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Jackson previews new album at Opry

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – Alan Jackson will take to the Grand Ole Opry stage on May 8 and give a sneak peek performance of selections from his upcoming album "Thirty Miles West" out June 5.

This is Jackson's first disc under a deal between ACR (Alan's Country Records) and EMI Records Nashville. During a 30-minute set, Jackson will perform some of his greatest hits along with the new material. Jackson's portion of the show will be taped for later airing on GAC's "Noteworthy at the Opry."

Among other artists on the Opry May 8 are Little Big Town, Thompson Square and Chris Young.

Other Opry shows this month include:

Thursday, May 10 (Opry Country Classics): Spotlight Artists Loretta Lynn and Mel Tillis, host Larry Gatlin.

Saturday, May 12: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, and more. Second show (9:30 p.m.) added.

Tuesday, May 15: Ricky Skaggs' 30th Opry Anniversary featuring Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner and Dailey & Vincent.

Tuesday, May 22: Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Milsap and Craig Morgan.

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