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Betsy Stephens named St. Nicholas for COTR 2017

Betsy Stephens was named St. Nicholas for Christmas on the River 2017 Thursday night. She is joined by her husband, Kirk, and children Bill, Molly and Ed.

When event organizer Jennifer Swims announced the name of St. Nicholas for Christmas on the River 2017 Thursday night, Betsy Stephens may well have been the only person in attendance that was surprised by the revelation. Just after the annual lighting of Public Square, Stephens stood on stage as one of the 10 nominees for the honor, confident she would soon be applauding one of her nine deserving neighbors as their name was called.

As Swims finished reading the impressive list of nominees and cited reasons for their inclusion in the festivities, she came to the announcement. “Betsy Stephens.” The name rolled off the evening emcee’s tongue with unmitigated ease and hung momentarily in the unseasonably warm, undeniably humid night air. Before Stephens could appropriately process the moment, an approving round of applause swelled up from the dozens in attendance.

“I was really, really surprised. When Jennifer told me that I was nominated, she didn’t tell me who else was nominated,” Stephens said of the moment she heard her name connected to the prestigious title. “And some years they don’t have many nominees. And I thought it was going to be one of those years and it is going to be quiet and I’m going to have to say something. Then, when I saw the list, I thought, ‘I’m good. I won’t have to say anything for sure.’”

Her surprise came as the logical culmination of a suddenly undermined temerity that she would not be named for the honor she has for decades seen go to some of the most deserving citizens. The honor seeks to recognize those who have functioned as a beacon through volunteerism and community service. The mantle, and the accompanying distinguishing garb, had now fallen to Stephens.

“I guess I was a little embarrassed because that’s not why I do anything,” Stephens, who instinctively ducks the spotlight, said. “I just think of other people as being worthy of this, the Cindy Hays. That’s who I think of when I think of St. Nick, the Jennifer Roemens. I’m honored.”

Stephens received the honor in front of a diverse crowd of onlookers that included her husband, her three children, and her mother and father. The heart to serve, evident to all who know her, is something Stephens intends to pass along to her children as she points to her mother as an influential presence in her own work.

“Just about service, I try to pass that on to them, try to make sure that they understand it,” Stephens said before sharing a value she has sought to impress upon her children. “I want to improve what you do. I don’t necessarily want to improve what you have.”

As the Christmas on the River festivities roll on, Stephens will now find herself near the middle of most of them. And as the day parade rolls through downtown Saturday, she’ll find herself in an unfamiliar position in the spotlight.

“I don’t know that I have every been on a Christmas on the River float. I don’t think I have. My children have been, but I don’t know that I’ve ever been on a float,” she said. “I’ve worked on floats and done other things with them, but I don’t think I’ve ever been on one. It’ll be fun.”

The list of nominees also included Mandy Fields, Richard Bryant, Jennifer Jordan, Kathleen Randall, David McGee, Amanda Hall, Sylvia Tate, Jennifer Thomason and Jim Stanford.

Mackey continues family COTR legacy

Sally Mackey displays a newspaper article with a photo of her aunt, Lynda Stapp, who was the first Miss Christmas on the River.

This year’s Miss Christmas on the River, Sally Mackey, has a voice and is delighted to share with everyone the excitement of Christmas on the River. She has been featured on various news stations to promote Christmas on the River 2017 and recently shared with the public her royal lineage.

Sally’s aunt, Lynda Stapp, was the very first Miss Christmas on the River crowned. “That was something Lynda was quick to remind us of,” Mackey said. She was very proud to be part of something so important to the city of Demopolis. Lynda was even in the COTR Day Parade last year.

Unfortunately, Lynda passed away last spring and left her family and friends way too soon. However, as her daughter, Annie Stapp Wells, recently reminded Sally and her mother, it is comforting knowing that her last act was one of giving and selflessness. Her organs extended the lives of two individuals in Tennessee. Last Friday, there was a fundraiser held in Lynda’s name, “Cheers to Lynda”.

Sally loved her aunt very much and wants to honor her name by spreading the word to be an organ donor. She is challenging everyone to become one. It doesn’t take much to make the choice, but it’s a choice that can do so much.

It seems this year’s Miss COTR not only has beauty and brains, but she also has a special heart.

AHSAA 1A re-classification shifts Marengo County teams

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
RB Jacory Brown finds a opening and breaks a long run.

