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Country superstars Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack singing at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on April 21

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From a press release:

Country superstar Alan Jackson will bring his 2017 “Honky Tonk Highway Tour” to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, April 21. Multi-platinum singer Lee Ann Womack will be the special guest.

Tickets, which are $49.50 and $76.50, go on sale this Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. through the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.), and, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000. VIP tickets and packages are also available.

Alan Jackson’s concerts find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discover his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite him as an influence. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit, “Here in the Real World;” signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” and “Gone Country;” party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time;” and many more.

Special guest Lee Ann Womack joins Jackson for his Wilkes-Barre show. As a Jackson duet partner of long-standing, Womack has appeared on several of his albums and the two have shared a number of stages, including the Grand Ole Opry. Womack also honored Jackson at the 2014 CMT Music Awards when he received his Impact Award. In Pennsylvania, fans will hear hits spanning Lee Ann’s career to date, as well as brand new and unreleased songs.

Jackson’s 2017 “Honky Tonk Highway Tour” comes on the heels of the recent 25th anniversary celebration, which found the superstar playing to sold-out crowds throughout 2015 and 2016. Jackson recently released the album “Angels and Alcohol” and is the subject of a new box set, “Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story.”

The man from rural Newnan, Georgia who claims he is just a “singer of simple songs” has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 bestselling male vocalists of all time in all genres, and was recently listed as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All Time by Billboard. He has released more than 60 singles, registering 50 Top 10 hits and 35 No. 1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards, including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys, and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. Jackson received the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014, having earned the title of most-performed country music songwriter/artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer/songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the bestselling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. Jackson’s current album, “Angels and Alcohol,” topped the country album charts when it was released last summer.

Lee Ann Womack has sung for presidents, the Concert for the Nobel Prize, and Maya Angelou’s “Celebration of Rising Joy.” More importantly, the Grammy winner has built a career singing songs that slice life wide open with a soprano that is all purity and ache. A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Womack also won the prestigious “Album of the Year” for “There’s More Where That Came From,” plus a pair of “Singles of the Year.”

The East Texan is a duet partner of choice for Jackson, Willie Nelson, John Prine, George Strait, and others. Her most recent album, 2014 “Country Album of the Year” Grammy nominee “The Way I’m Livin’” – produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies) – is an unvarnished distillation of Womack’s clear-eyed take on the real world. Drawing on songs from Julie Miller, Bruce Robison, Hayes Carll, Mindy Smith, and Neil Young, USA Today called it “irresistibly teasing,” with the New York Times adding “[Womack] is entrancing.”