Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Arista Nashville will release Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, a definitive three CD career-defining anthology of music from country superstar Alan Jackson, on Friday, November 6, 2015.
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Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story brings together 59 indispensable classic recordings drawn from all phases of Jackson’s career at Arista Nashville and debuts eight previously unreleased tracks including a live version of The Eagles’ hit “Seven Bridges Road,” recorded in Birmingham, Alabama on November 1, 1997, and a rare live rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” recorded in 2001.
The first artist signed to the newly-formed Arista Nashville imprint (shortly after the label’s launch in 1989), Georgia-born singer/songwriter/musician/performer Alan Jackson combined elements of traditional American honky-tonk, bluegrass, gospel and mainstream country music with a fresh contemporary sound all his own.
During his tenure at Arista Nashville, Alan Jackson recorded an extraordinary 50 Top 10 hits, watching 35 of them reach the top of the country charts, including 26 Billboard #1’s.
Though his debut single, “Blue Blooded Woman,” failed to crack the Hot Country Top 40, his subsequent releases, beginning with “Here in the Real World” in 1990, formed an unbroken chain of chart-topping country hits including “Wanted,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “I’d Love You All Over Again,” his first #1. His second album, 1991’s Don’t Rock the Jukebox showcased no less than four #1 singles: the title track, “Someday,” “Dallas” and “Love’s Got a Hold on You.” His third album, A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love) featured two #1’s: “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” and “Chattahoochee,” which took home the 1994 Country Music Association Awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
As the 21st century dawned, Alan Jackson secured his place in the mainstream of musical history when “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” became an anthem of hope and comfort in the wake of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The song brought home a pair of Country Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
2015 finds Alan Jackson still at the top of his game. He celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist with a special 25-date tour and was honored with “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country,” a retrospective exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. In July 2015, Jackson released his 15th studio album, Angels and Alcohol, through Alan’s Country Records/EMI Nashville; the record became his 14th #1 album.
Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story comes with an exclusive booklet featuring tributes to Alan Jackson and his music offered by such diverse talents as Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, George Strait, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack, and the late George Jones. A special poster is also included, featuring a panoramic shot of the entire visual exhibit from “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country.”