The latest round of AHSAA re-classification will draw a line clear across Marengo County for the next two years. The state’s governing body for high school athletics released its new groupings Thursday morning, a plan that divides the four Class 1A member schools located in Marengo County.

Sweet Water and Marengo High will remain in Region 1, where they resided for each of the last two seasons. Joining them in that group will be Fruitdale, McIntosh, Millry, J.F. Shields and St. Luke’s.

11-9-17 — Dixon Mills, Ala. — Marengo High QB Quandaris Ausbon. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Linden and A.L. Johnson each move to Region 3 where they will compete with the likes of Ellwood Christian, Francis Marion, Holy Spirit, Isabella, Keith, and Maplesville.

Perhaps most notable for Class 1A is the fact that Class 2A power Elba has moved down a classification. Elba is now a member of Region 2 along with mainstays Brantley and Georgiana.

The new football groupings, surprisingly, do not result in drastically different basketball areas for all four Class 1A schools in Marengo County. Linden, Marengo, Sweet Water, A.L. Johnson and Keith will all comprise Area 4.

Linden and Sweet Water volleyball will both compete in Area 4 with Keith and Ellwood Christian. Sweet Water baseball will be in Area 4 along with Ellwood Christian and Keith. Linden track moves to Section 2. Marengo and Sweet Water track will each be Section 1.

The new region alignment for Class 1A football appears below in its entirety.

REGION 1 REGION 2
Fruitdale Brantley
Marengo Elba
McIntosh Florala
Millry Georgiana
J.F. Shields Kinston
St. Luke’s McKenzie
Sweet Water Pleasant Home
Red Level
REGION 3 REGION 4
Ellwood Christian Autaugaville
Francis Marion Billingsley
Holy Spirit Lanett
Isabella Loachapoka
A.L. Johnson Notasulga
Keith Verbena
Linden Wadley
Maplesville
REGION 5 REGION 6
Appalachian Berry
Donoho Brilliant
Ragland Hubbertville
Spring Garden Lynn
Talladega County Central Marion County
Victory Christian Meek
Winterboro Pickens County
South Lamar
REGION 7 REGION 8
Coosa Christian Cherokee
Decatur Heritage Hackleburg
Falkville Mars Hill
Gaylesville Phillips
R.A. Hubbard Shoals Christian
Valley Head Vina
Woodville Waterloo

 

AHSAA re-classification pits Demopolis against new set of foes

11-24-17 — Prichard, Ala. — Demopolis’ C.J. Williams picks off a pass on Vigor’s first play from scrimmage. Williams would return the interception for a touchdown for the first points of the game of the Tigers’ win over the Wolves.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association released its latest round of re-classifications Thursday morning, setting the stage for its 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 competition years.

Among numerous other changes, the re-classification means a much different look for Demopolis’s region and area foes between August 2018 and May 2020.

The new look Class 5A, Region 3 football grouping sees Demopolis bid farewell to mainstays Sumter Central and Dallas County, both of which drop to Class 4A. Additionally, Calera jumps to Class 6A. Central-Tuscaloosa, Jemison and Marbury remain in Region 3 along with Demopolis. Joining that quartet are Shelby County, Chilton County (down from Class 6A) and Bibb County (up from Class 4A).

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Aniya Johnson brings the ball up the floor for Demopolis.

“The travel definitely,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said of the biggest change to his team’s region slate the next two seasons. “When we meet and draw for the schedule, you hope you get a good draw. You hope you don’t play a lot of these games on the road because that’s a lot more time on the bus. You’ve got to play the cards you’re dealt.”

In terms of driving distance, Demopolis loses its closest two region compatriots in Sumter-Central (30.3 miles) and Dallas County (67.1 miles). The Tigers also lose their second-farthest counterpart in Calera (89.8 miles). Replacing those schools will be Bibb County (66 miles), Chilton County (89.9 miles) and Shelby County (101.3 miles).

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the new region for Demopolis is the addition of Bibb County, a school whose head coach is former Demopolis defensive coordinator Matt Geohagan.

“I’m excited because of having Coach Geohagan there and that relationship. They have a very good program and are very consistent in what they do. They’re going to take the place of Calera as one of the top teams in our region,” Seymore said. “That’s definitely one you’ll have to circle as a huge region game and having a little more to it with Coach Geohagan being so familiar with some of our kids at Demopolis.”

