BREAKING: Alan Jackson Is No Longer Performing at CMA Fest
Alan Jackson will no longer be performing at 2022 CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee. The Country Music Association announced the…
Alan Jackson; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Tree Town Music Festival
Alan Jackson will no longer be performing at 2022 CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Country Music Association announced the unfortunate news on Friday, June 3, just days before the 49th edition of the country music festival, taking place in Downtown Music City from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12.
The country music icon was originally scheduled to perform at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 11, alongside Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood and more. Brothers Osborne has now been added to Saturday’s lineup.
No official statements have been shared by Jackson as of yet.
While it’s unclear if the cancelation is health-related, in 2021, the “Chattahoochee” singer revealed that he has been living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorder, a chronic inherited neuropathy condition that results in nerve deterioration and hampers muscle function, movement and balance, for years.
Jackson opened up about his condition in an interview with TODAY show host, Jenna Bush Hager, in September 2021.
At the time Jackson detailed his condition to Bush Hager, which according to the Georgia native he was diagnosed with ten years ago. “I have this neuropathy and neurological disease,” Jackson revealed.
He continued to share that the disease, inherited from his father, is progressing and is now affecting his ability to walk.
“It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy… There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years,” the “Where Have You Gone” singer continued. “And it’s getting more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable.”
Later this month, Jackson is expected to embark on his final tour, dubbed Alan Jackson’s Last Call: One More for the Road Tour.
“I’ve always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who just played as much as they wanted to, as long as they could,” Jackson says. “I’ve always thought I’d like to do that, and I’d like to as long as my health will allow,” he notes, adding with a smile, “I’ll try to do as much as I can, but if I’m comin’ your way, come see me….”
The trek, which is his first tour since revealing his serious medical diagnosis last fall, will kick off on Friday, June 24 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The Last Call: One More for the Road Tour will visit 30 cities across the United States before wrapping up on October 8 in Pittsburgh, PA at PPG Paints Arena. The tour includes stops in several cities that the three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year hasn’t visited in years.
Jackson will donate $1 for every ticket sold to the CMT Research Foundation. In addition, $1 will be matched by a generous group of CMTRF donors and board members.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.