Alan Jackson to Retire After Final Country Music Tour

Alan Jackson announces farewell amid health challenges.

by Nouman Rasool
Alan Jackson to Retire After Final Country Music Tour
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Country music icon Alan Jackson has announced his decision to retire, capping off an illustrious 30-year career with a farewell tour amid worsening health conditions. In the emotional video posted to social media platform X, Jackson disclosed his final dates for "Last Call: One More for the Road," it was full of reminiscences of his stellar career and a dose of the stark reality of his health challenges.

At 65 years old, the singer behind "Chattahoochee" fights Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetic neurological disorder that slowly weakens muscles and disrupts coordination of the arms and legs. While not life-threatening, this condition significantly affects mobility and has increasingly made performing a struggle for Jackson.

The impact of the disease was so strong that Jackson had to reschedule parts of his tour in 2022 to manage the symptoms.

Jackson's Family Focus

Jackson's announcement has, of course, been made with enough flourish and soul-searching at spending more time with his family, including catching up on his lost years with daughters and grandchildren, as he moves into what he terms to be his twilight years.

He said, "I enjoy spending more time at home and don't want to be away like I had to be in my younger days. It's time to start thinking about hanging it up full-time." The decision was not made lightly, as Jackson has enjoyed a deep connection with his fans over the decades.

He first publicly disclosed his health condition in a 2021 interview on the "Today" show, where he expressed relief at being open about his struggles. "It's good for me now to get it out in the open," Jackson explained, acknowledging the visible effects of his condition on his performances.

He added, "If anybody's curious why I don't walk right, that's why." Jackson's final tour will span several cities from Boston to Milwaukee, with performances scheduled from August through May. The tour promises a poignant farewell to a revered country music legend, offering fans a few last opportunities to see him perform live.

Tickets for the tour went on sale last Friday, stirring a mix of excitement and melancholy among country music enthusiasts and marking the end of an era for Alan Jackson's remarkable musical journey.