Alan Jackson Assures That He’s Not Done Creating Just Yet

Alan Jackson announced in September of 2021 that he suffers from a degenerative nerve condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, or CMT for short. He was diagnosed with the condition around 2011. The disease primarily affects the peripheral nervous system causing balance issues by compromising smaller muscles in the body’s extremities, but the good news is that it’s not life threatening, nor does it affect longevity.

However, CMT has affected Alan Jackson’s ability to perform. That is why in March of 2022 Jackson announced his “Last Call” Tour, which he made sure to emphasize might not be his final tour, but it very well could be. Jackson also started sitting on a stool to perform, and had to postpone some of the dates on the tour. Jackson currently doesn’t have any tour dates or engagements on the calendar.

But Alan Jackson is assuring people that he’s not done creating just yet, even if he’s not out there playing concerts on a regular basis. Recently while on his daughter’s podcast “In Joy Life with Mattie Jackson,” Alan Jackson said,

“I may not have toured much, but like I said, the creative part jumps out every now and then. I’m always scribbling down ideas and thinking about melodies, and I feel like there’ll be some more music to come. When you make an album, or especially when you write a lot of the songs, that’s creating something. It’s a challenge, so it keeps you interested a little more. If I didn’t write, I think I would’ve gotten bored just singing a long time ago.”

One of the remarkable things about Alan Jackson’s career—and something he doesn’t always get credit for—is that unlike many of country music’s major stars in the more modern era, Alan Jackson wrote most all of his own material, from album cuts to major #1 hits, and usually as solo writes. On his last album, 2021’s Where Have You Gone, Jackson wrote 16 of the 21 songs himself.

Jackson went onto say on the podcast that songwriting was more fulfilling than anything else in his career, and that’s why he has no intention of quitting. Even a song like “Chattahoochee” that may seem simple and silly still resonated with people, and hearing people’s stories has inspired Jackson to continue to write.

“It was a fun, uptempo thing about coming to age, and I thought, ‘Well yeah, that’s a fun song, and I like it, and people in Georgia are going to like it, but nobody else in the world is gonna know what it is or care about it.’ But then I learned right quick that everybody has a Chattahoochee. It may be called something else, or may not be a river at all, but it just was the story, was something people could relate to in their life for wherever they were from. So, you just never know.”

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease might keep Alan Jackson from performing live as much heading into the future. But don’t expect him to stop writing songs and recording them anytime soon.

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