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Alan Jackson's career began to take off after his wife, Denise, introduced him to Glen Campbell and, in 1989, became the first artist signed to Arista Nashville. Jackson's musical career began on a positive note, when his first two albums -- Here in the Real World and Don't Rock the Jukebox -- both went multi-platinum and broke into the top 5 of the US country charts. While fairly high profile tour dates followed, they paled in comparison to what would follow the release of A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)." The album went platinum six times, won two CMA Awards, and featured the #1 singles "She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)" and "Chattahoochee." Jackson's follow-up in 1994, Who I Am, also received critical acclaim, went platinum four times, and featured the hit singles "Summertime Blues" and "Livin' on Love."
Alan Jackson received universal attention in 2001, when his 9/11 tribute song, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)", became a sort of anthem for the tragedy and won him his first Grammy. Jackson continued to play sold out tour dates and release platinum albums, up through 2002 when he released his tenth album, Drive. The album went platinum four times, reached the top of nearly all music charts, and received nearly universal claim from critics and audiences. Alan Jackson might be best known for a duet with Jimmy Buffett on his song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" off his Greatest Hits Volume II. While the Alison Krauss produced, 2006 album, Like Red on a Rose, only went gold, it was largely praised by fans and critics.
While Alan Jackson's latest album, Freight Train, hasn't had enough time to go platinum, its well on its way. Fans that enjoyed the album will enjoy the dozen or so 2011 tour dates that Alan Jackson has planned over the summer and fall. As of late July, Jackson's concert schedule has him in Canada and the northeastern US before heading to Norway and Sweden in early August. Jackson will return to play shows in the US and Canada in mid-August before ending his 2011 tour dates on November 3. For all of the latest Alan Jackson concert schedule info, be sure to visit Eventful.