Marshall Dane on skinning the cat in songwriting sessions and his Alan Jackson experience–EXCLUSIVE

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In many ways, Canadian singer-songwriter Marshall Dane is today's answer to Alan Jackson, who is often cited as one of his direct influences. Dane's new single "Alcohol Abuse," which was shipped to U.S. radio this week (Monday, February 10), samples Jackson's early work and could easily mark a shift in his remarkable career. He's achieved blockbuster success so far in his home country, earning two nominations at the 2013 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards (Male Artist, Album Of The Year for his previous set Running Stop Signs).

His dream of performing with Jackson came true back in 2010, an experience he doesn't take too lightly. "I had the chance to open up for him back in 2010," the tells NashvilleGab exclusively. "I wanted to make sure — just in the slim chance that Alan Jackson says ‘hey Marshall, why don’t you join me onstage?’ — to be versed in his something he might propose, if it came to that."

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