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Keepin’ it country

On Jan. 8, country superstar Alan Jackson will kick off his 25th anniversary “Keepin’ It Country” Tour at Germain Arena, just miles from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Jackson, described by some as a country music legend, is most known for his song “Five O’Clock Somewhere,” the national anthem for beach bars and hotel resorts everywhere.
Along side Jackson, Jon Pardi or Brandy Clark will open for Jackson. Break out artist Brandy Clark earned best album of 2013 in any genre for her debut album, “12 Stories.”
Jon Pardi, a California native, brings hits such as “What I Can’t Put Down,” and Gold-certified Top 10 tune “Up All Night,” with his debut album, “Write You A Song,” earlier this year 2014.
Pardi describes Jackson as one of his primary musical influences.
“For me being on this tour is awesome,” Pardi said, “(Jackson) is one of my heroes. To be able to tour with a living legend -— and I mean he’s up there with (George) Strait — it means a lot to me. When I look back at everyone I toured with, I will always remember that I was on the ‘Keepin’ it Country’ anniversary tour with Alan Jackson.”
Pardi added that he was looking forward to Dallas and Red Rock, Colorado — but of course was looking forward to kicking off the tour in Florida.
“I’m going to go to the beach, man. I am so pale right now,” Pardi said.
This will be the second time Jackson’s tour has kicked off in Southwest Florida (Estero). In 2004, Jackson kicked off his Reveal tour in Fort Myers with Martina McBride.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at Germain Arena on Jan. 8. Tickets are on sale and range from approximately $23 to $80.

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