Alan Jackson, the newest member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame can do no wrong. When he sings in his trademark casual lilting way, we stop and listen. He isn’t the kind of guy to run around the stage and shout at folks, but he will perform the hell out of any tune he puts his hand to. His cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” during the CMA Country Christmas was exactly what we would expect from Jackson: poignant, joyful, and completely arresting.
He has a way of stopping his listeners in their tracks and fixing them on the lyrics. You feel as if Jackson is sincerely wishing you a merry Christmas and genuinely hopes that the Holidays are bright. You can’t manufacture that kind of authenticity– it has to be real.