JUST IN: Alan Jackson is no longer performing at CMA Fest

Alan Jackson will no longer perform at CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Country Music Association announced the unfortunate news on Friday, June 3, days before the 49th annual country music festival, which will take place in Downtown Music City from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12.

Alan Jackson; Photo courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

The country music icon was originally scheduled to perform at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 11, alongside Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood and more. Brothers Osborne has now been added to Saturday’s lineup.

No official statement has yet been shared by Jackson.

While it’s unclear if the cancellation is health-related, in 2021 the “Chattahoochee” singer revealed he was living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorder, a chronic inherited neuropathy. which causes damage to the nerves and impairs muscle function. , movement and balance, for years.

Jackson opened up about his condition in an interview with TODAY the show’s host, Jenna Bush Hager, in September 2021.

Alan Jackson;  Photo courtesy of NBC's TODAY show
Alan Jackson; Photo courtesy of NBC’s TODAY show

At the time, Jackson detailed his condition to Bush Hager, who the Georgia native said was diagnosed a decade ago. “I have this neuropathy and this neurological condition,” Jackson revealed.

He continued to share that the disease, inherited from his father, is progressing and is now affecting his ability to walk.

“It’s genetics that I inherited from my father … There is no cure, but it has affected me for years”, continued the interpreter of “Where Have You Gone”. “And it is becoming more and more evident. And I know I stumble on stage. And now I have a little trouble balancing myself, even in front of the microphone, and so I feel very uncomfortable.

Later this month, Jackson is set to embark on his final tour, dubbed Alan Jackson’s Last Call: One More for the Road Tour.

“I’ve always looked up to my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who played as much as they wanted, for as long as they could,” Jackson says. “I always thought I would like to do this, and I would like as long as my health allows,” he notes, adding with a smile, “I’ll try to do as much as I can, but if I come in your direction, come see me…”

Alan Jackson;  Photo courtesy of CBS
Alan Jackson; Photo courtesy of CBS

The trek, which is his first tour since his serious medical diagnosis came to light last fall, will begin Friday, June 24 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Last Call: One More for the Road Tour will visit 30 cities across the United States before concluding on October 8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the PPG Paints Arena. The tour includes stops in several cities that the three-time CMA Artist of the Year hasn’t visited in years.

Jackson will donate $1 for every ticket sold at CMT Research Foundation. Plus, $1 will be matched by a generous group of donors and CMTRF Board members.

Toya J. Bell