Alan Jackson’s new album Where Have You Gone is making every country fan very excited. The Country Music Hall of Famer is finally back with his first album after six years and it’s filled with brand new music.
He wrote 15 out of the 21 songs on the new record himself. This includes the title track where Jackson proves that he’s still one of the most revered singer-songwriters in country music. The haunting song is Jackson’s plea to bring back steel guitar, fiddles, and country music songs of substance it used to have. It is now out and is accompanied by a lyric video.
According to Alan Jackson, the new material “is a little harder country” than he has ever done in the past. And the moment he listened to the final mixes, Jackson found himself tearing up. He confessed he was surprised by how he got extra emotional, but it’s this kind of music that he truly loves.
Jackson has also released two more tracks to tease us even more, “Way Down in My Whiskey” and “Things That Matter.”
The country superstar further revealed that he was dreaming of his childhood home and his childhood days while writing the songs. After all, “life and love and heartache, drinking and Mama and having a good time” is what makes a country song as real as it can be. But it doesn’t end there! Jackson knows how important the instruments’ sound too – like the steel, acoustic guitar, and the fiddle – something every artist must get correctly.
Where Have You Gone also contains some highly personal songs that reflect Jackson’s life over the past several years. The poignant song “Where Her Heart Has Always Been,” for instance, was written during the death of Jackson’s mother in 2017. An old recording of his beloved mother reading the Bible was included in the studio version.
There are also Alan Jackson songs penned for the weddings of his daughters: “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “I Do.” Of course, you will also find lighthearted and up-tempo tracks such as “Livin’ on Empty,” “Back,” and “Beer:10.”
The upcoming album will be released on May 14, and it was produced by the singer’s longtime producer Keith Stegall. This would be Jackson’s 16th studio release from a career that spans more than three decades.