On This Day: Alan Jackson Drops ‘Thirty Miles West’ Album in 2012

by Madison Miller
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After releasing his newest album “Where Have You Gone” after a gap between music releases, country music icon Alan Jackson added to his long and growing discography.

In fact, on June 5, 2012, Jackson released his album “Thirty Miles West” to his fans. This was Jackson’s 17th studio album of his career. Some of the top singles on the album are “Long Way to Go,” “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” and “You Go Your Way.”

The album title happens to be close to Jackson’s heart — and home. It is a portion of the Dixie Highway that is near his hometown of Newnan, Georgia. He also has a song on the album called “Dixie Highway” as well. It’s performed alongside fellow country music artist Zac Brown.

“I grew up on Highway 34 outside of Newnan, Georgia, and that’s where we came up with ‘Thirty Miles West.’ I think we were about thirty miles west of the official part of the Dixie Highway that runs through Georgia,” Alan Jackson said according to Roughstock.

Alan Jackson thinks that this album had a lot of similarities to his others.

“I think back to all the albums I’ve made and I’d say they’re all similar. There’s songs about what I’ve always thought country music is about. Whether it’s songs about your family, or where you grew up, or somebody dying, or heartache from a lost love, a drinking song, or a fun partying song …” Jackson said on B105 radio in 2012.

Alan Jackson continues to crank out new music. He is also going on tour starting in late June. His newest album actually debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Current Country Album chart.

Alan Jackson and Industry Executive

Alan Jackson has been a part of the country music world since his 1990 album “Here in the Real World” came out. He has more than 150 music industry accolades during his long career in the genre.

However, similar to most artists, he was once struggling to get people to even listen to him at all.

In an interview with Essential Radio on Apple Music Country, Jackson opened up about the struggles of finding his voice and then making it heard. He used to play at Douglas Corner Cafe. This is a popular venue for songwriters. He would play here to hopefully catch an executive’s attention and jumpstart his career. He would sometimes even play for free in the hopes that money would show up later on.

Some executives definitely lacked an interest in Jackson’s music, however.

“I can’t even remember all the showcases that I had done previous to that [concert] and had gotten turned down over and over from every label. One woman at CBS even told me I needed to go back to Georgia, and seriously! …  I was just hardheaded, I guess. I think I’d been in it and recorded [as] you do, where you’d go and record a few demos to try and get somebody’s attention. And, I’d had a couple of other producers trying to help me. Nobody could let me or get me what I wanted to sound like the type of sound and the music that I wanted,” Jackson said, according to CMT.

Clearly, his drive and his motivation helped secure him a spot in country music history. It’s a spot that is unique in its own right.

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