The new-look region will also result in revamped areas for all of Demopolis athletics. The basketball, baseball and softball teams will now be part of a three-team Area 5 that includes Bibb County and Central-Tuscaloosa. Demopolis soccer moves to Area 5 and will compete against American Christian, Central-Tuscaloosa and Sipsey Valley. Girls soccer will be in Area 5 against ACA and Sipsey Valley.

Demopolis cross country is now a member of Section 1. That grouping includes Bibb County, Brewbaker Tech, Charles Henderson, Citronelle, Faith Academy, Jackson, LeFlore, Satsuma, Tallassee and Vigor. Demopolis track will also be part of Section 1. That grouping consists of Carroll-Ozark, Charles Henderson, Citronelle, Faith Academy, Greenville, LeFlore, Satsuma, UMS-Wright, Vigor and Wilcox-Central.

Other notable changes in 5A football include the move of St. Paul’s and Calera to Class 6A. Perhaps the biggest changes come in Region 4 where Briarwood, Fairfield, John Carroll Catholic, Parker, Pleasant Grove, Ramsay, Wenonah and Woodlawn all make up the group. Those teams, many of which competed in the northern part of the state for the last round of classification, will now be in the south.

The new Class 5A football region alignment appears below in its entirety.

 

REGION 1 REGION 2
Citronelle Beauregard
Faith Academy Caroll-Ozark
Jackson Charles Henderson
LeFlore Magnet Greenville
Satsuma Rehobeth
Vigor Tallassee
Wilcox Central Valley
REGION 3 REGION 4
Bibb County Briarwood Christian
Central-Tuscaloosa Fairfield
Chilton County John Carroll Catholic
Demopolis Parker
Jemison Pleasant Grove
Marbury Ramsay
Shelby County Wenonah
Woodlawn
REGION 5 REGION 6
Center Point Alexandria
Central-Clay Boaz
Moody Crossville
Mortimer Jordan Douglas
Munford Etowah
St. Clair County Sardis
Springville Southside-Gadsden
Sylacauga
REGION 7 REGION 8
Corner Arab
Dora Ardmore
Hamilton Brewer
Hayden East Limeston
Jasper Guntersville
Lawrence County Madison Academy
Russellville Madison County
West Point Scottsboro

 

Demopolis boys basketball ranked for first time in 20 years

The initial Alabama Sports Writers Association basketball rankings of the 2017-2018 season are out and a pair of Marengo County teams are getting some early shine. Demopolis’s boys team is ranked for the first time since 1997 after it went 2-0 in the Hamptonality Bracket of the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Bash at Wallace State Community College last week. The Tigers, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, sit at 3-0 on the young season, their first under coach Norvie Womack.

The Linden High girls have yet to tip off their season but a recent run of success (state finals in 2015 and regional finals in 2016) as well as the return of a core of players led by Amber Richardson and Dajia Miller has Teressa Bolden’s squad with high hopes for 2017-2018.

This week’s rankings appear below in their entirety.

BOYS
CLASS 7A
1. Mountain Brook (7-0)
2. Hoover (8-0)
3. Sparkman (6-1)
4. Buckhorn (6-1)
5. McGill-Toolen (6-3)
6. James Clemens (4-1)
7. Grissom (4-3)
8. Lee-Montgomery (3-1)
9. Oak Mountain (5-1)
10. Gadsden City (4-4)
Others nominated: Alma Bryant (4-2), Baker (5-6), Murphy (3-4).

CLASS 6A
1. LeFlore (4-0)
2. Carver-Montgomery (3-2)
3. Ramsay (7-1)
4. Blount (7-2)
5. Paul Bryant (3-2)
6. Helena (5-0)
7. Hazel Green (4-4)
8. Daphne (5-1)
9. Homewood (3-2)
10. Muscle Shoals (1-0)
Others nominated: Albertville (4-1), B.C. Rain (5-1), Chelsea (3-3), Hartselle (5-2), McAdory (5-2), Pelham (3-3).

