I've listed and answered
here the questions people ask me most often. -- Doug
Q: Have you ever met Alan
In 2011. It was a great experience! He was very nice and so was
his management group, record label folks, etc. We didn't talk
long- he was getting ready to go on stage for his Atlantic City,
NJ concert. He was friendly but a man of few words and very humble.
I said "Thanks... Thanks for EVERYTHING!" And in typical
Alan fashion, he just grinned and said, "Aww I didn't do
nothin'." I got a photo with him and I gave him one of my
four song CDs. Thanks to my sister Lynn, Mary Ann, Philly's 92.5
WXTU and Alan's staff for helping to make it happen.
Q: How long have you been
impersonating Alan Jackson?
my country band in 2000, featuring Alan's songs, but I officially
started doing "A Tribute To Alan Jackson" and working
with the Las Vegas based show Legends In Concert in 2004.
Q: How long did it take
you to be able to impersonate Alan like that?
I'm not sure how long... months? years? It does take a lot of
practice and studying, and it's something I have to keep up with...
just like exercising, you just can't do it once and say you're
done. It's an on-going study.
Q: Did you have plastic
I've had people suggest I get brain surgery. : )
Q: How many times have you
seen AJ in concert?
I've seen him in concert about seven times. I wish I could get
to see more of his concerts, and other country concerts too,
but I'm usually working- doing shows myself.
Q: How did you discover
you looked like Alan and how did you get started doing this?
to country music (and lots of other types of music at the time)
and wore boots and a Charlie One Horse cowboy hat, but I didn't
pay much attention to TV or what the country artists looked like.
I guess 'round about the time Alan's second CD came out (Don't Rock The Jukebox), I had people start telling me I looked
like him, so eventually out of curiosity I looked him up at the
record store. I recognized his songs and it was odd seeing his
picture, but at that time, it was nothing more than a strange
coincidence that we looked alike.
Many years go by, and I put together a country band, Late Nite
Rodeo, and we feature AJ songs. More years go by and we play
at Bally's Wild West Casino in Atlantic City and the Production
Manager of Legends In Concert, the show next door, stops
by to hear us. I get an audition and I've been doing tribute
shows since then. I feel blessed that I happen to look like Alan
because I really love his music.
Q: Do you have your own
the process of recording one with my band Late Nite Rodeo. It's
country and it has 16 original songs that I've written.