Country music star Alan Jackson is debuting three new songs from his upcoming new album, Where Have You Gone.
The album will be his first in almost six years, following 2015’s Angels & Alcohol. Jackson will release the new album on May 14, and it will include 21 songs, Saving Country Music reports.
As Jackson announced the pending release of Where Have You Gone, he also debuted three songs from the album. The album’s title track laments the absence of traditional country in the current crop of country music. “Things That Matter” and “Way Down In My Whiskey” are the other two tracks available now.
Jackson sings from the heart on this album, which includes two songs – “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “I Do” – written for his daughter’s weddings. And Jackson sang “Where Her Heart Has Always Been,” which includes audio of his mother reading from the Bible, for his mother’s funeral. Ruth Musick “Mama Ruth” Jackson died in 2017 at age 86.
The album also features “The Older I Get,” a song that Jackson recorded and released around the time of his Country Music Hall of Fame induction in 2017. Sarah Allison Turner, Hailey Whitters and Adam Wright wrote the song.
“This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days,” Jackson said, according to Saving Country Music.
Finally, the new album will include Jackson’s homage to Merle Haggard with his cover of “That’s the Way Love Goes.” Haggard recorded the song in 1983. It was the title track to one of his albums. Lefty Frizzell and Sanger “Whitey” Shafer wrote the song.
Is This the New Music Alan Jackson Teased on Instagram?
In an Instagram post yesterday, Jackson hinted that more music was on the way.
“You’ve been waiting… #KeepinItCountry,” he posted alongside a picture of himself in what appears to be an elevator.
Jackson’s post was apparently a bit of an understatement for his fans.
“Yes patiently waiting,” one fan commented.
“No better singer than Alan, love his music,” another fan chimed in.
Jackson’s Come a Long Way Since His Opry Debut
Jackson made his Grand Ole Opry Debut on March 3, 1990. Following an introduction from Jimmy C. Newman, he performed his single “Here in the Real World.”
The song ultimately rose to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, turbocharging Jackson’s nascent career. “I’d Love You All Over Again,” also from his debut album, went on to become a No. 1 hit song.
Taste of Country credited Jackson with helping to introduce a new trend of traditional country music in the 1990s. He became a full-fledged member of the Grand Ole Opry just one year after his debut, in June of 1991.
Jackson called his Opry membership “the ultimate dream” and said he was honored to be in the company of greats like Hank Williams, Roy Acuff and George Jones.