CLASS 5A
1. Sumter Central (8-0)
2. Faith-Mobile (8-2)
3. Eufaula (6-2)
4. Lee-Huntsville (1-4)
5. Guntersville (4-1)
6. Demopolis (3-0)
7. Jemison-Huntsville (4-3)
8. Scottsboro (5-1)
9. Briarwood (3-1)
10. Etowah (3-1)
Others nominated: Alexandria (2-0), Brewbaker Tech (2-4), Central-Tuscaloosa (5-1), Hayden (4-1), Lawrence Co. (4-1), Mortimer Jordan (3-3).

CLASS 4A
1. Oneonta (5-0)
2. Westminster-Huntsville (3-2)
3. Escambia Co. (5-0)
4. Cordova (2-1)
5. Madison Academy (3-2)
6. Monroe Co. (0-0)
7. Catholic-Montgomery (3-0)
8. UMS-Wright (5-2)
9. Haleyville (4-1)
10. Andalusia (0-0)
Others nominated: Cherokee Co. (2-2), Deshler (1-0).

CLASS 3A
1. Plainview (4-0)
2. Houston Academy (6-0)
3. Piedmont (0-0)
4. East Lawrence (2-0)
5. Mobile Christian (3-1)
9. Prattville Christian (3-3)
6. Geneva (4-2)
7. American Christian (3-2)
8. Lauderdale Co. (3-2)
10. Glencoe (2-2)
Others nominated: Montgomery Academy (0-0), Straughn (1-2).

CLASS 2A
1. Vincent (4-1)
2. Westbrook Christian (4-1)
3. Abbeville (2-0)
4. Barbour Co. (4-2)
5. Section (1-3)
6. Mars Hill Bible (2-0)
7. Collinsville (1-1)
8. Chickasaw (2-2)
9. Horseshoe Bend (2-2)
10. Tarrant (1-2)
Others nominated: None.

CLASS 1A
1. Sacred Heart (3-4)
2. Decatur Heritage (5-1)
3. Lindsay Lane (8-0)
4. Georgiana (1-0)
5. Skyline (4-2)
6. R.A. Hubbard (2-3)
7. Whitesburg Christian (2-2)
8. Spring Garden (0-0)
9. Linden (0-0)
10. Coosa Christian (2-2)
Others nominated: Belgreen (2-0), Pleasant Home (1-4).

AISA
1. Lee-Scott (4-2)
2. Lakeside (4-3)
3. East Memorial (5-0)
4. Macon-East (2-1)
5. Evangel Christian (7-1)
6. Restoration (1-3)
7. Tuscaloosa Academy (1-1)
8. Fort Dale Academy (3-0)
9. Pike Liberal Arts (2-1)
10. Northside Methodist (3-2)
Others nominated: Abbeville Christian (1-1), Bessemer Academy (0-1), Eastwood (2-1).

GIRLS
CLASS 7A
1. Hoover (5-0)
2. Sparkman (9-1)
3. Spain Park (5-1)
4. Huffman (5-1)
5. Hewitt-Trussville (7-1)
6. James Clemens (5-1)
7. Davidson (7-3)
8. McGill-Toolen (5-4)
9. Gadsden City (5-3)
10. Lee-Montgomery (3-3)
Others nominated: Buckhorn (6-4); Mountain Brook (6-1); Murphy (5-3); Oak Mountain (6-2); Tuscaloosa County (5-2).

CLASS 6A
1. Hazel Green (9-1)
2. LeFlore (8-0)
3. Ramsay (4-2)
4. Brewer (7-1)
5. Homewood (3-3)
6. Athens (5-1)
7. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6-2)
8. Austin (6-0)
9. Blount (7-1)
10. Northview (6-2)
Others nominated: Carver-Birmingham (9-1); Clay-Chalkville (7-2); Florence (5-1); Hartselle (6-2); Muscle Shoals (3-3); Opelika (6-3); Oxford (5-1); Southside-Gadsden (4-0).

CLASS 5A
1. Charles Henderson (5-0)
2. Eufaula (7-0)
3. Wenonah (3-2)
4. Faith Academy (5-2)
5. Central-Tuscaloosa (8-1)
6. Lee-Huntsville (6-5)
7. West Point (7-0)
8. Brewbaker Tech (3-2)
9. Talladega (1-0)
10. St. Paul’s (5-0)
Others nominated: Calera (3-0); Fairview (5-3); Pleasant Grove (2-2); Scottsboro (4-1).

