Kendall and Kylie Jenner? Nope. Batman and Robin? Nah. Alan Jackson has us stumped to find a better duo with a photo of him and fellow country all-star George Strait. As long-time friends and giants in the country music industry, Jackson and Strait have performed together on numerous occasions. And each time, fans go crazy for the legendary duo.
How Alan Jackson-George Strait Duo Began
Although Alan Jackson and George Strait have been friends for decades, the country stars never really interacted much on stage until the 1999 CMA Awards. During the live show, Strait and Jackson performed a cover of “Murder on Music Row.” Just that year, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time released the satirical song. As Strait sang the first verse, with a wide grin on his face, he waited for his partner-in-crime, Jackson, to step onto the stage.
Together, the duo performed a song about the dramatic change in country music. No longer the popular style, traditional country music, like that of Hank Williams or George Jones, slowly faded to the background as the more pop-inspired sound came into play. At the time, artists like Keith Urban and Shania Twain were on the rise—and no steel guitars and fiddles could be found between their new lyrics.
The song and the duo of Alan Jackson and George Jones became the symbol of unfaltering classic country. Through the next two decades, the country stars honored “Murder on Music Row’s” purpose by staying true to country music’s origins.
The Legendary Duo Continues
Seventeen years later, the friendship and dynamic collaboration are still alive. In October of 2017, George Strait attended Alan Jackson’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. During the ceremony, Strait performed a touching version of Jackson’s famous hit, “Remember When.”
Jackson based the song on his relationship with his wife, Denise, and the time they’ve spent together.
In an interview with Rare Country, Strait said of Jackson, “Alan’s been a friend of mine for a long, long time … I love his music, his writing. He’s a great performer and real humble, down-to-earth guy. So, we get along great and have for years.”
George Strait also mentioned a crucial moment in his friendship with Alan Jackson. Back in 2001, Jackson was about to perform on stage at the CMA Awards. When Strait asked Jackson what he would perform, the future Hall of Fame member said, “Oh, just some little song I wrote.”
While more than happy to support his friend’s new song, Strait had no idea Jackson was about to sing one of his greatest hits.
“Then he blew everybody away with ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),’” Strait remembered. “So, it was an amazing night. Everybody was just, like, ‘Really? Just a little old song you wrote?'”