As we remember the tragic events that took place 20 years ago today, we remember the lives lost, as well as those families that were forever changed. In the wake of September 11th, 2001 as the country came together to mourn and lift each other up, country artists contributed to the healing by releasing songs that will forever honor the heroes in remembrance of that day.
Alan Jackson: “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
Darryl Worley: “Have You Forgotten?”
Aaron Tippin: “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”
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After nearly six years, Alan Jackson is back with a full-length collection of new music through his 14th studio album, Where Have You Gone, available now, May 14th on all streaming platforms. Take a look as we discuss maintaining country roots, the beauty of less being more & the grace portrayed by this esteemed country music veteran.
With ample subheaders emerging from the development of country music, it is indeed a breath of fresh air to be shipped back to the roots. The worn-down cowboy boot, wide-legged jean, and slow-dancin’ in your living room to the record type of country. It’s like a long-overdue return back home. Alan Jackon’s 14th studio album, Where Have You Gone is a time capsule that has been unchained at a seemingly stand-still yet fruitful moment in time.
In fact, the title track, which simultaneously acts as the album intro song, lays an intensely beautiful violin arrangement over a pining, wistful-eyed vocal component that speaks truth to the re-emergence of traditional country.
“It’s been way too long since you slipped away // I just can’t forget, I can’t pretend it’s okay // No other one could ever replace you // So I’ll keep on believing and dreaming of you…”
“Merle and George and Hank, A lot of young people liked that music when I was growing up, but it felt like nobody was making it. Somebody had to go to Nashville to make that kind of country,” Jackson explains in a recent press release. “Randy (Travis) did and was great. But real country music is gone. It feels like 1985 again, and somebody has to bring it back.”
Though, Jackson does not solely want to wear dusted off yet incredibly well-suited boots. “I Can Be That Something” suggests, rather subtly hints at, the versatility within this GRAMMY-winning, Entertainer of the Year that holds an outstanding record of thirty-five #1 hits as well as well-maintained classics such as “Remember When”, “Chattahoochee” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” with Jimmy Buffet.
“But I can be that whiskey in your bottle // I can be that smile that takes away your tears // I can be the place you just want to run to // I can be that something to get you through…”
While Where Have You Gone politely yet sternly requests a return to country music origins while widening the scope to incorporate a desirable taste for any occasion, Jackson has stayed true to himself. “I never felt the need to chase anything different than I did,” Jackson confesses. “I just did what I liked and was lucky enough to connect with people who love the same kind of country music I do. My heart was in the real country music, that was what I wanted to do.”
The new album showcases a broad range of “Things That Matter”, a song that teeters on a similar wavelength as his 2003 single “Remember When”, which climbed to the top of the charts and remains a timeless, responsive piece. From the raw sentiment of writing a song for his daughter’s wedding, flirting with an excess of bourbon, a manual on making love last in “The Boot” and a farewell to his mother who passed in 2017, this only scratches the surface of the complete collection of music released by this astounding and unwavering entertainer.
“I know I’ve changed, but I’m still pretty much the same person who came to Nashville all those years ago,” Jackson simplifies. “I still eat beans and cornbread.”
Jackson has indeed brought country “Back” where it belongs with his hat and boots in tow.
Alan Jackson’s ‘Where Have You Gone’ is available now, May 14th
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Where Have You Gone is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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Capital Records Nashville recording artist, Adam Hambrick is known for creating unique, rhythmic, and contemporary country music jams like his singles “Forever Ain’t Long Enough” and “All You, All Night, All Summer.” On Friday, Hambrick switched the script, giving new life to Alan Jackson’s classic tune “Midnight in Montgomery.”
Recorded organically as part of an Amazon original series, the singer finally released the jam across all platforms. The track is one of Hambrick’s favorite Alan Jackson songs, so he clearly aspired to do the icon justice. The singer’s version is hard-hitting and vulnerable, both amplifying the country-rock elements and focusing on the story-telling aspect of the jam. Hambrick added a more enticing instrumental and steel-drums to the usually stripped-down song.
“Cause it’s midnight in Montgomery / Just hear that whip-poor-will / See the stars light up the purple sky / Feel that lonesome chill / ‘Cause when the wind is right / You’ll hear his song / Smell whiskey in the air / Midnight in Montgomery / He’s always singin’ there”
Overall, the rising artist paid homage to Jackson’s talent as a singer and a songwriter, while still remaining true to his own artistry. For fans that are hearing this song for the first time, it would be easy for them to believe that the song is a Hambrick original. It will be interesting to see how the new version resonates with fans who are fond of Jackson’s original.
Hambrick recently wrapped up his headlining tour and continues to play shows across the nation. Keep your eyes peeled for more from the talented rising artist. To find more information, head to adamhambrick.com.
“Midnight in Montgomery” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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