Last Night: Alan Jackson At RodeoHouston

Alan Jackson Reliant Stadium March 18, 2011

Friday night was Alan Jackson's 19th performance at RodeoHouston. For two decades, he's managed to maintain his status as a country music icon, and last night's performance only furthered his image, if that's even possible. Jackson is genuine and all about the simple joys in life, and his music is a perfect representation of that.

Appropriately, his performance began with "Gone Country," a lively ditty about the appeal of a trouble-free lifestyle. By the song's end, at least by Jackson's account, the whole world goes country. And if that means we get to eat Rodeo food year-round, we're all for it.

"I know we've got some country boys down here in Houston," Jackson said just before he and his band began to play "Country Boy," a celebration of small-towns, big trucks and, you guessed it, country boys. "Country girls, too!"

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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