LAKE MARTIN, AL - April 14, 2009 - In his 2002 hit single "Drive," country superstar Alan Jackson reminisced, "It was just an old plywood boat with a '75 Johnson with electric choke... Just a little lake across the Alabama line, but I was king of the ocean when daddy let me drive." Now the country music superstar will be able to share his autobiographical song with thousands of boating fans when he performs on July 25 at the AquaPalooza 2009 Signature Event, sponsored by Sea Ray Boats.
It only makes sense that Jackson should headline this year's Signature Event, which will take place at Lake Martin, Ala., because he and his family have enjoyed many summer vacations here aboard that old plywood boat and others. "I'm a boating nut. If I told you how many boats I've had, you'd think I was crazy," said Jackson. "I must have 20 woodies dating from the 1920s to 1960s. When you're out on the water in a classic old boat, you know, it's as if you've gone back in time. The water sure hasn't changed. I like modern boats, too, and I've owned a lot of Sea Rays through the years."
With a 20-year career that spans 50 million album sales and 34 number one singles, Jackson is sure to energize the AquaPalooza crowd with a great selection of honky-tonk songs and party anthems. "I expect this show will be a lot like our arena shows, though we'll probably replace a few ballads with the livelier stuff since people on their boats are typically looking to party," he says. Jackson released his latest album, Good Time, last year, and true to form, it has already produced three No. 1 chart-busting hits including "Good Time," "Country Boy" and "Small Town Southern Man", and with a fourth, "Sissy's Song" on its way to another No. 1 spot.
This year's AquaPalooza Signature Event will be hosted by Sea Ray dealer Russell Marine of Russell Lands in Alexander City, Ala. Russell Marine expects to welcome thousands of people to the Kowaliga area of Lake Martin, as Sea Ray attempts to top last year's Signature Event record of 2,500 boats and 10,000 guests. As Rob Noyes, vice president of marketing for Sea Ray, puts it, "We're not going to settle for less than new attendance records again this year. AquaPalooza 2009 will be part of our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, so we expect it to be a blowout."
"We're proud that Russell Marine has been chosen to host the 2009 AquaPalooza Signature Event; and to have someone of Alan Jackson's caliber to perform is like a dream come true," said Dave Commander, vice president of Russell Lands and general manager of Russell Marine. "Alan Jackson is a very special person to this area. Over the last several years, he has raised significant monies for our local charity, Children's Harbor, with his classic antique boat donations."
AquaPalooza is open to boaters of all kinds and non-boaters alike. "This event is about life on or around the water, fun in the sun and great music, shared with your family and friends," said Noyes. For those who can't make it to the Signature Event, there will be an additional 150 official AquaPalooza events in North America and abroad, most of them taking place the last two weekends in July. Visit AquaPalooza.com to locate and register for an event near you.
ABOUT SEA RAY
Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world's largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 17 to 60 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at www.searay.com.
ABOUT RUSSELL LANDS
For over 30 years Russell Lands has been in the residential real estate development business. As the largest recreational developer in Alabama today, the company is also one of uncommon vision, diversity and commitment to community - whose endeavors go beyond developing fine lake homes and communities, known as Russell Lands On Lake Martin. Willow Point Golf and Country Club, owned and operated by Russell Lands, is one of the most revered private clubs in Alabama and considered to have the "most beautiful lakeside golf course" in the country. Russell Crossroads, the new central town hub of Russell Lands On Lake Martin's 25,000 acres of land holdings, is designed to reflect the agrarian era with period architecture of the 1920s promoting "walkability" of the town. Today, the town consists of the Discovery Center, Catherine's Market and SpringHouse restaurant. Russell Marine offers boating enthusiasts world-class sales and service through four Lake Martin locations and is nationally ranked in the Top 10 Boat Dealers for the third consecutive year. Russell Do-It and Home Décor Centers in nine locations make it easier for homeowners to build and personalize the homes in which they live. In 1998, Russell Lands constructed the Lake Martin Amphitheater - a unique venue for celebrating culture and the creative arts. And the company continues to serve the community through Children's Harbor - the not-for-profit organization created by Russell Lands Chairman and CEO, Ben Russell - whose mission is to strengthen children and families through a variety of programs, services and good works. For more information, go to www.RussellLandsOnLakeMartin.com .
ABOUT CHILDREN'S HARBOR
Children's Harbor serves seriously ill children and their families. They operate a Family Resource Center connected to Children's Hospital in Birmingham and donate their Lake Martin facilities to groups who serve the seriously ill and disabled.
Contributions from individuals, businesses, churches, clubs, foundations, and others are used to provide services to the children and their families. Alan Jackson has been a key contributor for several years.
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