Alan Jackson went way back in time for his pair of performance on “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” Nov. 8. At Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member performed his early 1990s hits, “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” as the show’s final numbers.
Alan actually performed in two parts, broken up by a commercial break and then Reba McEntire’s presentation of the Entertainer of the Year trophy to Garth Brooks. Clad in jeans and one of his signature cropped, fringed jackets, Alan first performed “Rainbow” solo, then returned with show hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to close out the show with “Jukebox.” The second half, unfortunately, was marred by some audio problems, some of which seemed to stem from Alan and Brad’s microphones.
Surprisingly, Alan chose to sing his classics instead of his brand new song, “The Older I Get,” which he just released a poignant music video for on Nov. 2. But his choice was inspired as it energized the country music-loving crowd into a sing-along during both performances. The camera panned to Luke Bryan and wife Caroline, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne and several other stars all singing along from their seats in the audience.