NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Country superstar Alan Jackson revealed in an interview Tuesday that he suffers from a degenerative nerve disease that affects his balance, but intends to continue playing.
Jackson, 62, said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show that he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease ten years ago. He said it was a genetic condition and its effects on his ability to walk were increasingly noticeable. The condition does not affect his life expectancy, he said.
“I know I stumble on stage,” he told Jenna Bush Hager. “And now I have a little trouble balancing even in front of the microphone, so I feel very uncomfortable.”
The Newnan, Ga., Singer-songwriter released a new album “Where Have You Gone” this year and he remains one of the top male performers in country music, with over 43 million albums sold. in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Country Music Hall of Famer’s best-known hits include “Chattahoochee” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.
Jackson has continued to tour despite the condition and says he wants to continue playing as much as he can.
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