Music fans attending the one-night-only, five-artist Summer Night Jam concert at Kentucky Speedway August 5 will enjoy the first live performance of superstar Alan Jackson's new single, "Like Red on a Rose."

The song will be officially released for radio play Monday, July 24 and a new album will be in stores Tuesday, Sept. 26. Jackson's most recent ballad delivers a heartfelt message of love and dedication with a blues and jazz feel. Early reviews have describe "Like Red on a Rose" as a "swirling, haunting, poetic ballad featuring echoey guitar solos as evocative as the hypnotic vocal performance," "one of the most interesting" songs of the year and "perfect for the hazy days of summer." Fans can preview the song online at

Super duo Big & Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy, legend Merle Haggard, fan-favorite Deana Carter and up-and-coming star Shannon Brown will join Jackson on the 200-foot Kentucky Speedway stage that will be surrounded by a state-of-the-art sound system.

The 66,089-seat motorsports facility will be converted into a unique 16,000-seat concert venue featuring 10,000 lower grandstand seats and a 6,000 fan capacity on-track, standing-room-only, VIP area with access to private concession and restroom areas as well as access to special grandstand "cool down" areas. The speedway will roll back its fencing to ensure grandstand guests an unencumbered view of the performances and position staircases on its frontstretch to give fans convenient access to the VIP area. Concert guests also will have the chance to win one of five valuable prize packages from Domino's Pizza, Meijer, Pleasant Valley Outdoors, Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers.

Domino's Pizza will award one lucky guest free pizza for one year, Meijer will give away a $1,000 gift certificate,Pleasant Valley Outdoors will furnish a music enthusiast with a Bombardier Can-Am Rally 200cc ATV, Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati will present a concert-goer with a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers will rev the crowd up by delivering one fan a Ford F-150 lease. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Reserved grandstand tickets priced from $55 to $75 are on sale now. On-track VIP tickets are $85. Tickets can be reserved through Kentucky Speedway at 888-652-RACE (7223), online at and through all Meijer stores.

Speedway parking lots will open at 2:00 p.m., and gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Brown will be first to take the stage at 5:00 p.m., followed by Carter at 6:00 p.m., Haggard at 7:00 p.m., Big & Rich at 8:00 p.m., and Jackson at 9:30 p.m.

Jackson has sold more than 44 million albums featuring more than 31 No. 1 country hits, including 21 he penned himself. He is the most-nominated artist in CMA history and has earned more than 95 major industry awards. Jackson's recent gospel album release, "Precious Memories," rose to No. 1 on the "Billboard" magazine country music album chart and is certified Gold by the RIAA.

Big & Rich's 2004 debut album, "A Horse of a Different Color," sold more than two million copies after its smash single, "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy," was quickly embraced by country radio listeners. The pair's second album, "Comin' To Your City," went multi-platinum when its title single realized similar success.

The 69-year-old Haggard began his legendary career in 1967 with a streak of 37 straight Top 10 hits that included 23 No. 1 singles such as "Okie From Muskogee," "Mama Tried," "Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room," and many more. His original, distinctive sound and style draws from many influences such as country, jazz, blues and folk music. Many of Haggard's albums from the 1960s and 1970s were digitally remastered and re-released this year.

Carter's sixth and most recent album, "The Story of My Life," was released in March 2005 on Vanguard Records and features the songs "The Girl You Left Me For," "One Day at a Time," and the title single. Carter's debut album, "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" included the 1997 Single of the Year, "Strawberry Wine."

Brown released her first album titled "Corn Fed" on Warner Bros. Records in February. John Rich, of Big & Rich produced and helped her write many of the songs in the collection.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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