02/24/2015

Alan Jackson Released Landmark Debut Album HERE IN THE REAL WORLD 25 Years Ago This Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 24, 2015) – On February 27, 1990, country superstar Alan Jackson released his landmark debut album Here In The Real World. The album, certified Double Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over two million, spawned four no. 1 hits including his trademark self-penned hit of same name, “Here In The Real World,” as well as his self-penned hits “Wanted,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” and “I’d Love You All Over Again.” 

Jackson, currently on his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR, will be celebrating the anniversary with his fans at the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA on the actual anniversary date this week of Friday, February 27, 2015. Fans in attendance will be receiving a special limited edition commemorative poster celebrating Here In The Real World's 25th anniversary.

Since the release of Here In The Real World, Jackson has released 22 albums including two Christmas albums, two gospel albums and three Greatest Hits collections. The man from rural Newnan, GA, who claims he is just a “singer of simple songs,” has gone on to sell nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s).  He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. Jackson received the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014 having earned the title of most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.  He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.  He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.  Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.

Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR, sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, continues to be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today like the tour’s special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous – from his massive debut hit, “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the summertime party-anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many, many more.

Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR:

FEB 27             Los Angeles, CA                              Nokia Theatre LA LIVE
FEB 28             Phoenix, AZ                                      Ak-Chin Pavilion
**MAR 06       Dallas (Grand Prairie), TX              Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie**
^MAR 07           Houston, TX                                    Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
MAR 27           Augusta, GA                                      James Brown Arena
MAR 28           Greenville, SC                                  Bon Secours Wellness Arena
APR 09            Wilmington, NC                                North Carolina Azalea Festival
APR 11            Nashville, TN                                    Bridgestone Arena
APR 17           Kansas City (Independence), MO Independence Events Center
APR 18           Enid, OK                                             Enid Event Center
APR 24           St. Augustine, FL                               Augustine Amphitheatre
APR 25           Roanoke, VA                                     Berglund Center Coliseum
MAY 01           Sioux City, IA                                     Tyson Events Center
MAY 02           Brookings, SD                                   Swiftel Center
MAY 08           Green Bay, WI                                   Resch Center
MAY 09           Bloomington, IL                                US Cellular Coliseum
MAY 16           Salt Lake City (West Valley City), UT   USANA Amphitheatre
MAY 17           Denver (Morrison), CO                     Red Rocks Amphitheatre
^JUNE 20        Cullman, AL                                      Rock The South Festival
^JULY 7           Calgary, AB, CANADA                    Cowboys Stampede
^JULY 28         Paso Robles, CA                             California Mid-State Fair
^AUG 30         St. Paul , MN                                      Minnesota State Fair
^SEPT 26         Panama City Beach, FL                 Chasin’ The Sun Music Festival

**Jon Pardi and Ashley Monroe opening
^ Alan Jackson only (Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark not on bill)

Jackson’s tour is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration which kicked off last summer with the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which has been extended through June 21, 2015. The multi-platinum selling Grammy winner played two record-breaking sold out shows last October at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.

Tickets and information for all KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR dates will be available via local outlets and by visiting www.alanjackson.com, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more

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