Alan Eugene Jackson was born on October 17, 1958 in Newnan, Georgia. He is the fifth son of Joseph Eugene Jackson and Ruth Musick. He was a very “home grown” individual and lived in a small home with his parents and older siblings. Their home was so small that his bed was in the hallway. He grew up singing Gospel music and singing in church performances. Before moving to Nashville to pursue a music career, he was a car salesman. He met his wife, Denise, at a Dairy Queen in Newnan, Georgia. To this day, his mother still lives in the same home she raised him in. He collects classic cars, antique boats and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, his favorite movie is “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, his preferred clothing is jeans and a t-shirt and he owns a small sea plane.
Alan Jackson’s first record deal was when he signed with Arista records in 1989. Since then, he is well-known for the way he blends traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and for the fact that he writes many of his own songs. He has won 2 Grammy Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards and 17 American Country Music Awards. In 2002, he was nominated for 10 Country Music Association Awards, which beat the previous record of 9 set by Merle Haggard. A part of Interstate 85 near Newnan, Georgia is dedicated as the Alan Jackson Highway. He was inducted to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and once cancelled an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in order to attend the birth of his daughter, Mattie Denise. To learn more about Alan Jackson, click here.
“Long Way To Go” — This is a song that at first appears to be simply about relationships and about a woman. However, when you look deeper into it, it is also about all aspects of life. Jackson sings, “I got a bug in my margarita/seems bad luck won’t leave me alone/I got a woman I’m tryin’ to drink away/and I got a long, long way to go/yeah, I got a long, long way to go”. This song shows that things happen in life that are out of our control, and you have to deal with them and keep rolling with the punched in order to survive. This is important to understand as you grow up in life. To see the music video for this song, click here.
“As She’s Walking Away” — This song, which is actually Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson, is about the regret that we all have when we don’t pursue what we want. There is truly nothing in the world that comes free, and for all those things that we have decided not to pursue, I am sure we all feel some sort of regret for not doing so. In the song, Alan Jackson sings, “you might fall down on your face/roll the dice and have some faith”. This is true because no matter what it is, it never hurts to give it a try. This song talks about a girl, but can be applied to most situations in life. For this song, click here.
“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” — This is one of those “boat songs”. One of those songs that is truly relaxing. It features Jimmy Buffet, and speaks to those who need to let loose every once in a while. It is about a man who has been working too long and too often and needs a break, so he finally decides to take one, singing “it’s five o’clock somewhere” to justify his reasoning. I think that we all need to be able to take our “five o’clock breaks” when we need to. To watch the music video for this song, click here.
“Livin’ On Love” — This song is about a couple who got married and lived their whole lives together, “livin’ on love”. They are the type of couple to never care “’bout what’s in style” and simply needed each other. Over the course of the song, they grow old together. Jackson sings, “two old people without a thing/children gone but still they sing/ide by side in that front porch swing/livin on love/he can’t see anymore/and she can barely sweep the floor/hand in hand they’ll walk through that door/just livin on love”. I think that in the future we all want to find that one special someone who we can just live on love with. To listen to this song, click here.
“Hard Hat and a Hammer” — This song was written for all the blue collar workers in the world. Alan Jackson sings, “lace-up boots and faded jeans/a homemade sandwich, a half jug of tea/average Joe, average pay/same ol’ end and same ol’ day/but there’s nothing wrong with a hard hat and a hammer/kind of glue that sticks this world together/hands of steel and cradle of the Promised Land/God bless the working man”. We all know that a white collar job is what everyone strives for nowadays, however without those blue collar workers out there, the world would not work in the same way that it currently does. This song is one of appreciation for all those people, people who should be well-respected for what they do. If the world was only filled with white collar workers, that would be like having a Steve Jobs to make all of the software, but no one to make the hardware and the computer itself. The music video for this song can be found below.