By Taylor Coughlin
Like a lot of good stories in bluegrass do, this one started at The Ryman.
Country superstar Alan Jackson was at The Mother Church in Nashville filming videos when he was sitting with his longtime guitarist Scott Coney during a break. Sitting on a stool, Jackson started playing a bluegrass guitar lick and asked Coney, “What do you think about this?”
Six weeks later, The Bluegrass Album would be recorded, with that song (“Long Hard Road”) kicking it all off. But like a lot of good stories in bluegrass, there’s more to it than that.