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Lecture 5

MUS 365 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Keith Stegall, Merle Haggard, Roger Murrah

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MUS 365
Benjamin Ordaz

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Lovin’ & Cheatin’
Part 1
New Traditionalism:
o Alan Jackson
Alan Eugene Jackson was born in October of 1958 in Newman, Georgia
His performance and recordings have held close to Hard Country and, at
times, Rockabilly roots
Jackson came to the music business later than most, becoming interested
in trying to make a career when he was twenty
With the help of Glen Campbell, Jackson started recording demos of his
own songs in Nashville
Early on, he was able to link up with producer Keith Stegall and the two
began a fruitful collaboration on Arista Records as that company’s first
Country Music artist and producer
The title track to Jackson’s second album, Don’t Rock the Jukebox,
charted number one for 19 weeks in 1991
It is a fitting homage to George Jones, who along with Hank Williams and
Merle Haggard, Jackson so admires
“Don’t Rock the Jukebox” was written by Alan Jackson along with Roger
Murrah and Keith Stegall
“Who’s Cheatin Who” is a Jerry Hayes song that again explores the Hard
Country theme of infidelity
It was a hit song from Jackson’s 1996 album release entitled Everything I
Alan Jackson has written and recorded many hits, including “Here in the
Real World,” “I’d Love You All Over Again,” “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I
Got the Blues),” “Chattahoochee,” Mercury Blues,” “Summertime Blues,”
“Livin On Love,” and “Gone Country”
He has also penned hit songs for the likes of Randy Travis, Faith Hill, and
Clay Walker
Jackson has become one of Country Music’s superstars and was voted
the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year in 1995
o Garth Brooks
There are many that would not call Garth Brooks a New Traditionalist,
dismissing him as the best of the 1990’s ‘hat acts’ (rock influenced
performers who rode the tide of Country’s popularity)
However, Troyal ‘Garth’ Brooks became one of the most popular music,
not just Country, superstars and did much to bring many new listeners
into Country Music
He, along with just a handful of Country performers can be identified
simply by their first name
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