In-the-know Nashvillians and fans of bluegrass worldwide know that the place to go in Music City to see and hear live grass is the venerable Station Inn, located on 12th Avenue South, just below Broadway. Since 1978, the small club has featured top touring acts and informal aggregations of Nashville’s best pickers, with the added bonus of seeing local bluegrass and country icons dropping in and sometimes hopping onstage.
In keeping with tradition, and proving that he’s doing it the bluegrass way, country superstar Alan Jackson will debut the music from his upcoming release, The Bluegrass Album, live at the Station Inn on August 27. He will be accompanied by the studio players featured on the record, which include Sammy Shelor on banjo, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Tim Crouch on fiddle, Tim Dishman on bass, Rob Ickes on resonator guitar, and Jackson regular band member Scott Coney on guitar. Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby will sing harmony.
Needless to say, this will be a tough ticket, as capacity in the room is roughly 200. Advance sales won’t be available until the 26th when they can be purchased on site, a maximum of 4 per customer. To be granted entry, reservation and ticket holders must be present when the doors open on the 27th at 7:00 p.m. (CDT), and a photo ID and cash payment will be required. The show will begin at 8:30.
The Bluegrass Album is set for a September 24 release on Jackson’s ACR label, and will be distributed by Capitol/EMI. It features eight new Jackson originals, performed bluegrass style, along with a number of classics of the genre.
See our earlier interview with Sammy Shelor for more details.