It has been only 12 years since Alan Jackson's first hit record, and yet he has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame ahead of people who have been performing a lot longer.
The native of Newnan, Ga., who turned 43 on Oct. 17, was the inductee in the performer category at the 23rd annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame awards show on Monday. Originally scheduled for Sept. 15, it was postponed after the terrorist assaults of Sept. 11.
Others nominated in his category were blues-rock singer Clarence Carter and rock-country singer Kenny Rogers. You can see Mr. Carter (Patches, Slip Away) at the 78th annual Georgia-Carolina Fair in Augusta on Monday, Nov. 5.
Mr. Jackson was part of a major concert of country stars that was broadcast live, commercial-free over the CMT cable network on Oct. 21. We, of course, didn't see it in the Augusta area - nor last Saturday's Grand Ole Opry - because Comcast now carries the GAC network rather than CMT.
Mr. Jackson is to perform a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Newnan High School football stadium to benefit Angel's House, the Newnan-Coweta Children's Shelter.
Other inductees at the World Congress Center in Atlanta on Monday night were:
Non-Performer Category: Antonio "L.A." Reid, president and chief executive officer of Arista Records. He and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds created Atlanta-based LaFace Records in 1989.
Mary Tallent Pioneer Award: Grand Ole Opry star Roy Drusky, formerly of Atlanta. One of his No. 1 singles was the 1965 hit Yes, Mr. Peters.
Posthumous Award: Ralph Peer. A pioneer recording engineer and talent scout, Mr. Peer is credited with making the first commercially successful country record when he recorded Georgia fiddler John Carson for Okeh Records in Atlanta in 1923. He is also credited with making the first commercial blues recordings and the first recordings in Nashville, Tenn.
BLUEGRASS THANKSGIVING: The same promoters who organize the annual Lewis Family Homecoming Festival - Norman Adams and Tony Anderson of Dahlonega, Ga. - have a great lineup for the 32nd annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival over Thanksgiving weekend in Myrtle Beach.
The festival takes place 1-11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, and noon-11 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24 in the Convention Center. Tickets are $30 reserved seats or $25 general admission each day. Admission for age 13 and younger is $15 for reserved seats or $12 for general admission daily.
Rhonda Vincent, who won the International Bluegrass Music Association's awards for Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, will perform Saturday, Nov. 24.
Sharing the bill that day will be The Lewis Family, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Raymond Fairchild and other groups.
Headline acts include Ralph Stanley on Nov. 22 and the Osborne Brothers, the Del McCoury Band, the Bluegrass Cardinals, Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen on Nov. 23.
Call (706) 864-7203 for details.
BRENDA HONORED: Former Augusta resident Brenda Lee was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Entertainment Buyers Association.
She told the audience of entertainment professionals: "It's been a wonderful ride. ... Thank you for giving me a stage, an audience and the opportunity you've given me for so many years to do what I love to do most - sing."
Her autobiography, written with Nashville music historian Robert Oermann, is to be released in the spring.
Don Rhodes has written about country music for 31 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at email@example.com.,