Alan Jackson Launches Country Music Hall of Fame Residency with Two-Hour-Plus Show

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/Getty Images/Schmidt PRAlan Jackson played for two hours and 22 minutes during the first of two Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame Wednesday night in Nashville. Alan's band members say they don't remember him ever playing a show that lasted over two hours.  The usually-reserved Alan also talked to the audience quite a bit throughout the night.

The set list included performances of Alan Jackson classics "Gone Country" and "I Don't Even Know Your Name," as well as recent hits such as "Good Time" and "As She's Walking Away." After Alan sang a brand-new song, titled "Angels and Alcohol," the audience gave him a standing ovation.

At first Alan was concerned the new song was too sad to sing. He told the crowd, "I don’t know why, but those sad ones are easier to write. I love listening to them, I love singing them, and I love writing them.” 

Alan returns for another sold-out performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame's CMA Theater on October 22. He's also featured in an exhibit at the Hall of Fame titled Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country.

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Montgomery Gentry Offering “Headlights” Bundle to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityMontgomery Gentry has teamed up with GhostTunes to offer a new bundle to help promote breast cancer awareness and fund research on the disease. The offering includes the duo's latest single, "Headlights," as well as a t-shirt with "Check Your Headlights" printed on the front along with an image of the grill of a vintage, pink Cadillac.

The duo's Troy Gentry wanted to get involved with the cause because of his wife and two daughters. As for Eddie Montgomery, he had a very personal reason for saying yes to this effort.

"Given my own personal battle with cancer and our blessed lives as husbands and fathers, Troy and I are always looking for ways to give back," Eddie says. “We hope our fans will have fun with this exclusive ‘Check Your Headlights’ bundle on GhostTunes and help make a difference.”

Look for a new album from Montgomery Gentry to hit stores early next year.

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Robin Roberts Hosting “Countdown to the CMA Awards” Special November 3

Image Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA new Robin Roberts special will premiere on ABC Monday, November 3 featuring some of country's top stars paying tribute to the genre's rich history. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music will feature musical tributes from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.

Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and a few other stars will also appear to talk about their favorite country songs.

Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music airs Monday, November 3 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET live from Nashville on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandy Clark and The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston will play the CMA Songwriters Series show at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday, November 4.

Jerrod Niemann's video for "Buzz Back Girl" premieres Thursday.

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