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Music Review

Alan Jackson covers full range of country

LOWELL ­— Alan Jackson remains country’s cool customer, sticking to his honky-tonk roots while still managing to make his presence felt among the younger cabana-country crowd.

Jackson played for nearly two hours Friday at the Tsongas Center, which was barely enough time to scratch the surface of his catalog of hits. Still, it was better hearing Jackson unleash his fiery band, the Strayhorns, through fully fleshed-out hoedowns versus having him compress the hits into strings of medleys. Jackson did edit some tunes, but let the Strayhorns’ guitars, fiddle, and keys fly on a variety of material spanning the rock ’n’ roll rave up “Summertime Blues” to the melancholy tones of “The Blues Man.”

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