Country Throwback: Alan Jackson Dazzles 1994 ACM Awards with ‘Gone Country’

by Joe Rutland

Country music singer-songwriter Alan Jackson proves yet again his ability to put on quite a performance in this throwback moment to 1994.

Jackson sang “Gone Country” before those gathered for that year’s Academy of Country Music Awards show. He’s introduced to the crowd at the Universal Amphitheater in Orlando, Fla., by country music legend Reba McEntire.

The song is a part of Jackson’s 1994 album release “Who I Am.” It went all the way up to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Charts and stayed there for a week. Two other songs off that record, “Summertime Blues” and “Livin’ on Love,” also reached the No. 1 spot on the charts.

“Gone Country” was written by Bob McDill. The song highlights three different music scenes in Las Vegas, Greenwich Village, and Los Angeles. In each one of the song’s verses, a man or woman is turning their eyes away from where they are toward the bright lights of Nashville.

In other words, these people have “gone country” with their desires for success and fame.

Take a listen to Jackson singing his hit song.

Alan Jackson Performs Classic At George Jones Funeral

Back in 2013, one of the people Alan Jackson looked up to in his career, George Jones, died. At the memorial service held for Jones, Jackson performed a cover version of the Jones classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Jones passed away in April 2013. Friends and family of the late country star gathered at the Grand Ol’ Opry House in May to pay tribute to Jones. Country stars such as Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney, and Wynonna Judd delivered powerful performances to honor Jones.

To close out the memorial, Alan Jackson didn’t leave a dry eye in the room with his song.

The two country stars shared a longtime friendship. Jackon has said he considered Jones to be a hero of his. Jackson has also described Jones’s musical influence on him, which is evident in his emotional performance at the funeral.

The admiration is even in Jackson’s lyrics. In his songs, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” and “Murder on Music Row,” he mentions Jackson’s nickname of “Possum.” Jones’ memory lives on through Jackson’s artistry. His emotional storytelling in his lyrics shows how much influence the late star had on Jackson.

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