It's that time of year again, when Valley country fans by the thousands kick up dust in the trampled alfalfa fields at the Canyon Moon Ranch outside Florence, where the annual Country Thunder music festival trots out four days of the biggest names in contemporary country music. After a lackluster lineup last year, when count-pop duo Sugarland were the big draw, this year's fest is topped by arguably one of the top two or three country artists of the past two decades, Alan Jackson, who closes out the fest on the main stage Saturday night. In an era when Nashville's cubicle-dwelling songwriting teams resemble a Detroit auto assembly line, delivering a finished product to a country star to sing, Jackson wrote every song on his... More >>>