Country music harks back to a more courteous era, when kids still called women "ma'am" and men "daddy ma'am." Tip your hat to the good ol' days with this GrouponLive deal to see Alan Jackson at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. For $36, you get one ticket for seating in sections 102–105 or 119–123 on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $72.25 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A free block party kicks off the event starting at 5 p.m.
In the first 12 years of his career, Alan Jackson scored 20 No. 1 singles and 20 Top 10 hits. A decade later, one of the most popular male country singers of the 1990s still induces knee weakness with his resonating baritone voice, steady guitar strumming, and light-brown mustache, a facial accessory that promised to never pursue a solo career in exchange for a 10% cut of his record sales. In support of his latest album, Thirty Miles West, he takes the stage at the Baton Rouge River Center Arena, soothing souls with his laid-back brand of gospel-inspired honky-tonk, marked by lyrics, often influenced by tragedy. For instance, in an attempt to make sense of the aftermath of September 11, he penned “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” a tear-jerking ballad that became his first single to appear on pop Top 30 charts. Cranking out tunes from his 17 studio albums, he plows through crowd pleasers and lesser-known numbers from his latest album, pausing occasionally to let his backup band, The Strayhorns, steal the spotlight with a blurry-fingered fiddle solo or a stirring recitation of the Gettysburg Address.