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Alan Jackson tells us how George Strait helped shape his life in a big way Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

If anyone deserves to go into the Country Music Hall of Fame, it’s Alan Jackson. From the very beginning of his career, Alan has always been intent on keeping classic country music alive in his own songs.

However, Alan insists he never let himself think about one day getting into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He simply patterned his music and career after a lot of artists who he will join in the Hall of Fame when he’s formally inducted this October.

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Speaking of those artists he looks up to in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan tells Rare Country, “I’d have to have a list I’ve got so many. All my old heroes have been around from George Jones and Merle Haggard and, of course, George Strait was in there not long ago. I’ve always been a big fan of George and kind of felt like I was following in his footsteps a lot along the way.”

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George and Alan even won a CMA Award together back in 2000 for their traditional country anthem, “Murder on Music Row.”

They also teamed up on the 50th Annual CMA Awards last year for a collaboration on Alan’s “Remember When” and George’s “Troubadour.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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