(Left) Wade Payne, AP File/(Right) Grand Ole Opry YouTube Channel
Alan Jackson has always done an excellent job at honoring those who came before him. In 1999, he released an entire album dedicated to his musical heroes, and the result was spectacular.
Called Under the Influence, the album featured covers of George Jones, Charley Pride, and Jimmy Buffett, just to name a few. Jackson also tackled Hank Williams Jr.‘s “The Blues Man,” and even released it as a single off of the album. It peaked at the 37th spot on the charts, but what’s even more remarkable is what Jackson did with the song at the 2000 ACM Awards.
Jackson charmed the crowd as he sang “The Blues Man,” which showed off his range and gave him the chance to hit some really low notes. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Jackson managed to get Williams himself to come out on the stage and join him on the song!
The audience seemingly had no idea that Williams was going to sing as well, because when he made his entrance everyone went wild. Jackson took a step back once Williams made his way onstage, allowing his good friend to finish out the song on his own.
Ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t get much better than this. You don’t want to miss out on hearing these two country greats sing together, so don’t wait a second longer. Tune in to the video below to see Jackson and Williams perform “The Blues Man.”