Alan Jackson Once Sang a John Denver Song in His High School Play

by Evan Reier
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Alan Jackson has a career that few in country music will ever match. But his “kickoff” to his legacy started all the way back in high school.

Before his legendary career properly got underway, he was just a kid in Newnan, Georgia. In a recent interview with Bobby Bones, Jackson revealed a pretty incredible detail of his childhood.

The subject of performing came up, with Bones mentioning Jackson’s participation in iconic play, “Oklahoma!”

Bobby Bones initially asked Alan Jackson what role he had in “Oklahoma!” However, Jackson didn’t know the characters.

“‘Oklahoma!’ Gosh, I don’t know the characters by name so I don’t know who I was.”

However, it opened up a memory for the country legend, who then went on to describe another production. As it turns out, Jackson appeared in another play where he happened to sing a tune of a legendary country artist.

“I actually was in a play in high school,” Jackson starts. “It was a musical and I was one of the main guys in there. I sang a little John Denver song called ‘Country Boy’ in there.”

Bones, who is immediately stoked to hear that answer, clarifies with Jackson that it’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” which he confirms.

Before we continue to the follow-up, can you imagine a young Alan Jackson belting the iconic John Denver song? Talk about something we’d pay very good money to see. When a childhood features a moment like that, it’s no wonder Jackson became the man he did.

When Bones repeats back Jackson’s words incredulously, Jackson, in classic fashion, turns a bit of wit.

“I did, that was the ‘kickoff’ of my career,” Jackson responds with a grin before laughing.

New Alan Jackson Album on the Way

The reason for Jackson’s appearance with Bobby Bones as well as his breathtaking performance at the ACM Awards, is because he has new music coming out.

In his first project since 2015, Where Have You Gone is going to be the 16th studio album from the country legend. Alan Jackson has released a handful of singles from the 21-song release. Besides title track “Where Have You Gone,” he has also dropped “You’ll Always Be My Baby,” “Way Down in My Whiskey,” and “Things That Matter.”

The album is set to drop on May 14. You can watch his incredible ACM Awards performance of “Drive” and “You’ll Always Be My Baby” below.

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