A living legend in many regards, Alan Jackson helped assist in the grand opening launch of Nashville's ACME Feed & Seed this week. With guitar in hand, the singer performed many of his classic hits, including "Don't Rock The Jukebox" and "Good Times," at the Sept. 10 event.
This year marks the 25th anniversary since Jackson stepped into the limelight, having first signed his record deal with Arista Nashville in the summer of 1989. His debut LP Here In The Real World arrived the following spring and set in motion his enviable legacy. He's now amassed more than 60 million in albums sales worldwide and charted 35 No. 1 hits. As a member of what is now referred to as the neo-traditionalist era, Jackson helped the format return to its roots. To commemorate his impact, the Country Music Hall Of Fame recently launched his exhibit, documenting his career from its humble beginnings to his continued success. The exhibit will remain open until March 2015.
“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” Museum Director Kyle Young had shared in a statement in July, via Examiner.com. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his Artist-in-Residence shows this fall are not to be missed.”
Jackson will also be the Artist In Residence; he's the first artist to have his own exhibit at the same time. A few of his items featured in the exhibit include: his 2001 CMA Awards guitar, with which he performed "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)"; his personal collection of "The Andy Griffith Show" memorabilia; his first tricycle; the water ski featured in his now-iconic "Chattahoochee" video; and handwritten manuscripts of his classic hits, including "Drive," "Livin' On Love" and "First Love."
At the June 5 CMT Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Jackson was honored with a touching tribute of his song "Livin' On Love," delivered by Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack. Carrie Underwood offered up a heartfelt spoken introduction later in the awards ceremony; he was handed the Impact Award.