- Livin' On Love
- I Don't Even Know Your Name
- Tall, Tall Trees
- I'll Try
- Little Bitty
- Who's Cheatin' Who
- There Goes
- Between The Devil And Me
- A House With No Curtains
- I'll Go On Loving You
- Right On The Money
- Gone Crazy
- Little Man
- Pop A Top
- The Blues Man
- It Must Be Love
- Wings (Previously Unreleased)
- Seguro Que Hell Yes (Previously Unreleased)
- The Star-Spangled Banner (Previously Unreleased)
- Where I Come From
- When Somebody Loves You
- Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
- Drive (For Daddy Gene)
- Work In Progress
- That'd Be Alright
- It's Five O'Clock Somewhere (with Jimmy Buffett)
- Remember When
- Too Much Of A Good Thing
- Monday Morning Church
- Like Red On A Rose
- A Woman's Love
- Small Town Southern Man
- Good Time
- Country Boy
- Sissy's Song
- As She's Walking Away (Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson)
- Love Is Hard (Previously Unreleased)
- Ain't Just A Southern Thing (Previously Unreleased)