April 16, 2009 — During the 1990s, Alan Jackson briefly held an annual series of shows at a Middle Tennessee lake where ticket-holders watched the concert from their boats.
He's at it again, but he's performing at a completely different venue: Lake Martin, Ala., where Sea Ray Boats is sponsoring Aquapalooza 2009. Last year's Aquapalooza event drew 2,500 boats and 10,000 fans, and organizers are hoping with Alan in dock they'll beat those numbers.
Alan's a logical choice for the entertainment. He incorporated water skiing into a video as far back as 1993's "Chattahoochee" and slipped a verse about learning to steer an old plywood boat into his 2002 hit "Drive (For Daddy Gene)."
"I'm a boating nut," Alan concedes. "If I told you how many boats I've had, you'd think I was crazy. I must have 20 woodi es dating from the 1920s to 1960s. When you're out on the water in a classic old boat, you know, it's as if you've gone back in time. The water sure hasn't changed. I like modern boats, too, and I've owned a lot of Sea Rays through the years."
In addition to his lake show, Alan's got plenty of traditional concerts lined up for the months ahead, including three shows this week: Thursday in Tupelo, Miss.; Friday in Corbin, Ky.; and Saturday in Pikeville, Ky. He's also set to appear July 17 during the four-day Country Thunder festival in Twin Lakes, Wis. Sharing the bill that same night are Phil Vassar, Jake Owen, Heidi Newfield and Restless Heart.