For more than a quarter century, Alan Jackson's name has been synonymous with country music. His has released 23 albums, which have sold more than 60 million total copies and has received 150 music industry awards. In addition, he has had 20 songs reach No. 1 on the charts, which puts him in very select company. In 2015 he celebrated his 25th year in the business. A stop at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado was filmed and makes up the excellent new live DVD Alan Jackson -- Keepin' It Country: Live At Red Rocks.
From the opening notes of the concert, Jackson had the capacity crowd engaged and singing along to every word. There is a mutual love affair between artist and audience here and it shows. The show opens with "Gone Country," a melodic, pop-infused country track with prominent pedal steel courtesy of Robbie Flint. The up-tempo "I Don't Even Know Your Name" follows. With its killer lead guitar from Danny Groah and musical interplay between all the band members, along with its humorous lyrics, this may have been better served as being the opening number. It's a blistering track that feels misused in the second slot.
Flint moves to slide guitar on "Good Time," a song that lives up to its name both lyrically and musically. Groah offers a twangy riff on his telecaster and tasty guitar licks throughout. These are Jackson's songs, but he has no trouble sharing the spotlight with his band, and why not? These guys can seriously play.
Jackson slows down the pace on "Livin' On Love" and "Small Town Southern Man." The former is a laid back track with images from its video on the screen while the latter showcases the band's tight vocal harmonies and features a heartfelt vocal from Jackson. "It's Five O'clock Somewhere" gets a big rise out of the crowd, with virtually everyone singing along. It is a celebration between the artist and his audience.
The band gives a tight, rollicking performance of "Chattahoochee," showcasing their considerable chops. The show closes with Jackson's ode to classic cars and driving "Mercury Blues." It's a killer rendition of the track and a spirited way to close out the performance.
The show is well filmed in 16:9 widescreen and looks great. Audio options include DTS Digital Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1. The show is well mixed and sounds great.
More than 25 years into his storied career, Alan Jackson is showing no signs of slowing down. With a killer song selection, a crack band and an adoring crowd, it's easy to see why. Alan Jackson -- Keepin' It Country: Live At Red Rocks is a worthy addition to any country music fan's collection.