Alan Jackson: A Real Country Music Singer Who Keeps the Traditional Style Shining Bright
By Paul Romaine
Like a lot of artists Alan Jackson worked at various jobs before getting the break he needed to start in earnest his singing career.
In the past you might recall how we’ve discussed Fate and the role it plays in the grand scheme of things. It was the thing that helped Kris Kristofferson to get recognition for his talent as a songwriter.
Kris was working as a sweeper at Sun records and Johnny Cash was doing some recording work there. Kris was told not to bother Johnny in regards to some songs he had written but after some attempts to do just that without success, Fate intervened.
Kris was persistent in his determination and due to some unusual circumstances he met Johnny at Johnny’s home. When he did so Kris told Johnny how he was a struggling songwriter and asked if Johnny would take a look at a song that he wrote. Johnny said he would and Kris finally heard from him a period of weeks later. The song was “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and it became a big hit for Johnny and Kris. Most assuredly Fate had it destined to happen that way.
Alan’s big break came while he was working in the mail room at the Nashville Network’s television offices. His wife Denise saw Glen Campbell at an airport and approached him. She told him that her husband was a singer and was there anyone Glen could recommend to help Alan get a footing in the business. Glen gave her a business card of one of his associates and told her to contact that person. This incident of Fate was the thing that began Alan’s journey into the world of music success.
As a singer Alan has had many accomplishments some of which are unique. For one thing he has steadfastly refused to veer away from traditional country music. The hard-driving guitar and drum beats that many current country singing stars use will not be showing through in Alan’s music. Besides that, he chooses songs that are well written both lyrically and musically.
As an artist Alan Jackson defies the norm as he cranks out hit after hit of traditional country music. There is a segment of Country Music fans that feel the older style traditional country music is lost. They feel that no one in the past decade plus has recorded anything comparable to the Nashville Sound that was so prevalent in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Their one stalwart friend in this mission is Alan Jackson.
Another thing is Alan’s voice. Quite often in the music business artists that have good speaking voices are not very good singers and artists that are good singers do not generally have good speaking voices. Alan’s is unique in that his singing voice is commercial and smooth and his speaking voice is soft and relaxing. Another singer who had that type of voice was Jim Reeves. Overall though, it is quite rare for one to have both of those combined traits.
Some of my favorite Alan Jackson songs are romantic ballads such as “I’d Love You All Over Again” and “Here in the Real World,” also up-tempo songs such as “Chattahoochee” and “Mercury Blues.” His patriotic song “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” was to honor all of those that lost their lives on 9/11. It is a song that we have as a reminder to never, ever forget the tragedy and who was responsible for that sad day.
Added to the above diversity was Alan’s first gospel music album titled “Precious Memories” which won rave reviews. He recorded it as a favor for his mother. She had asked him to do a recording of some of those wonderful religious songs from his early years while growing up in Georgia.
Lastly, Alan wrote a song about his wife’s bout with cancer titled “When I Saw you Leaving (For Nicey).” It is the last song on his most recent album titled Thirty Miles West. Fortunately Denise has been cancer free for a year.
The best way I can sum up the story about this multi-talented country artist is to say Long Live traditional country music. For all the wonderful music that Alan has given us the very least we can do is to say a prayer for Denise’s good health and him. We are so lucky to have this good man and extraordinary singer as a representative of our beloved music industry.
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