“Gone Country” is perhaps one of Alan Jackson’s most prosperous single in his entire career. It was massively embraced by country music lovers. The song was certified multi-platinum, it topped the country charts, and it bagged two awards from two credible award-giving bodies.
Twenty-four years ago today, Alan Jackson earned his tenth number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Also, he took home two top trophies from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association. Those were “Male Vocalist of the Year” (ACM) and his very first “Entertainer of the Year” (CMA). Thanks to his successful single “Gone Country.” It placed Alan Jackson to a higher ladder of prominence.
Bob McDill penned the words and lyrics of “Gone Country.” It was part of Kenny’s album “Who I Am.” The song was the third single along with “Summertime Blues” and “Livin’ On Love.” In addition, the song placed at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart
Moreover, “Gone Country,” tells the stories of three different styles of singers, a lounge singer, folk singer, and a classically trained singer. Those singers found their comfort and forte in country music.
Bob McDill was Alan Jackson’s all-time favorite songwriter. McDill was mostly known songwriter of the “Gentle Giant” Don Williams.
Alan Jackson never disappoints his country supporters before and up to these days by giving them the best of what he can offer. Most of his singles pierced the country music obsessives. It even inspired them in so many ways. Indeed, Alan Jackson is considered the best country artist we have now and then.
Growing up, Alan Jackson sings in the church. He, most of the time, listens to gospel music, too. Then, he started a band after graduating from high school. At the age of 27, along with his wife Denise, he moved to Nashville to pursue his musical career full time.
Alan Jackson struggled to penetrate the world of country music, but because of hard work, he was able to. After the release of his very first single, he was known and became so popular. He then started creating songs of his own. Now, he can already be considered a legend.
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