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Jackson celebrates 25 years

Thursday, June 5, 2014 – Alan Jackson announced this morning a year-long celebration of his 25th year in the music business at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

The celebration will include a 25-city, 25th anniversary tour by Jackson, slated to officially begin in 2015 and a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit and Jackson's participation as the Hall's next Artist-in-Residence.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a new exhibit on Aug. 29 highlighting Jackson's 25-year career. The exhibit will give fans a look into Jackson's career and personal life, showcasing awards, instruments, clothes and personal mementos. The exhibit will include many never-before-seen items of special meaning to Jackson.

As the museum's next Artist-in-Residence, Jackson will play a series of intimate performances later this year. Dates and details will be released soon. Jackson is the first artist to be subject of a museum exhibit while serving as Artist-in-Residence.

On Wednesday night, Jackson surprised fans by performing a concert at The Stage, a honky-tonk music venue on lower Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville. Jackson performed numerous hits and during the show brought up special guests Lee Ann Womack on "Golden Ring," Kacey Musgraves on "Livin' On Love" and Easton Corbin for "Where I Come From."

The gig followed the CMT Music Awards where Jackson was honored with the first ever CMT Impact Award, for 25 years of innovative, unique and crowd-pleasing music videos ranging from "Chattahoochee" to "Don't Rock the Jukebox," "Gone Country," "Drive," "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," "Remember When" and, most recently, "Blue Ridge Mountain Song." Carrie Underwood presented him with the award,

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