By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
With Mayor Will Hill of Louisville proclaiming Dec. 8 as Carl Jackson Day in Louisville, it was truly Carl Jackson Day.
Jackson walked the streets, perfomred in front of the courthouse and brought his 16th Annual Home For Christmas Concert alive at the Strand Theater. The 16th annual Carl Jackson Home For Christmas concert hosted two sold out shows with one at 4 pm and one at 7 pm.
In addition to Jackson the show featured award winning writers and performers Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Valerie Storey, Bradley Walker, Johnny Rawls, and comedian Lonnie Shorr.
The proceeds from the concert will help the continued renovation of his hometown theater (The Strand Theater) which now serves as the Community Arts Center.
For years, Music Row veteran songwriters /artists Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Jerry Salley have been donating their talents to the Home for Christmas concert to benefit the restoration of the historic Strand Theatre in Louisville. This trio also recently came together for the Republican National Convention where they played to an enthusiastic crowd. Republican Congressman Gregg Harper had arranged the RNC event. Harper and a large group of his friends also attended the shows in Louisville this year with Harper’s daughter Maggie once agains perfoming with Jackson on stage.
Jackson, Cordle and Salley have also released two albums together, Against The Grain and Lonesome Cafe along with their multiple solo projects available, as well. Jackson also recently released an album called Grace Notes.