It just keeps getting better and better for Alan Jackson fans. After Jackson surprised everyone with an upcoming album (his first since 2015’s Angels And Alcohol), he keeps surprising fans with new details.
He recently debuted new songs from the upcoming album, Where Have You Gone: “You’ll Always Be My Baby,” “and “Way Down in Whiskey.” Now, he’s dropping more bombs. On Tuesday, the 62-year-old announced via Twitter that the new album would include his timeless track, “The Older I Get.”
In addition to the announcement, the tweet included a clip from the 2017 music video that includes Jackson singing while we see sentimental pictures of his family and friends.
“And if they found a fountain of youth, I wouldn’t drink a drop and that’s the truth, funny how it feels I’m just getting to my best years yet,” a nostalgic Jackson sings. He’s always been one for honoring sentiment, and if this album is like the others, that same sentimental feel is bound to be expected.
Fans first heard Jackon’s “The Older I Get” way back in 2017. The song’s release coincided with his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The song and timing are perfectly fitting, seeing as it’s a reflective piece that fans could surmise as autobiographical.
Alan Jackson on New Album: ‘Undeniably Country’
In a statement, Jackson revealed his new album, set for a release date of May 14, is undeniably country music. “It’s a little harder country than even I’ve done in the past,” he 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.”
In addition to “The Older I Get,” fans can expect to hear 20 other songs on Where Have You Gone. Additionally, Jackson wrote 15 of the album’s 21 songs and includes others written by songwriters such as Hailey Whitters, Daniel Tashian, and Scotty Emerick. He also pays tribute to his hero, Merle Haggard, during his cover of “That’s the Way Love Goes.”
Jackson also reminisces on watching his daughters grow up. Jackson sings “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “I Do” as a tribute to his daughters on their wedding day. Moreso, “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” is Jackson’s tribute to his mother, who died in 2017 at age 86.