Tim Campbell will perform a tribute show to Alan Jackson at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Doits Village Inn in Pontoon Beach.
Tim Campbell often has been told he looks like Alan Jackson ... but does he sound like the singer, as well?
You have the chance to find out for yourself at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Doits Village Inn in Pontoon Beach.
Campbell says for years, friends and family have remarked that he should take advantage of the similarities.
“People have been after me for years (to do a tribute show),” Campbell says.
He says his birthday is even close to Jackson’s — the two are about a month apart.
Campbell says his sponsors (C. Hunley and Company, Doits Village Inn and Digger’s Dugout in Worden) asked him to do a series of tribute shows over the past few years. This is the third year doing the series — they have played previously at the Wildey in Edwardsville, the Alfresco in Granite City and other locations. The series is called “A Good Times Experience — A Tribute to Alan Jackson.”
The show is just that — a show, not just a band playing a gig, Campbell says.
“There will be a full band, but there will also be dancers and even some acting,” he said.
Campbell mentions a few of Jackson’s songs in which actors will portray characters such as a waitress or the ghost of Hank Williams. When performed indoors, Campbell says there are videos of Jackson playing on screens behind him. The songs featured will span Jackson’s early work to his most recent.
Campbell’s previous shows have been eagerly anticipated and well-received.
“Every show we’ve done has been sold out — that’s why we’re going outdoors, to make sure everyone can see it.”
More than a tribute show, Campbell says he does not limit his vocal style to sound like Jackson.
“We resemble each other, but that’s as far as it goes,” he said. “I’m not an impersonator. When you look at me, that’s who I am. There’s nothing about myself that I change.”
He says doing a tribute show requires research of the person’s onstage demeanor. Jackson has mannerisms and onstage characteristics that people expect and enjoy seeing, Campbell says.
Though he has covered a few of Jackson’s songs throughout his previous gigs, Campbell says he had never really researched or been interested in Jackson until he started the tribute shows. Campbell was born and raised in Granite City and has played in St. Louis and with local bands throughout his musical career. When he’s not doing the tribute shows, Campbell plays local acoustic shows with his friend Dave Horton.
Campbell thanks those who have been supportive throughout his career.
“This is a big production, and it cost a lot of money,” he said. “If it weren’t for my sponsors, there’s no way we could do the show.”
Tickets for the Sept. 20 show can be purchased by visiting Doit’s Village Inn box office, calling (618) 219-2972, or visiting the website, www.ajtributeshow.com.
“This is a show you absolutely do not want to miss,” Campbell said.