CLASS 4A
1. Deshler (1-1)
2. Madison Academy (4-1)
3. Anniston (2-0)
4. Hokes Bluff (3-1)
5. Sipsey Valley (4-0)
6. Danville (5-0)
7. Madison County (5-2)
8. Greensboro (2-1)
9. Cherokee County (3-0)
10. Jacksonville (3-0)
Others nominated: DAR (3-3); Dora (3-0); Montgomery Catholic (1-1); Priceville (2-1); Rogers (4-0); St. James (2-2).

CLASS 3A
1. Lauderdale County (4-0)
2. Pisgah (3-0)
3. Hillcrest-Evergreen (1-1)
4. Plainview (5-0)
5. Midfield (5-4)
6. Locust Fork (2-0)
7. Clarke County (6-0)
8. Geneva (6-2))
9. Montevallo (4-0)
10. Susan Moore (5-0)
Others nominated: Colbert County (4-1); Daleville (5-1); Glencoe (3-1); Lexington (3-1); North Sand Mountain (1-3); Pleasant Valley (4-2); Prattville Christian (5-1); Weaver (2-1).

CLASS 2A
1. Geneva County (6-0)
2. Samson (5-1)
3. Tanner (3-1)
4. Collinsville (4-2)
5. Section (2-1)
6. Fyffe (3-1)
7. Central-Hayneville (2-1)
8. Abbeville (2-0)
9. Cold Springs (3-3)
10. Sand Rock (2-1)
Others nominated: Asbury (6-2); Chickasaw (4-0); Hatton (4-4); LaFayette (2-0); Red Bay (1-4); Winston County (5-2).

CLASS 1A
1. Spring Garden (4-0)
2. R.A. Hubbard (1-1)
3. Loachapoka (4-1)
4. Pleasant Home (4-1)
5. Linden (0-0)
6. Holy Spirit (3-0)
7. Skyline (5-1)
8. Phillips (1-0)
9. Vina (7-1)
10. Westminster-OM (2-2)
Others nominated: Addison (2-2); Brantley (1-2); Cedar Bluff (0-0); Coosa Christian (5-2); Covenant Christian (5-2); Decatur Heritage (4-5); Isabella (2-2).

AISA
1. Glenwood (4-1)
2. Tuscaloosa Academy (6-0)
3. Lee-Scott (5-1)
4. Springwood (5-1)
5. Macon-East (5-2)
6. South Choctaw Academy (2-0)
7. Fort Dale Academy (2-1)
8. Wilcox Academy (4-0)
9. Lakeside (5-3)
10. Northside Methodist (8-2)
Others nominated: None

Compton, Ratliff receive Demopolis Rotary honors

Wednesday the Demopolis Rotary Club recognized two native sons by honoring them as Paul Harris Fellows, possibly the tallest recipients in the history of the club. Hunter Compton is a local attorney, volunteer and event organizer. Theo Ratliff is a Demopolis High School, University of Wyoming and Detroit Piston basketball all-star who established the Theo Ratliff Center in Demopolis.

Clarke named 2017 COTR Special Child

11-29-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Christmas on the River 2017 Special Child Ronnie (R.C.) Clarke, Jr. pulls the handle to light the Love Lights Tree atop Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. The lighting of the Love Lights Tree kicks off COTR festivities each year in Demopolis.

Demopolis rolls in home opener; Haskin notches triple-double

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Taylor Herelle goes up for the first bucket of the night for the Tigers during their first home game of the season against the Keith Bears.

Demopolis took a few minutes to get started Tuesday night in its home opener against Keith. Once the Tigers got the ball rolling down hill, they never looked back en route to a 51-31 win.

Demopolis trailed 5-0 early as Keith started off hot. The flurry faded quickly and the Tigers embarked upon a 16-3 run to close the first quarter. The game never got close again.

“We kind of got nervous. This was our first home game and we tried to do stuff we couldn’t do,” Demopolis coach Norvie Womack said. “As the game went on, we played well. We won every quarter. We just got better and better and we kind of wore them down.”

Demopolis stretched the lead to 10 by halftime and continued to add to that total with a quickened pace and constant ball movement.

“We try to get balanced scoring. Last year, you kind of just had one person scoring. We’re trying to balance them out so it will be easier for our leading scorer,” Womack said. “We emphasize passing and cutting, that kind of stuff.”

