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Alan Jackson rocks large Rodeo crowd

By Matthew Fowler
Daily Cougar Staff

Following Monday's historical and memorable "girls' night out," with the recently reunited mother/daughter duo The Judds, Tuesday's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance welcomed a long-time favorite, Alan Jackson, to the rotating center stage.

Jackson made his ninth consecutive Houston appearance, took home yet another buckle and, gauging from the response of the nearly sold-out Astrodome, will no doubt return next year.

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Country superstar Alan Jackson put on his usual awe-inspiring performance Tuesday night at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Donning his usual attire, a comfortable sleeveless shirt, worn and torn blue jeans, boots and a white hat, this award- winning country music superstar kept the Dome alive and jumping throughout the entirety of his 75-minute set.

With Jackson, known as a talented writer since his debut in 1990, it has never really been a question of what he will play at the Rodeo, but rather a question of what he won't play in the short time allotted to the Rodeo performers.

Nevertheless, whatever he does decide to play rarely disappoints, and his Y2K effort was certainly no different.

Whether they were singing along or two-stepping across the Dome -- or a combination of the two -- the electrified audience obviously wanted to stick around for this show.

From the first chord of country music's unofficial anthem, "Gone Country," to the last resounding chord of the fan favorite, "Chattahoochee," it was a nonstop party with the guitar-wielding Jackson as its host.

Experience was certainly a major part of Tuesday's success, as the smooth acquiescence between the upbeat songs and the slow, driving ballads went off without a hitch.

Relatively new songs like "Right On The Money," "Pop A Top" and "The Blues Man" added some nice moments to the evening, but ultimately it was his big hits, like "Don't Rock The Jukebox," "She's Got The Rhythm (And I've Got The Blues)" and "Summertime Blues," that brought out the very best in Jackson.

Other highlights included a clever mix of live concert shots and music video sequences played across the Rodeo's big screens.

Jackson's well-received addition to this year's show served as a welcome reminder of what the Rodeo can be all about.

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