Alan Jackson treated fans to a special Acme Unplugged acoustic show at Nashville’s Acme Feed & Seed on June 7. Alan played more than 20 of his favorite tunes for the intimate crowd, often engaging with the fans and telling many of the stories behind the songs he had written, including “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Wanted,” “Here in the Real World,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” and more.
Alan kicked off the performance with “Home,” a song he wrote for his mother that appeared on his 1990 debut studio album, Here in the Real World.
“I moved to Nashville in 1985—my wife, Denise, and I—to get into the music business,” said Alan prior to playing “Home.” “It was the first time I had moved away from Georgia, I was homesick, didn’t know anybody, trying to get into the music business. Denise was a flight attendant, gone all the time. The first Mother’s Day came up after I had moved away from home. I was homesick and I wrote this song [“Home”] for my mama. It was just a true story about her and my daddy starting out as young kids . . . when they got married, they lived in a 12 by 12 toolshed, and that’s where they started their lives. The started adding on to that toolshed and it became their home. That’s where I was raised and grew up, until I moved to Nashville, pretty much. My mama’s 86 and she still lives there in that house.”
During the song, Alan was overcome with emotion. It was a touching moment that you can watch in the video below.