Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett - Live at Texas Stadium
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Live at Texas Stadium (MCA Nashville, 2007)

Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett

Reviewed by Jason MacNeil

Getting any big name musicians together for an evening is a dubious task. Outside of the Grammys and other award shows, there are few times that it happens. So when Alan Jackson, George Strait and Jimmy Buffett got together for a star-studded show in 2004 at Texas Stadium, it was quite a moment. Fortunately, the show was recorded, and the result is rather strong from start to finish.

Although all three appear on some songs, generally the album is a mish mash of combinations. The album contains 15 tracks, with each performer having his five tracks.

Following Strait's up-tempo country of "Honk If You Honky Tonk," he and Jackson shine on the slower, old school country during "Murder On Music Row." The only low-point is a rather bland version of "Milk Cow Blues."

Buffett brings out the other two for many of his songs, whether an island-tinged cover of Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'" or a particularly pretty rendition of Guy Clark's "Boats To Build" that blends the island feel with country perfectly.

Following the almost obligatory "Margaritaville," Jackson closes things out by starting with the "Five O'Clock Somewhere" hit he had with Buffett. Jackson performs most of this material on his own, whether it's the decent "Designated Drinker" or the strong bluegrass-laced "Seven Bridges Road."

On the whole it's a better than average live album, each star giving the opportunity to show their wares.

CDs by Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett

Live at Texas Stadium, 2007

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