05/21/2017

Review: Alan Jackson Drives Honky-Tonk Highway Tour to Nashville

Alan Jackson rode his Honky-Tonk Highway Tour into Nashville on Friday night (May 19) for an unforgettable show. While performing at Ascend Amphitheater, Jackson proved that it doesn’t take an elaborate stage design or added production to keep a crowd — even one in Music City — mesmerized.

By the time Jackson himself emerged onstage, following opening sets from singer-songwriter Adam Wright (who happens to be Jackson’s nephew) and a resilient Lee Ann Womack (a headliner in her own right who was sporting a bandage on one hand due to a surgical procedure earlier that day), the audience was eager to continue their night of traditional country sounds. The soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Fame inductee didn’t disappoint: Jackson kicked off his set with “Gone Country” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name.”

“It’s always great to play right here in Nashville, Tenn., home of country music, and where my babies were born,” Jackson told his Music City crowd. “I’m out here by the river, and this is where I belong … We’re gonna play you all some songs about cryin’ and dyin’ and drinkin’ and havin’ a good time, and all the things that make country music so special.”

Jackson kept his word, too: He sang several of his most memorable songs, including “Livin’ on Love,” “Good Time” and “Tall, Tall Trees.” The country icon also performed a haunting cover of the Hank Williams Jr. hit “Blues Man.”

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