Alan Jackson Goes Down Yonder
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Though Alan Jackson was in his mid-'30s in 1993, he was clearly channeling his teenage years on this GRAMMY-nominated country tune. Featuring a reminiscing Jackson longing for those days when all there was to learn was a lot about living and a little about love, the song and accompanying video offer up a perfect dose of summer fun in the sun.
Directed by Martin Kahan, whose résumé also includes videos for Bon Jovi, Tracy Byrd, Kenny Chesney, and Kiss, among others, the video captures what life must have been like for Jackson growing up along the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, complete with jet ski rides, fishing, splashing in the water and, of course, young love. Shifting back and forth between present-day Jackson and a young Jackson, we learn the river was where he talked about cars, dreamt about women, learned how to swim, and learned a lot about livin' and a little 'bout love. The Chattahoochee was also the backdrop for Jackson's youthful encounter with a blonde-haired girl. We eventually learn he had to settle for a "burger and a grape snow cone" and dropping her off early.
Featured on his 1992 album A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love), which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, "Chattahoochee," co-written by Jackson and Jim McBride, earned two GRAMMY nominations in 1993 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male and Best Country Song. With an impressive 20 nominations to his name, Jackson earned his first GRAMMY in 2002 for Best Country Song for "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)," which he wrote following Sept. 11, 2001. Jackson's most recent GRAMMY came in 2010 for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "As She's Walking Away" with the Zac Brown Band.
More than 20 years following the release of his debut album, 1989's Here In The Real World, on June 5 Jackson released his 17th studio album, Thirty Miles West, on his own record label, Alan's Country Records. The album features 13 songs, six of which were written by Jackson, a pairing with Zac Brown on "Dixie Highway," and "When I Saw You Leaving (For Nisey)," which Jackson penned for his wife, Denise, while she was battling cancer.
"I don't feel like I've tried to change my style of writing to fit in with anything different," Jackson told TheBoot.com. "I'm still writing about things that [are] going on in life. You just write about things that happen."
On June 9 Jackson will kick off a tour in support of Thirty Miles West, traveling hundreds of miles east, west, north, and south, with select dates scheduled through October.
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