Alan Jackson is a country music icon. However, he didn’t build his career by just being a heartthrob with a golden voice. The secret to Jackson’s popularity and longevity lies in his songwriting skill. He pens songs from his life and his heart. As a result, his music resonates deeply with his fans.
If someone wanted to crack the code of good songwriting, Alan Jackson would be a great artist to study. However, really getting into his headspace while working on new songs might be a little hard for some. He grew up poor in a small town with loving parents. Additionally, he has been married to the same woman since before he made it big. Those things deeply influence his songwriting. In fact, one could almost write a biography about the “Chattahoochee,” singer by listening to his records. For some, getting those influences into their writing organically might be downright impossible.
However, just about anyone can get under the same influence as Alan Jackson. He drinks whiskey when he writes. Even with an unbelievably successful career under his belt, Jackson still sips the nectar of the small-town Southern man. He likes to drink Jack Daniel’s while he’s penning hits.
Alan Jackson opened up about this while talking about “Jim and Jack and Hank,” from his 2015 record Angels and Alcohol. Per CMT, Jackson said, “I’ve had them all, but I’ve always kind of stood by Jack Daniel’s. He’s helped me through a lot of good and bad times.” However, ol’ Jack should also have some co-writer credits on some of Alan’s tunes. “[Jack] Helped me write a lot of songs. So he’s a good friend,” Jackson said about the Tennessee-made whiskey.
Alan Jackson’s Ode to the Healing Power of Booze and Music
Alan Jackson is an expert at writing heartbreak songs. However, “Jim and Jack and Hank,” is a different kind of leaving song. It’s an up-tempo toe-tapper about a man whose lady just walked out the door. She cleaned out the bank, took all of her stuff, and even took the dog. But, the song’s protagonist isn’t too broken up about it. He’s god Jim Beam, Jack Daniel, and Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.
The final lines of the chorus really pull it all together.
“Go on and leave me, baby. / I don’t need you, I got / Jim and Jack and Hank.”
Then, in the final verse, Alan Jackson name drops several other country greats. He mentions his friends George Jones and George Strait. Additionally, he names Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson. Between those artists, there are enough sad songs and waltzes to get anybody through a heartache. Now, all he’ll need is a good hangover remedy.