"Music for Mike" Benefit Concert

The Music for Mike list of performers, which reads like a country music Who’s-Who, includes recent Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson, superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, and critically acclaimed entertainer Brad Paisley, along with BlackHawk, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, Phil Vassar and Steve Wariner.

Alan Jackson Looks Back on the Vivid Storytelling of His Biggest Songs: 'It Must Be a Gift From Heaven'

When it comes to deeply autobiographical storytelling that resonates with the masses, no singer-songwriter does it better than Alan Jackson. Whether it's the honky-tonk-styled “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” or his quietly evocative 9/11 tribute “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?,” Jackson tells Billboard he almost always “visualizes” his music, drawing from his own experiences. In the days leading up to his induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame on June 14, the keeper of 35 No. 1 country hits


Alan Jackson will receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader who throughout their career has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.

GQ: We Got All Dressed Up with 15 Living Legends of Country Music

Since the dawn of this country, men and women have been tying strings to hollow-bodied objects, putting on their finest clothes, and singing stories of love and heartbreak, hardship and triumph. Here, we pay homage to country and Americana music by getting all dressed up with 15 of our favorite storytellers—a mix of unimpeachable O.G.’s and rising young legends-to-be.

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