Getting a chance to sit down and play with country music singer-songwriter Alan Jackson is a dream that comes true for Cole Swindell.
Swindell crossed paths with Jackson back in 2015 at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
“It’s not too often that you get to meet one of your heroes, then do an interview, then sing with him at the same time so it’s a little much,” Swindell said in an episode of “Swindell Vision.”
Once Swindell meets Jackson, they sit down and Swindell says, “I’m glad we’re getting a chance to do this on the 50th because this is going to trump every other story I have.”
Alan Jackson Understands The Power of Meeting Heroes
“Well I’ve had a lot of cool stories,” Alan Jackson said. “I can’t name all the heroes I got to stand beside. I guess we’re talking about this being the ACM’s 50th anniversary which is very cool. I’ve been a part for half of that it seems like.”
They were performing prior to the Academy of Country Music’s 50th anniversary show, which was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Swindell won “New Artist of the Year” honors at that event.
After doing the interview, Swindell said, “I had to take a few minutes and just sit with what happened because he’s a huge reason that I love country music and a huge reason that I love songwriting.
“And a huge reason that I’m proud to be from Georgia so Alan, thank you so much for everything man,” Swindell said. “You’re a good dude and I’m so proud to sing this song with you tonight.”
Take a look at Swindell spending time with Alan Jackson, plus a small clip of them singing Jackson’s classic “Chattahoochee.”
The song is off of the Alan Jackson 1992 album “A Lot About Livin’ (and A Little ‘Bout Love).”
Jackson Performs ‘Gone Country’ At 1994 ACM Awards
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 the 1994 album release “Who I Am” from Alan Jackson. 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. Alan Jackson himself found success and fame in the world of country music.