Backbeat: What Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney All Share At Country Radio Seminar
Backbeat: What Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney All Share At Country Radio Seminar

alan (L-R): Capitol Nashville COO Tom Becci; Capitol Nashville SVP Marketing Cindy Mabe; Capitol/EMI Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan; Alan Jackson; Capitol/EMI Nashville SVP Promotion Steve Hodges; EMI Nashville VP Promotion Angela Lange and CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne (Photo: Bev Moser/CRS)

On day two of CRS, Alan Jackson took time to sit down and discuss his long and illustrious career with a Q&A hosted by radio personality Lon Helton. Among some of the interesting moments came when Jackson talked about having to take over the steering wheel on a radio tour when the promo rep got sick. He also reminisced about his early days in Nashville with wife Denise. Helton brought out the fact that Jackson is one of only four singers to have written twenty of his number one hits - with Merle Haggard, John Lennon and Paul McCartney being the other three.

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Jackson also performed some of his biggest hits, offering stories behind songs like "Here In The Real World" and 1995's "Song For The Life," which was penned by Rodney Crowell - one of his few hits he didn't write. Jackson is slated to release a new album for EMI Music Nashville/ACR (Alan's Country Records) later this year - his first after a two decade run with Arista.

jackson Alan Jackson performs and speaks with "Country Aircheck's" Lon Helton at the Capitol Nashville luncheon. (Photo: Bev Moser/CRS)

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