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.
“It’s such an honor to be included with all these people,” a humble and visibly moved Alan Jackson said as he became a member of the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual induction gala in New York City Thursday/last night.
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