Alan Jackson, American Musician ( October 17, 1958 - )

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If anything good came out of 9/11, to me, was that people were so cynical about the world - all you hear about on the news is all the bad stuff everyday, but what was refreshing to me was after that, you saw how many good people there are out there. For every one bad one, there's a thousand good ones.~Alan Jackson

Good World People

I'm usually just enjoying life.~Alan Jackson

Life Just Enjoying Life

I mean, my voice has gotten a little deeper sounding as I've gotten older, I think. I noticed that.~Alan Jackson

Voice Think Mean

Growing up in Georgia, I used to think people up north or out west were so different. They're really not. They're just regular people who live in small towns. They grow up and try to raise families and have a job and go to church and play softball. It's that way everywhere.~Alan Jackson

Job Small Growing Up

For some reason I've been labeled that and it's fine, but there are a lot of other artists that sing real traditional stuff, so I don't know why they picked me. That's what I've always done.~Alan Jackson

Me Real Know

Hee Haw was probably my biggest exposure to live music at a young age, because there wasn't any live music around my town and no one in my family played instruments.~Alan Jackson

Family Music Age

I mean, I am driven and laid-back at the same time.~Alan Jackson

Time I Am Same

I think if you retire from touring then people think you are retired.~Alan Jackson

People You Think

Oklahoma's always been good to me.~Alan Jackson

Good Me Always

I grew up with nothing, so whenever I got to where I could have something I felt like I needed to have everything I couldn't have when I was young.~Alan Jackson

Young Nothing Everything

The older you are, I think you realize what you enjoy and what you don't need, what wears you out and what's important.~Alan Jackson

Enjoy Important You

A country song is a song about life.~Alan Jackson

Life Song Country

I like to write sad songs. They're much easier to write and you get a lot more emotion into them. But people don't want to hear them as much. And radio definitely doesn't; they want that positive, uptempo thing.~Alan Jackson

Positive Sad People

What I enjoy doing more than anything is, I have my little antique car collection, and when the weather is pretty I like to get out one of my old cars. I have a little route I run down in the country, down Nachez Trace Parkway. The loop down through there is just really relaxing, not much traffic.~Alan Jackson

Car Weather Enjoy

You have to be tough-skinned and willing to accept criticism, and at the same time, just try to do music that you like and you are proud of and not just whatever you think it's going to take to get you on the radio.~Alan Jackson

Music Time Proud

I didn't realize until I was older what a huge music fan my daddy really was, and actually that my grandma played banjo at one time, and I didn't even know that until a year or two ago.~Alan Jackson

Music Time Know

Making music is still what keeps a fire going on in me.~Alan Jackson

Music Fire Me

I always try to make the music that I like and think my fans will like.~Alan Jackson

Music Think Try

The music business doesn't take up that much of my time. I probably should put a little more energy into it.~Alan Jackson

Music Time Business

You just write about things that happen.~Alan Jackson

You Happen Just

If you can last until you're 40 years old, hopefully you'll be mature enough to figure out the rest of the years.~Alan Jackson

Rest You Old

I think every album you have, especially if it's done well, you feel like you're competing with yourself.~Alan Jackson

Yourself You Think

I've always wanted to make a bluegrass album.~Alan Jackson

Always Album Bluegrass

I think I've always approached making albums pretty much the same way. I'm just looking for a mixture of songs and topics that aren't the same thing over and over.~Alan Jackson

Looking Think Way

He's written some great songs. I thought that 'Blues Man' was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute.~Alan Jackson

Great Man Me

I could have done a hundred songs, really. It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past.~Alan Jackson

Past Me Down