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Alan Jackson reveals nerve condition affecting his balance

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Sep 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 14:11:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country superstar Alan Jackson revealed in an interview that he has a degenerative nerve condition that has affected his balance.

The 62-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer said in an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show that he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease a decade ago.

The condition does not affect his life expectancy, but he says its effects on his ability to walk have been getting more noticeable.

"I know I'm stumbling around on stage," he said in his interview with Jenna Bush Hager. "And now I'm having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable."

There is currently no cure for the disease, but supportive therapy can help manage it, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website stated.

The singer-songwriter from Newnan, Georgia, released a new album this year, "Where Have You Gone," and remains one of country music's top male artists.

Jackson has continued to tour and says he wants to keep performing as much as he can.