Alan Jackson Exhibit To Be Featured At Country Music Hall Of Fame

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Alan Jackson. Photo: Kristy Belcher

Alan Jackson’s 25-year career will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in an exhibit titled Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Real.  It will open up on Aug. 29, 2014 and run through March of 2015. Jackson will also be the first person to simultaneously be the subject of a museum exhibit and the Artist-in-Residence. He will be at the Hall of Fame later this year with several unique and intimate performances.

“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his Artist-in-Residence shows this fall are not to be missed.”

Some of the features and items on display will be:

  • The guitar he played on the CMA Awards when he debuted “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” just two months after the September 11 terrorist attacks and the nation’s response that inspired the song.
  • The front of an old, red Ford pickup truck that served as Jackson’s first Fan Fair booth, before his sister and brother-in-law had it made into a desk.
  • Items from Jackson’s collection of “Mayberry” memorabilia—a jacket, jersey and autographed picture from Don Knotts—from one of his favorite television shows, The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Jackson’s first tricycle, childhood bike and scooter, evidence that his love of vehicles started early.
  • Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the cover of the seminal album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love).
  • The water ski Jackson rode, while wearing his trademark white cowboy hat, in the “Chattahoochee” music video.
  • A collection of belt buckles from the Houston Rodeo—which Jackson has played more than 20 times.
  • Handwritten manuscripts of classics like “Drive,” “First Love” (about his ’55 T-bird), “Livin’ on Love” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
  • Numerous music awards, a sailfish caught by Jackson and much more.

For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.

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