Alan Jackson pulls out of CMA Fest

If you were planning on heading to the madness that is CMA Fest in Nashville next week, one of the few bright spots when it comes to the event’s big headliners has officially pulled out. . Alan Jackson was scheduled to perform on the main stage at Nissan Stadium on Saturday June 11 as the headliner, but canceled for undisclosed reasons.

Alan Jackson leaves such a gaping hole in the lineup that it will take two acts to replace him. Old Dominion and Brothers Osborne are now scheduled for this slot, but good luck satisfying Alan Jackson fans. If anything, it might put them off.

There are plenty of interesting and entertaining events happening on the outskirts of CMA Fest, such as Marty Stuart’s annual Late Night Jam, which will feature Billy Strings and others this year, as well as noteworthy acts on the side stages. . But Alan Jackson’s involvement has likely been a big draw for many fans of the more traditional side of country music at an event that otherwise speaks significantly to the more current, more traditional side of country.

Although we do not know if health is the reason for the cancellation, Alan Jackson confirmed in September last year that he suffered from the neurological disease Charcot-Marie-Tooth, also known as CMT . It mainly affects the peripheral nervous system, causing balance problems by compromising the small muscles in the extremities of the body. The good news is that the disease is not life threatening or affect longevity. But it affected Jackson’s ability to stand and move.

Nevertheless, Alan Jackson will leave on his “Last Call Tour” this summer, with its first port of call in Biloxi, Mississippi, on June 24. Jackson made sure to clarify that he didn’t call it a “final” tour. But with his ongoing health issues, there’s no guarantee how long he’ll be able to play.

Alan Jackson released his latest album Where did you go to praise in 2021.

Toya J. Bell