Friday, April 2, 2021
– Alan Jackson will release his first album of all new music in six years, "Where Have You Gone," on May 14.
The disc contains 21 songs and is Jackson's 16th studio album. Jackson, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, penned 15 of the songs, including the title track. Keith Stegall, his longtime producer, once again handled production.
"It's a little harder country than even I've done in the past," Jackson said. "And it's funny, I was driving and listening to the final mixes Keith sent me, and I started to tear up. I was surprised to get so overly emotional, but I just love this kind of music."
"When I write, I visualize back home and growing up," Jackson said. "Real country songs are life and love and heartache, drinking and mama and having a good time, but it's the sounds of the instruments, too. The steel and acoustic guitar, the fiddle – those things have a sound and a tone - and getting that right, the way those things make you feel, that's country, too."
Led by the self-penned title track, Jackson also includes "You'll Always Be My Baby" and "I Do," written for his daughters' weddings. "Where Her Heart Has Always Been" was written for his mother's funeral and includes a recording of her reading from The Bible.
The track list is:
1. "Where Have You Gone" (Alan Jackson)
2. "Wishful Drinkin'" (Alan Jackson)
3. "I Can Be That Something" (Alan Jackson)
4. "Where the Cottonwood Grows" (Alan Jackson)
5. "Way Down In My Whiskey" (Alan Jackson)
6. "Things That Matter" (Robert Keith Stegall, Michael White)
7. "Livin' On Empty" (Alan Jackson)
8. "You'll Always Be My Baby (Written for Daughters' Weddings)" (Alan Jackson)
9. "Where Her Heart Has Always Been (Written for Mama's funeral with an old recording of her reading from The Bible)" (Alan Jackson)
10. "The Boot" (Adam Wright)
11. "Back" (Alan Jackson)
12. "Write It In Red" (Alan Jackson)
13. "So Late So Soon" (Scotty Emerick, Daniel Tashian, Sarah Buxton)
14. "This Heart Of Mine" (Adam Wright)
15. "A Man Who Never Cries" (Alan Jackson)
16. "Chain" (Alan Jackson)
17. "I Was Tequila" (Alan Jackson)
18. "I Do (Written for Daughters' Weddings)" (Alan Jackson)
19. "Beer:10" (Alan Jackson)
20. "The Older I Get"* (Hailey Whitters, Adam Wright, Sarah Turner)
Extra track: "That's The Way Love Goes" (A Tribute to Merle Haggard) (Lefty Frizzell, Whitey Shafer)
Produced by Robert Keith Stegall
*Produced by Keith Stegall
Jackson's last release was "Angels and Alcohol"in 2015.