It's taken twenty years for country music legend Alan Jackson to perform in Australia and I was fortunate enough to be at his opening show in Melbourne. It was so well worth the wait! I had the best seats I could want, my only regret is that I didn’t have my camera but fortunately a good friend (thanks Jenny) managed to get these that I have included.

When I said I was going to see Alan Jackson some friends and people at work said “Who?” … He may not be that well-known in mainstream music but with 34 No.1 hits on the US country charts, he can do no wrong for his millions of fans worldwide.

His shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane sold out within hours.

The songs and the man go together...very humble and down to earth and his voice is as smooth and easy to listen to as any studio recording. The fans were on their feet from the very first note and sang along to every song. He was visibly humbled and blown away by the crowd participation.

Throwing guitar picks into the audience, signing boots, hats, t shirts, cups - he is the true gentleman of country music.

The country came to the city on this night with his cowboy hat torn jeans and ready for a hoedown at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena. Bringing with him his band members who have been with him for many years … ‘The Strayhorns’ with great Fiddle, Slide guitar and Banjo giving that perfect country sound.

Some of Alan Jacksons well know tunes include:

I Don't Even Know Your Name, It Must Be Love, Summertime Blues, Little Man, Gone Country, Chasin' That Neon Rainbow, Don't Rock The Jukebox, Who's Cheatin' Who”, Chattahoochee, It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere, Remember When, Good Time – I am sure you will instantly think of many others!

Alan Jackson was supported by Australia’s very own Jasmine Rae described as ‘the hottest new artist to come out of Australia in a long time’ … she had the crowd in the palm of her hand with a fabulous performance.

And the winners of 'Best New Talent' at the 2011 Golden Guitar Awards-from New South Wales … McAlister-Kemp!