Alan Jackson's legacy began way back in the summer of 1989 when he signed his first record deal with Arista Nashville. His blockbuster debut album Here In The Real World arrived the following spring and propelled him into the stratosphere of country music history. Since then, he has amassed 60 million albums sold worldwide and registered 35 No. 1 hits (including the Billboard charts). He was a member of what is now referred to as the "neo traditionalist" movement, a bold return to the format's roots (while still pushing the boundaries). To commemorate his achievements and dedication to the genre, The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum will launch an exhibit next month to honor the singer-songwriter.
The presentation, which opens Aug. 29, will run through March 2015. “This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” Museum Director Kyle Young shares in a statement on Wed. (July 23). “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his Artist-in-Residence shows this fall are not to be missed.”
Jackson is also set to be the next Artist In Residence, marking him the first artist to ever be featured in an exhibit, too, at the same time. He will perform intimate showcases later this year.
A few of the Jackson pieces, highlighting his personal and professional life, include various awards, instruments, costumes, mementos, albums and music videos. A few of those items are: his 2001 CMA Awards guitar, with which he performed "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)"; his personal collection of The Andy Griffith Show memorabilia; his first tricycle; the water ski featured in his now-iconic "Chattahoochee" video; and handwritten manuscripts of his classic hits, including "Drive," "Livin' On Love" and "First Love."
At this year's CMT Music Awards, Jackson was honored with a special performance, delivered by Lee Ann Womack and newcomer Kacey Musgraves--with a touching introduction by Carrie Underwood. The two songbirds performed "Livin' On Love," as images of his most well-known music videos splashed across the backdrop. Later in the three-hour telecast, the singer was gifted the show's first-ever Impact Award.
Find out more information about the exhibit here.