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With 13 platinum albums, two Grammy Awards, and countless outer country music awards, Alan Jackson is one of the most celebrated country musicians alive today. Jackson's tour dates have also been in high demand since the early 90s, and the superstar continues to tour and release albums to this day. Alan Jackson's latest release, Freight Train, has continued to reward audiences with the artist's classic sound and he plans to do the same on his tour dates in 2011.
Alan Jackson's career began to take off after his wife, Denise, introduced him to Glen Campbell and, in 1989, became the first artist signed to Arista Nashville. Jackson's musical career began on a positive note, when his first two albums -- Here in the Real World and Don't Rock the Jukebox -- both went multi-platinum and broke into the top 5 of the US country charts. While fairly high profile tour dates followed, they paled in comparison to what would follow the release of A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)." The album went platinum six times, won two CMA Awards, and featured the #1 singles "She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)" and "Chattahoochee." Jackson's follow-up in 1994, Who I Am, also received critical acclaim, went platinum four times, and featured the hit singles "Summertime Blues" and "Livin' on Love."
Alan Jackson received universal attention in 2001, when his 9/11 tribute song, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)", became a sort of anthem for the tragedy and won him his first Grammy. Jackson continued to play sold out tour dates and release platinum albums, up through 2002 when he released his tenth album, Drive. The album went platinum four times, reached the top of nearly all music charts, and received nearly universal claim from critics and audiences. Alan Jackson might be best known for a duet with Jimmy Buffett on his song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" off his Greatest Hits Volume II. While the Alison Krauss produced, 2006 album, Like Red on a Rose, only went gold, it was largely praised by fans and critics.
While Alan Jackson's latest album, Freight Train, hasn't had enough time to go platinum, its well on its way. Fans that enjoyed the album will enjoy the dozen or so 2011 tour dates that Alan Jackson has planned over the summer and fall. As of late July, Jackson's concert schedule has him in Canada and the northeastern US before heading to Norway and Sweden in early August. Jackson will return to play shows in the US and Canada in mid-August before ending his 2011 tour dates on November 3. For all of the latest Alan Jackson concert schedule info, be sure to visit Eventful.
..From remote Isonville, KY, to an international following in Bluegrass music,
Don Rigsby has remained true to his mountain roots and made his own marks
as a powerful tenor and distinctive mandolin player.
..Born February 18, 1968, Don Rigsby grew up listening to early Ralph Stanley
records and to the high lonesome sounds of his cousin Ricky Scaggs,
learning from those who went before him and then adding his own personal
touches. Also influenced by the late Keith Whitley, another Elliot County
native, Don comes from a family and community of traditional musicians.
..He has sung since he can remember, started playing guitar at age 12, added
the mandolin and fiddle, and plays dulcimer. For his sixth birthday, Don was
taken to the Paramount Arts Center in nearby Ashland, KY, to hear his hero
Ralph Stanley perform “Little Maggie” and got an unforgettable bonus when
Keith Whitley came out to the audience, hoisted young Don onto his
shoulders, and carried him backstage to meet Ralph for the first time.
..Don worked his way through Morehead State University playing music with
Charlie Sizemore, emerged onto the national scene as a member of The
Bluegrass Cardinals, played with JD Crowe and The New South, and was a
member of the award-winning Lonesome River Band. The two-time
Grammy nominee and two-time SPBGMA Traditional Male Vocalist of the
Year shared two IBMA Awards while performing with Longview and sang on
a Grammy-winning album by rocker John Fogerty.
..Rigsby has released three solo albums. His first, “A Vision,” won the
Association of Independent Music's “Gospel Album of the Year” award and
was nominated for an IBMA Award. He received the 1999 Bluegrass Now
Magazine Fans' Choice Award for Vocal Tenor of the Year and the 2001
Governor's Kentucky Star Award. “Empty Old Mailbox,” the title track
from his third album won the 2001 Song of the Year Award from SPBGMA.
In 2005, Rigsby was awarded two IBMA awards for his role as producer of
the Larry Sparks project “40” for Recorded Event of the Year and Album of
the Year. He has recorded two albums with Dudley Connell, with plans for
a third, and continues to record with Midnight Call and Longview.
..In 2001, Rigsby became the first full-time director of Morehead State
University's Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, an innovative program
designed to preserve and promote traditional music in all forms, including
programs for schools and a minor in Traditional Music at MSU. He was
instrumental in founding “Bluegrass 'n More: A Celebration of Appalachian
Heritage,” an annual early June festival in Morehead that features Bluegrass,
gospel, and other forms of mountain music, as well as folk art, fine art,
writing workshops, lectures, and exhibitions of Appalachian cultural
innovations. Through his role at MSU, Don taught vocal harmony classes
for the Traditional Music minor, and coordinated classes, workshops,
concerts, and school tours by new and old stars of traditional music.
..Don has a rich heritage and lifelong experience in traditional music and
continues to propel it into the next generation through his love and
dedication to preserving the sounds of old.
..For booking, please contact:
..Jason R. Grubb
..PO Box 2056
..Beaver, WV 25813
..304-763-5122 (phone) 304-763-5188 (fax)