Hee Haw was probably my biggest exposure to live music at a young age, because there wasn't any live music around my town and no one in my family played instruments.— Alan Jackson
The most interesting Alan Jackson quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
My mother kept asking me, 'When are you going to do a gospel album?' And I've always wanted to do a gospel album. Everybody was going on about it, so mom started hounding me more.
Faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us; but the greatest is love
For some reason I've been labeled that and it's fine, but there are a lot of other artists that sing real traditional stuff, so I don't know why they picked me. That's what I've always done.
To me, songwriting is the backbone of Nashville.
Looks can go, fads can go, but a good song lasts forever.
I don't like politics, hypocrites, folks with poodles.
Tonight I'm the designated drinker.
You think about people like Hank Williams, who stood on that spot of wood, and Mr. Acuff, and, of course, George Jones. And just about anybody you can think of who has made country music has been on that stage. That's what makes you so nervous - to think about the historical part of the Opry and how it's played such a part in country music.
Love is stolen in the shadows of the night.
Though it's wrong all along, it keeps going on as long as they keep it out of sight.
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke risin' against that blue sky? Did you shout out in anger, in fear of your neighbor or did you just sit down and cry?..
Pour me something tall and strong, make it a Hurricane before I go insane.
It's only half past twelve but I don't care, it's 5 O'clock somewhere.
Growing up in Georgia, I used to think people up north or out west were so different. They're really not. They're just regular people who live in small towns. They grow up and try to raise families and have a job and go to church and play softball. It's that way everywhere.
I've had to live with women all my life.
I grew up with four older sisters, and I was the baby and the only boy.
He's written some great songs. I thought that "Blues Man" was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute.
Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones and pray for the ones who don't know? Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble, and sob for the ones left below?
What I enjoy doing more than anything is, I have my little antique car collection, and when the weather is pretty I like to get out one of my old cars. I have a little route I run down in the country, down Nachez Trace Parkway. The loop down through there is just really relaxing, not much traffic.
I didn't realize until I was older what a huge music fan my daddy really was, and actually that my grandma played banjo at one time, and I didn't even know that until a year or two ago.
The fan base that I've had all these years has come along.
Some of them are not as plugged into the digital world, so they want to go out and buy the CD at Walmart or something.
I think if you retire from touring, then people think you are retired.
I've always wanted to make a bluegrass album.
If anything good came out of 9/11, to me, was that people were so cynical about the world - all you hear about on the news is all the bad stuff everyday, but what was refreshing to me was after that, you saw how many good people there are out there. For every one bad one, there's a thousand good ones.
When I was in high school, I don't know that I really had big dreams.
I could have done a hundred songs, really.
It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past.
I really was a fan of his and always have been - his writing especially, you know? I think people a lot of times overlook that part, because he kind of got into that party character so heavy.
Probably some of the songs I never even really listened to the lyrics.
Half of them I'd hear off the radio and was probably singing the wrong words and didn't even know it.
Oklahoma's always been good to me.
I think I've always approached making albums pretty much the same way.
I'm just looking for a mixture of songs and topics that aren't the same thing over and over.
You just write about things that happen.
Making music is still what keeps a fire going on in me.
If you can last until you're 40 years old, hopefully you'll be mature enough to figure out the rest of the years.
I've had several working-man songs that I like.
Wembley way is beginning to blacked with people in terms of red and blue
A country song is a song about life.
I've always stood up for country music.
The older you are, I think you realize what you enjoy and what you don't need, what wears you out and what's important.
I'm hooked on my baby's love, there ain't nothing in the jug this strong.
It's a scary word, 'cancer.'
I like to write sad songs. They're much easier to write and you get a lot more emotion into them. But people don't want to hear them as much. And radio definitely doesn't; they want that positive, uptempo thing.
You think a lot of people get to be big stars and get a little crazy, but most of the ones I've ever met have always been surprisingly normal, and I've enjoyed that.
I mean, my voice has gotten a little deeper sounding as I've gotten older, I think. I noticed that.
I've always said that if you have songs on the radio and get played, you've got to have a tour to support that.
There's no hall of fame for that working class hero, no statue carved out of stone. And his greatest reward is the love of a woman and his children.
I'm usually just enjoying life.
I always try to make the music that I like and think my fans will like.
I don't write all my stuff. Everybody always thinks that. But in just about every album I've ever had has been about 50-50 songs I've written or co-written and other people's songs.
The music business doesn't take up that much of my time.
I probably should put a little more energy into it.
I grew up with nothing, so whenever I got to where I could have something I felt like I needed to have everything I couldn't have when I was young.
I think every album you have, especially if it's done well, you feel like you're competing with yourself.
If you just do 50 to 60 shows a year, it's not that much time away from home.
I've been a lot of places, and my wife, Denise, she likes a lot of the fancy restaurants. I'm more of a basic eater. I still go into Cracker Barrel. Those are the kind of people who like the kind of music I'm making.