Alan Jackson has quite a bit to celebrate these days. This year marks the first anniversary of his Nashville bar, a successful tour, and a significant honor. It seems the cowboy-hat-clad Jackson may have found the gold at the end of his neon rainbow.
AJ’s Good Time Bar
If you aren’t a Nashville local, you may not know about AJ’s Good Time Bar. AJ, of course, refers to the man himself.
In case the name conjures up an image of a country dive bar, be aware it is anything but that. As Jackson’s website describes it, it’s “an 8,000-square-foot entertainment mecca that’s the only completely artist-owned establishment on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.”
Opened October 5, 2016, the joint is celebrating its first anniversary.
It is so popular they added a third floor in May 2017 and had already sold more than a half-million drinks. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Jackson tends to drop by occasionally.
He gave a surprise performance in May, hosted a rooftop eclipse event in August, and had a September benefit that raised money for hurricane victims. There’s even been a wedding (no report that Jackson attended).
His website quotes Taste of County “AJ’s is true to the city’s famed honky tonks, with stages on each floor, offering real country music throughout.” Southern Living calls it “one-of-a-kind,” while Food & Wine assure visitors they will “have a good time at AJ’s.”
Country Music Hall of Fame
AJ’s anniversary is not the only exciting October event for Jackson. As announced earlier this year, he is an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Jackson joins artists Jerry Reed and Don Schlitz for this year’s honors.
It isn’t surprising. According to his website, he is about as pedigreed as a country singer can get.
Not only has he had 35 No. 1 hits, but he is already a member of the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Then there’s the 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, and two Grammys. And those aren’t all even all of his accolades.
Whatever is next for him, he’s certainly livin’ that honkey-tonk dream!