Alan Jackson to perform Friday at Expo Center
Sunday, 29 April 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Country music legend Alan Jackson is coming to the Bell County Expo Center this Friday.
For one night, the two-time Grammy award winner, will perform to help celebrate the Bell County Expo Center and Central Texas State Fair's 25th anniversary.
Although tickets went on sale in February, the show is now sold out.
Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three Greatest Hits albums, two holiday albums, a gospel album and several compilations. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs."
Of his entries, 35 were No. 1 hits, with 50 in the Top 10.
Along with his Grammy's, Jackson has won 16 CMA awards and 17 ACM awards. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Since releasing his 16th studio album, entitled "Freight Train," in 2010, Jackson released his third greatest hits album, signed a new record deal with Capitol's EMI Records Nashville and released another album with singles "Long Way to Go" and "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" in 2011.
Jackson's stop in Belton will be one his last before taking his 2012 tour to Canada in April. Jackson will release his newest album, "Thirty Miles West," in June.
Casey James will open the show Friday night. James first emerged on the national scene with his third-place run on Season 9 of American Idol, but he had already been making music for more than a decade when he took his mom's advice to try out for the hit series. Following his success on Idol, James set his sights on Nashville, touring with Sugarland in early 2011 and playing his own shows while working on his upcoming debut album, set for release in 2012.
Later this month, another big-time act will grace the Expo stage as Godsmack and Staind will be in town as part of their "Mass Chaos" tour. The show is at 6:30 p.m. on April 22. Tickets can be purchased at the Bell County Expo Center Box Office, ITR at Fort Hood and Texas Box Office outlets including select H-E-B stores. You can also purchase tickets by phone at (254) 477-6060 or online at www.texasboxoffice.com.