Jackson at Carnegie Hall Monday
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Coweta native Alan Jackson will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Monday, and will perform on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' on Tuesday.
And on Nov. 6, Jackson will perform with George Strait in a tribute to George Jones during the 47th Country Music Awards.
Jackson is the second-most nominated artist in the history of the CMAs, with 81 nominations and 16 trophies. Strait is the most nominated artist in CMA history.
They will be performing to honor Jones, who died in April. The CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC from 8 to 11 p.m.
Jackson, along with many others, will also be paying tribute to Jones on Nov. 22 in Nashville for what would have been Jones' final show of his 'Grand Tour.' Jackson recently returned from touring in Australia and will be touring the new year to support 'The Bluegrass Album.'
The show at Carnegie Hall will feature several of the artists who performed on 'The Bluegrass Album.'
The album, Jackson's first foray into bluegrass, was released in late September. Two singles, 'Blacktop' and 'Blue Ridge Mountain Song,' have been released. 'Blacktop' entered the weekly Bluegrass Today chart as the most-played bluegrass song in America.
Jackson wrote eight of the songs for the album, which also includes a cover of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe's 'Blue Moon of Kentucky,' as well as John Anderson's 'Wild and Blue' and The Dillards' 'There is a Time.'
Bluegrass is 'pure music, it's American music. It's real songwriting, singing, harmonies, and real pickers,' Jackson said.
Jackson said in a radio interview he's looking forward to playing at Carnegie Hall with the bluegrass players. 'It's going to be so cool playing at Carnegie Hall and having those guys there,' he said. 'I think the sound will be really perfect in there for live bluegrass.'
The album was co-produced by Jackson's nephew Adam Wright.