Two country gents perform in concert

A Good Time is assured this fall when Nashville star Alan Jackson performs in concert at Interior Savings Centre with Nova Scotia's George Canyon.

Jelly Events and Live Nation announced the Nov. 15 date Tuesday, a twin billing sure to draw honky-tonk and mainstream country fans from throughout the Interior. Jackson last appeared in the region as a Mountainfest headliner in 2002.

Good Time is the lead track and title of Jackson's 2008 release, which shot to No. 1 on the country album chart. The album has so far yielded three top-ranked hits, including Country Boy and Sissy's Song, a tune written to mourn the death of a friend.

This year marks 20 years since the Georgian singer/songwriter signed his first record deal, an anniversary celebrated today with a party and performance at Nashville's Cadillac Ranch.

Jackson is well respected not only for his consistent songwriting track record - more than 50 singles and 25 No. 1 hits - but for his faithful adherance to traditional country as Nashville leaned toward pop crossovers and stage spectacle. He is heavily influenced by Hank Williams, an influence shown in his balance of high-sprited and laid-back material on Good Time.

Canyon, who brought his Candles and Evergreens to Sagebrush Theatre last Christmas, has become one of Canada's top male country singer/songwriters in recent years. His current single, All or Nothing from 2008's What I Do, reached No. 15 on the Canadian country chart.

Tickets, $84.50, go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster outlets.

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