Country superstar Alan Jackson is set to hit the stage at the 102nd Annual California Rodeo in Salinas. This will be the first appearance for the multi-platinum star in the history of rodeo. Jackson stops in the “Salad Bowl” Capitol of the world amid a 23 city North American tour to gather momentum for his latest album, Thirty Miles West. The tour launched on Sunday March 18, 2012 in Houston and runs through September 29 to its’ finale in Bloomsburg, PA. The tour stops in the area on Saturday July 21st for what should be Salinas’ most ambitious show to date.
Alan Jackson began his career in country music in 1989 when he signed with the Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records as their first artist. His discography includes: 13 studio albums, with more than 50 singles making Billboards “Top 30 Country” songs list. 50 of those singles made the top ten and an astonishing 35 singles at number one. Jackson’s accolades threaten the capacity of any mans trophy cabinet with: 15 Platinum records, nearly 65 million albums sold, 17 CMA & 16 ACM awards, 7 time ASCAP singer/songwriter of the year awards, 46 ASCAP Country song awards, 2 AMA’s and is the recipient of 2 Grammy awards. He shows no signs of slowing down with the momentum of his current tour and a recent performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where Jackson performed his latest single “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” on March 31st.
The group responsible for bringing the country megastar is David Drew Productions, a local outfit, who’s brought in names to the area such as: George Thorogood, Jessica Simpson, Styx and Lynard Skynard. The young production company was founded by it’s namesake, David Drew in an attempt to bring more musical entertainment to the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay. Drew began his production company from success in a career in agricultural shipping. The agriculture industry is the main economy in the Salinas valley and Drew used his business savvy and finances to start his passion project. The acquisition of Alan Jackson to the list of artists that Drew Productions has brought to the area has given the young company notice to well established entertainment markets and is sure to be the tip of the entertainment iceberg for the Salinas Valley. Alan Jackson hits the stage on Saturday July 21st to a sold-out crowd following a yet to be named opener at 8:30 p.m.