With last season’s leading scorer Shakari Williams playing under the weather and the Tigers’ current leading scorer Melvin Childers in early foul trouble, Taylor Herelle stepped in to light up the scoreboard. Herelle finished his night with 15 points.

Nelson Haskin controlled the paint at both ends of the floor for Demopolis, finishing with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks for his first career triple-double. Nine different Tigers scored in the game and all 10 players that dressed logged significant minutes.

“If you plan on going deep in the playoffs, you have to be deep on the bench,” Womack said. “The season is just starting, so we’re going to play everybody. We get a good rotation in, so if someone goes down it’s just the next man up because he has been playing the whole season.”

Demopolis (3-0) is set to travel to Class 6A Bessemer City Thursday night.

“They’re fast. They’re quick. They can handle the ball. We’re going to win with numbers. That’s how we’re going to play,” Womack said.

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Nelson Haskin (34) blocks a shot during the Tigers home opener against the Keith Bears.

Youthful Lady Tigers battle for season-opening win over Keith

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Aniya Johnson brings the ball up the floor for Demopolis. The sophomore guard had six points, six rebounds, and six assists Tuesday night.

Tony Pittman knew before his team took to the floor Tuesday night for its home opener that inexperience would be a key theme in season’s early going. That inexperience showed itself for stretches as the Lady Tigers worked their way to an uneven 38-23 win over Keith.

“The first game jitters, rushing a lot of things instead of being patient and taking what the defense gives you,” Demopolis coach Tony Pittman said. “We didn’t do that the first half, primarily because of first game jitters.”

Demopolis closed the first quarter with an offensive flurry, carrying a 12-3 lead after the game’s first eight minutes. The offense sputtered soon thereafter as Demopolis managed only 15 points over the next two quarters of play.

“Every year you have a different team and you have to play to your strengths. Right now our strength is ball handling and bringing our post game along,” Pittman said. “Hopefully, after Christmas, you’ll see that start to gel and we’ll be a different team.”

Demopolis found consistency with the ball in the hands of Aniya Johnson. The sophomore guard calmed a frenetic and, occasionally, frantic group while scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists.

Johnson found her greatest success as a passer on inlet passes to Samia Jackson, who finished with eight points and five rebounds in the post. Shakesaney Bell contributed eight points in the victory while A’Miracle Jones had six.

“A’Miracle did an outstanding job of doing work in the post. Samia did a good job,” Pittman said. “Shug Billingsley came off the bench and gave us some good, solid minutes. She didn’t do a lot in the scorebook, but it didn’t matter. She’s gaining that experience and I think she’s really going to help us in the season.”

Demopolis is set to travel to Class 6A Bessemer City Thursday night.
“We’re going back to the laboratory tomorrow and we’re playing again Thursday,” Pittman said. “Hopefully we’ll get better each and every ball game we go out.”

Alan Jackson announces Tuscaloosa Amphitheater date

With a year of sold-out shows and packed houses in the rearview mirror, newly-minted Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL on Friday, May 4. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com and the venue box office or by visiting alanjackson.com/tour, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. Jackson is again teaming up with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences at many of his 2018 shows. Fans can choose from four experiences with a variety of perks including a backstage tour, the opportunity to watch the show from a custom barstool by the soundboard, access to a pre-show party, a signed poster, and more!

Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour will find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire stands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs – many written by Alan – that earned him his newfound place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country”…party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time”…and many, many more.

Jackson’s concert announcement comes on the heels of his show-ending CMA Awards performance celebrating his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Alan and his band, The Strayhorns, reminded fans what they’ll enjoy on the Honky Tonk Highway Tour in 2018 as he closed out “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with back-to-back performances of “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” bringing the star-filled audience to its feet as the likes of Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Eric Church and others were seen singing along to Alan’s memories of “livin’ that honky tonk dream.”

Alan Jackson’s Tuscaloosa show will continue his tradition of “keepin’ it country” for people far and wide as he travels the Honky Tonk Highway, bringing nearly 30 years of hits to Alabama.

Recently inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among country music’s all-time greats is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most- performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. He’s also the man behind one of Nashville’s most-popular new tourist stops, AJ’s Good Time Bar, a four-story honky-tonk in the heart of downtown (along a stretch of Broadway known as the “Honky Tonk Highway”) featuring daily live music and a rooftop view of Music City.