Next year is the 20th anniversary of Alan Jackson's first recording contract. Much has changed in that period of time: We've had three presidents, the mullet went out of fashion and the Internet became a part of daily life.See Also:
Alan has a sort of love/hate relationship with new technologies, and he laughs about it a bit in "I Still Like Bologna," a song on his current Good Time album. He's a bit slow to adapt to the changes, and that's certainly true in the way he hears music.
"Usually I listen to CDs still," he told the Canadian Press. "I do have one of those little iPod things my girls gave me, and they downloaded a bunch of music on it that I like, but I don't listen to it that much."
In fact, Alan can say things are "still" the same in a lot of areas of his life. He's still wedded to the same woman he married 28 years ago, he's still recording with the same producer and many of the same musicians who worked on his first album, and he still enjoys puttering around on car engines at his house.
On the other hand, after selling 40 million albums, his bank account is certainly much more stable than when he and wife Denise slept on a used mattress in a basement apartment, so not everything is different.
"I can't say that I'm still that same guy 100 percent," he admitted. "But I feel like, considering the lifestyle changes I've been through in the last 20 years, I've been pretty good about keeping my feet on the ground."
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