Country Throwback: Alan Jackson Joined by Hank Jr. for Incredible ‘The Blues Man’ Performance at 2000 ACM Awards

by Halle Ames

In an iconic country music throwback, we take a look at Alan Jackson’s performance of ‘The Blues Man’ at the 2000 ACM Awards, which also featured Hank Williams Jr.

Legendary artist Alan Jackson showcased his amazing talents with a performance of Hank Williams Jr.’s hit, “The Blues Man.” 

Between the range Jackson highlights, with his low twangy voice and his flawless guitar solos, the performance undoubtedly stole the show. 

What really stunned fans was when the man himself, Mr. Hank Williams Jr., came out to accompany Alan Jackson with his song. And we thought Alan Jackson’s voice was deep. Hank Jr.’s deep angelic voice could drown a person. 

Together the two top-notch country artists split the performance, and the only thing we can say is that we wish the song were longer. 

Alan Jackson’s Under the Influence

A cover of “The Blues Man” was recorded by Alan Jackson in 1999. The song is featured on his album Under the Influence, which also highlights the covers of other popular country hits. Some of the other songs include “It Must Be Love” by Don Williams, “Pop a Top” by Jim Ed Brown, and “The Blues Man” recording in 1980 by Hank Williams Jr. and covered by George Jones and Dolly Parton.  

Alan Jackson had these three singles hit the charts. “Pop a Top” climbed to the number six position on the US Hot Country Songs list. “It Must Be Love” topped the chart, while “The Blues Man” peaked at number 37. 

Tribute to Hank Williams

In addition, Alan Jackson made a tribute to Hank Williams Jr.’s father, naturally named Hank Williams. Jackson’s song, titled “Midnight in Montgomery.” 

Hank Williams died on New Years Day in 1953. His son is now 71-years-old. 

Country Rebel even notes that “the song is haunted by the elder Williams’ spirit in every note and word that Jackson sings.” 

The hit does reference some of Williams’s songs, such as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and highlight the late artist’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. 

Jackson released the single in April of 1992. It was placed as the fourth song on his second album, Don’t Rock the Jukebox. “Midnight in Montgomery” climbed all the way to number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Furthermore, it was the only song on the album not to top charts.