In an era of electronic mixes and synthesizers invading country music, Alan Jackson is bringing it back old-school. With his recent rendition of two his 90s country hits, he proved there will always be a place for the twangy tunes of times past. He also left no uncertainty as to why the Country Music Hall of Fame recently inducted him.
The first hits
Jackon’s 1990 breakout single was all about fulfilling his country music dream. He was “chasin’ that neon rainbow, living that honky-tonk dream.” The song was a huge hit overnight and became a classic country staple.
That was just the beginning of the 90s country glory years for Jackson.
He quickly followed “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” with “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.” If “Chasin'” was a honky-tonk sound, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” was a honkey-tonk plea. In it he sings, “I want to hear some Jones [George Jones], cause my heart ain’t ready for the Rolling Stones…play me a country song.”
Though only his second single, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” was the first song to take Jackson to the No. 1 spot.
It was interesting that he took the opportunity at the 51st Country Music Association Awards to play these songs again. They were definitely sounds of country’s past more than its future, it seems.
You can see the star performing his first big hit below.
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The continued hits
Alan Jackson certainly found his voice in 90s country and amassed an amazing string of hits during that time. He also went on to record several hits in the decade that followed. This is why he was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Gone Country,” “Here In The Real World,” “The Blues Man,” and “I’d Love You (All Over Again)” were all released in the 1990s. So were hits like “Wanted,” “Little Man,” and “Livin’ on Love.”
His songs are about love (several inspired by his wife, Denise), country living, and a nostalgia for times past. He also blended more traditional country sounds with what were contemporary sounds.
Speaking of nostalgia, Jackson recently released a sentimental single called “The Older I Get.” The single is part of an album that will come out in 2018.
Hearing him perform those first songs was just as fun as the day they first hit the airwaves. Just goes to show that some songs and sounds are timeless.