Packed inside the Van Andel Arena on a Saturday night, Alan Jackson takes us back in time with his “Good Times” tour.
On a cold Saturday evening in Grand Rapids, MI, country superstar Alan Jackson raises the temperature inside the Van Andel Arena as he delivers a mega load of country classics to the full capacity crowd.
The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning, credited country music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member entertained the crowd with hits spanning back over Alan’s 30-year career.
With a career that has accumulated 16 studio albums, 66 singles and 35 #1 hits, you know you are in for a treat of great country music.
The show begins with a short video clip of Alan and some of the accolades collected over the length of his career. As he softly strolls to center stage he welcomes the crowd with a big grin and wave while the band intros “Gone Country.”
The three-time CMA Entertainer Of The Year lives up to the title by keeping his crowd of all ages up and moving for the entire 90 minute, 22 song show in Grand Rapids. With fun up-tempo tunes like “I Don’t Even Know Your Name,” “Good Time,” “Pop A Top,” “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” and “Chattahoochee,” Alan has them all dancing and feeling good.
Midway through the show, Alan is joined at the front of the stage by his band as they all sit on stools. They play as if they are sitting on the back porch of an old country farm, just a bit more intimate as Alan sings and tells stories.
Alan tells a story of him coming to Nashville and telling himself that if he doesn’t make it in five years that he will return back to Georgia. After getting a record deal in 1989, he made his first album and it wasn’t all that good. He packed up and returned home to his wife disappointed knowing he needed to do something to pay for a baby on the way. Fortunately, the label released “Here In The Real World” next, and Alan hasn’t had to work another day since.
This is a big year for Alan and his wife, Denise, as they will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. Alan pulls out a song that he and the band haven’t played in a while. His first #1 song, “I’d Love You All Over Again” is dedicated to his wife of all these years.
Being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, they ask Alan about an old radio of his father’s that he and his family grew up listening to. After finally finding it and cleaning it up, it is making it’s way to the Hall just like he has. He sings about it in “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.”
After a string of older tunes from his beginning, Alan comes back to the current with his latest single “The Older I Get.” Before singing he commented, it’s not one I wrote but it fits with where I am at in my life.
Removing the stools and the band returning to their places on stage, Alan gets “Little Bitty” before claiming to be a “Country Boy.”
Dedicating “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” to his father, no words were needed for his heartfelt dedication to the country with “Where Were You (When The World Stop Turning).” While everyone in attendance sang along and held their lit cell phone in the air to light up the arena, sad, haunting images from that day on the large video screen behind the stage reminded us all of that day in September of 2001.
Alan wraps up his evening’s performance with “Where I Come From,” but not before returning for a standing ovation and an encore rendition of “Mercury Blues.”
Alan is known for giving breaks by offering opportunities to young artists to join him on tour and help launch their own musical careers. Also, giving them the opportunity to play large venues and festivals. For most of the 2019 Good Times tour, William Michael Morgan joins Alan on stage as his opening act. This true traditional country sounding up and coming artist is best known for his debut single “I Met A Girl” from his debut album Vinyl.
William entertains the crowd with additional hits “Missin'” and the title track from his first album along with covers “Check Yes Or No” by George Strait and “Long Haired Country Boy” by Charlie Daniels.
Opening each show along the tour, Alan brings out an aspiring singer-songwriter from his own honky-tonk AJ’s Good Time Bar located on the famed lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. For the show here in Grand Rapids is none other than AJ’s house band and real country music artist Jay Bragg,
Jay got the Van Andel Arena boot scootin’ by his pure country sounds of Conway Twitty with “I’d Love To Lay You Down,” “King Of The Road” by Roger Miller and “As Good As I Once Was” by Toby Keith.
With tonight’s show as an example, it is evident that the sounds of traditional country music are once again becoming popular and the rebirth of a genre is on the rise. As per the attending crowd, the music is reaching out to fans of all ages as there were attendees of such at the show, singing word for word and dancing to all the songs of all years.
The popularity of pure traditional country music gives artists like William and Jay a fighting chance to have a good career and life over the next 30+ years just as Alan has been fortunate to have.
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Event Date: 23-FEB-2019