Alan Jackson, the first artist to stand on Casino del Sol’s AVA stage when it opened in 2001, returns tonight.

The reserved seats are long gone, but there’s room on the lawn. Here are five reasons why no one will be sitting once Jackson hits the stage at 8 p.m.:

He’s gone country, look at them boots: Jackson is the real deal, a neo-trad country devotee who sings about the cornbread and chicken from where he comes  and the heartbroken hillbilly who’s begging the guy with the quarter not to rock the jukebox.

The hits keep coming: Jackson has by most counts 25 No. 1 hits, and more than 50 in the Top 30.

Songs that will make your night: “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” “Who’s Cheatin’ Who,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” and the heartbreaking, patriotic-tugging “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning.”

Getting a little blue — bluegrass that is: Last year Jackson released “The Bluegrass Album,” a rollicking twangy you-could-swear-it-was-born-in-the-hollow record with eight songs he wrote. The album and the debut single “Blacktop” debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s bluegrass charts.

Rare chance to see him here: It’s been six long years since his last Tucson show. And it was seven years between that one and the one before that.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.