- Aug 29, 2010
That girl has an amazing voice!This girl does an unbelievable job on this Fleetwood Mac song.
In 1999, country legend George Jones release the Billy Yates and Mike Curtis-written song “Choices” as the lead single from his Cold Hard Truth record. It was an absolute hit and even won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
When the CMA Awards came around later than year, it was nominated for Single Of The Year as well and the CMAs even invited George to perform the song during the ceremony.
However, they were only going to give George, a country music LEGEND, approximately a minute to perform an abridged version of the song. George refused and didn’t even come to the show.
So when it was Alan Jackson’s turn to perform (the CMAs asked him to play his current single “Pop A Top”), Alan gave them a big middle finger and played, “Choices.”
He began his performance with “Pop A Top,” but about halfway through, he broke into the George Jones hit and was immediately awarded a standing ovation.
And when he was done, he just walked right off that stage and out of the building. Not back to his chair, Alan wasn’t sticking around for the rest of it. He made his statement and left.
When asked about it later, George admitted he was moved to tears by the gesture.
For this one we’re taking it back to 1994, and what, in my mind, is the greatest country music awards show moment in history.
Alan Jackson was giving a big fat middle finger to the Academy of Country Music with his performance of “Gone Country” at the 29th Annual ACM Awards
Although Jackson ended up taking home quite a few awards and was nominated for a bunch of others, he got pissed when producers told him that he had to perform with a pre-recorded backing track.
Alan was, and still is, an old school dude. You don’t lip sync, you don’t use pre-recorded tracks… live music is live music and there is no faking it.
So what did Alan do?
He sent his drummer Bruce Rutherford out there with no drumsticks.
That’s right, ol’ Bruce is behind the drum kit just waving his hands around like a mad man at nothing… absolutely priceless.
Alan Jackson told the driver to keep the bus running, when he finished he walked off the stage with his guitar and out the back door like a boss. Respect.
I think he did say that in an interview. Speaking of George’s funeral, this one gets me every time when Vince loses his composure and Patty has to sing the song for him.I remember that...I thought he actually said something like
"When GJones dies he's gonna get a 30 minute eulogy but we can't give him 2 minutes today"
....but it's been a long time. I may have that mixed up.