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“Nashville’s Nice Guy” Alan Jackson gets candid about his often complicated, but sweet, life YouTube/Screenshot

Twenty five years.

That’s how long it’s been since we’ve had Alan Jackson in our lives, singing simple songs and feel-good melodies. Called “Nashville’s Nice Guy” and “Country’s Storyteller,” Jackson has led quite a life in the spotlight. Yet, in a recent interview with correspondent Lee Cowan, on a July 12 segment of “CBS Sunday Morning,” it’s the life away from the spotlight that Jackson got candid about.

He talked of his nervousness before getting on stage and how his voice has gotten deeper with age. He opened his Nashville-area home to the cameras and discussed his brief separation from his wife in 1997. He spoke of his cars and his awards and the songs that kept him up at night.

But most of all, he talked about country music.

“(I’ve been) singing songs about life and love and heartache and drinking and dancing and singing and having a good time and all these little things that have always been in my mind when I think about country music,” expressed Jackson, who will release his first studio album in three years “Angels and Alcohol” on July 17, the same day in which he will perform on the Toyota Summer Concert Series stage as part of the “Today” show.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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