August 29, 2014 - June 21, 2015
In his 25-year career, Alan Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success. Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. This exhibit gave fans a deep look into Jackson’s career and personal life, showcasing awards, instruments, clothes, personal mementos, albums and music videos.
Among the artifacts on display in the exhibit Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keeping It Country were:
- The guitar he played on the CMA Awards when he debuted “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” just two months after the September 11 terrorist attacks and the nation’s response that inspired the song.
- The front of an old, red Ford pickup truck that served as Jackson’s first Fan Fair booth, before his sister and brother-in-law had it made into a desk.
- Items from Jackson’s collection of “Mayberry” memorabilia—a jacket, jersey and autographed picture from Don Knotts—from one of his favorite television shows, The Andy Griffith Show.
- Jackson’s first tricycle, childhood bike and scooter, evidence that his love of vehicles started early.
- Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the cover of the seminal album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love).
- The water ski Jackson rode, while wearing his trademark white cowboy hat, in the “Chattahoochee” music video.
- A collection of belt buckles from the Houston Rodeo—which Jackson has played more than 20 times.
- Handwritten manuscripts of classics like “Drive,” “First Love” (about his ’55 T-bird), “Livin’ on Love” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
- Numerous music awards, a sailfish caught by Jackson and much more.