The world of country music is evolving, and for the most part, it's for the better. (You gotta love the diversity that Big & Rich bring with their multilingual rapping.) But there's something to be said about a tried-and-true country crooner. And for that, we tip our hats to Alan Jackson, a modern classic who's more at home with jeans and geetar strummin' than metrosexual duds and drum machines. Often credited with introducing neotraditional country (a genre that harks back to the ´50s-and-´60s country era) to the mainstream, Jackson brings the same honesty to the game as predecessors like Johnny Cash did. Whether it's a simple country gospel tune, an aching ballad, or a boot-scootin' ditty like his '90s "Crazy About a Ford Truck" commercial jingle (seriously, who wouldn't want to buy a Ford truck and "move it up and down the road" after that song?), Jackson delivers pristine country hooks that you can hang your Stetson on. He's the perfect match for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a neotraditional event itself.
Wed., March 15