What songs will Alan Jackson play in concert?
Alan Jackson keeps about 50% of his setlist similar, and changes the order of the other half, but the song selections themselves remain rather consistent. Fans may notice that Alan plays “Good Time” following a rendition of “Pop a Top” by Jim Ed Brown. He also brings that song out early in the set here and there, so it is largely a matter of mild reorganization.
Jackson recently released a record last year entitled The Bluegrass Album. This plays out in the setlist slightly, with Jackson leaning more towards a softer country bluegrass sound. Jackson plays very few songs from this new record, which is a testament to how much past hit material he has to work off of (or the less than stellar popularity of his stint with classic bluegrass material).
His 2008 record, Good Time, gets the most acknowledgements with close to five songs pulled from that record. Jackson ignores a large portion of his material from 2000 to 2006, preferring to play his 90’s material (which is more revered) and his material from the last few albums preceding his experimental run at bluegrass.
The setlist differences are hardly noticeable to many, for Jackson stays pretty close to the formula of his material. “Gone Country” is his opus, and is a show stopping staple. “Chattahoochee” is another on equal footing, and both make it onto just about every set. There is no cover that is a Jackson staple, though his rendition of “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran seems to pop up the most often. Jackson also has respect for modern folk group, Zac Brown band, and shows his appreciation through a frolicking cover of “As She’s Walking Away.” It is noticeable for newer and older fans, and is a nice balance between that 90’s Jackson sound and the classic country pop covers he brings out of the gates. Below is a sample setlist of the material you will most likely hear on the 2014 tour.
I Don’t Even Know Your Name
Livin’ on Love
The Blues Man
Who’s Cheatin’ Who
Drive (For Daddy Gene)
Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)
Don’t Rock the Jukebox
Here in the Real World
Pop a Top
So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore
As She’s Walking Away
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
Where I Come From
How long is an Alan Jackson concert?
Compared to heavy metal and rock acts, country crooners have a tendency to keep setlists rather modest in length, with Jackson’s setlist running about 100 minutes. Sometimes a concert creeps up to two hours at especially huge venues, like his two and a half hour stint in Madison Square Garden. Expect at least 90 minutes of solid material, some Alan Jackson talking with the audience, and a few songs taking on a new longer form throughout the evening.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Alan Jackson’s tour?
Like many long standing country acts, Alan Jackson has a formidable and proactive fan club. The club provides a number of goodies for fans, including a platinum membership card, tour and fan video content, and contests for front row ticket giveaways. But perhaps the most enticing thing here is the presale options as well as preferred concert seating for fans looking to gain special upfront tickets. All presales are subject to availability, and due to the popularity of the artist, they are not always readily available.
Who is Alan Jackson’s publicist and press contact?
Alan Jackson works with the very popular and famous Creative Artists Agency. They cannot necessarily be contacted directly (or at least with any relative ease), but an official contact form is available on the Alan Jackson website.
“The tunes in Jackson’s set were more varied than the full on party of Toby Keith a few nights before, but Jackson proved he’s not immune from the Jimmy Buffettization of country either. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Jackson’s party hit with Buffett, drew a huge response and featured a video appearance by the pirate. Jackson discussed Zac Brown before his performance of the duo’s hit “As She’s Walking Away,” but guitarist Monty Parkey stood in for Brown on vocals. “– Joe Lawler of DM Juice
“Aside from being a consistently stellar performer, Jackson is also very giving to his fans. As his band jams away on certain songs, he will walk the front of the stage, autographing anything and everything that comes his way. During his one-hit encore, “Mercury Blues,” he was handed cowboy boots and hats, cell phone cases, pictures, ticket stubs, T-shirts and more. He carefully signed each one, working his way from left to right, ensuring to ink as many signatures as possible before returning to the mic.” – Kelli Skye Fadroski of the OC Register
“Jackson gave Honolulu an excellent show — he did most of the songs that most of the fans wanted to hear, added just enough story-telling, and stepped back to give several members of the band well-deserved spotlight moments. But beyond all the all-important musical aspects of the performance Jackson connected with the audience on a personal level to an extent few artists of any genre do at Blaisdell Arena.”- John Berger of the Honolulu Pulse
Alan Jackson 2013
Started February 7, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan | Ended October 28, 2013 in New York City, New York
Alan Jackson 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Zac Brown Band
Started January 27, 2012 in Thackerville, Oklahoma| Ended December 2, 2012 in Tampa, Florida
Alan Jackson Freight Train 2011
Started March 18, 2011 in Houston, Texas | Ended September 23, 2011 in Huntsville, Alabama
Alan Jackson We’re All for the Hall 2010
Started April 10, 2010 in Alpharetta, Georgia | Ended November 4, 2010 in Sacramento, California
Alan Jackson 2008
Started January 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee | Ended October 23, 2008 in Worcester, Massachusetts