Mega country star Alan Jackson will perform at this year’s Washington State Fair held in Puyallup. Anyone interested in the Columbia Bank concert series, which includes the “Keepin’ it Country” tour on September 17, can purchase tickets at www.thefair.com starting at 10:00 am on March 19. Ticket prices range between $50 and $85, which covers admission at the gate.
Joining Jackson at the Washington State Fair are other country favorites, including Matt Maher, Tim McGraw, Train, For King and Country, and others.
Born in Georgia, Jackson was the youngest of five children. He recently celebrated 25 years in the business, having written his first country song in 1983. In an effort to become a big star, he and his wife traveled to Nashville. To earn a living, he worked for The Nashville Network as a mail clerk while his wife, a flight attendant, crossed paths with someone who would soon have a huge impact on his career, Glenn Campbell.
After working for Campbell’s publishing company, Jackson became the first artist to sign a deal with Arista Nashville, a new branch of Arista Records. Then in 1989, things changed dramatically with the release of his single, “Blue Blooded Woman”. Although the song was not a huge hit, the album was.
Jackson and Randy Travis co-wrote numerous songs such as “A Lot about Livin’”, leading to his first CMA award. Jackson also received the Song of the Year award for “Chattahoochee”, which he will perform at the Washington State Fair.
With an incredible voice and unrivaled songwriting ability, Jackson’s concerts sell out quickly. For that reason, Washington State Fair organizers encourage people to buy their tickets as early as possible.
In all, Jackson has sold more than 60 million albums around the world. In addition to his recently written song, “Angels and Alcohol” flying off the charts, Jackson ranks among the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all time, having received over 150 awards within the country music industry.
The “Keepin’ it Country” tour begins on March 18 in Jackson, Mississippi at the Mississippi Coliseum. From there, Jackson will hit a number of cities, including:
• March 19 – Thackerville, Oklahoma / WinStar World Casino
• April 16 – Anaheim, California / Honda Center
• April 29 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin / UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
• April 30 – Sioux City, Iowa / Tyson Events Center
• August 5 – Hinckley, Minnesota / Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
• August 19 – Toledo, Ohio / Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
• November 4 – Lincoln, Nebraska / Pinnacle Bank Arena
• November 5 – Fargo, North Dakota / Scheels Arena