Some of Alan Jackson’s most personal artifacts will be on display during a special exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Opening August 29th, “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country” will chronicle the country traditionalist’s quarter-century career, as well as key moments of his upbringing in Newnan, Georgia.
Among the items featured are handwritten lyrics to Jackson’s hits “Livin’ on Love” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” the Harley-Davidson featured on the cover of the album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love), Jackson’s water ski from the wet and wild video for “Chattahoochee,” Jackson’s childhood bicycle and various awards. “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country,” named after a favorite saying of Jackson’s — he once inscribed a guitar with the words “Keep it country” for George Jones — is set to run through March 2015.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was also named the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Artist-in-Residence for 2014. With that honor, Jackson will perform intimate concerts in conjunction with the Hall of Fame this fall. Previous Artists-in-Residence have included Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill and Kris Kristofferson. Jackson’s honor, however, will mark the first time an Artist-in-Residence has had a corresponding exhibit open in the Hall of Fame.