Everything We Know About Alan Jackson’s ‘Angels and Alcohol’
Fans have been buzzing about Alan Jackson's 15th studio album, Angels and Alcohol, since the country legend announced the project in early April. The Grand Ole Opry member hasn't released an album of completely new material since 2012, when he released Thirty Miles West (though he did put out The Bluegrass Album, which features a mix of bluegrass standards and new tunes, in 2013).
Angels and Alcohol is now available for pre-order. Below, The Boot rounds up all of the information available thus far about Jackson's new record.
Angels and Alcohol is named after a very traditional track on the album; Jackson has already been playing the tune at shows. He wrote the song, and during his concerts, he plays his acoustic guitar while performing it.
"You can't mix angels and alcohol / I don't think God meant for them to get along," Jackson sings during the tune, which he says is "not a happy Friday night song."
The Release Date
Angels and Alcohol is set for release on July 17, 2015.
The Angels and Alcohol features Jackson, dressed in jeans, a black shirt and his traditional cowboy hat, seated in a black armchair. A glass of alcohol rests on one of the chair's arms, while a guitar is sitting upright at Jackson's feet.
Though he hasn't officially called it a single, "Jim and Jack and Hank" is the first song that Jackson has released from Angels and Alcohol. It's an uptempo tune that deals with a rather serious (if typical for country music) subject -- breaking up -- but the song's narrator certainly isn't a scorned lover. Instead, "Jim and Jack and Hank" gives a funny twist on a breakup, with the narrator saying that he's okay because he has three important men in his life (we're pretty sure you'll be able to guess who they are).
"Take your string bikinis, your apple martinis / Take what’s left there in the bank / Take your flat iron and your curlers, your sparkling water / And that damn perfume I never liked," Jackson sings. "Take your black Mercedes, that stuff for ladies / To me, you’re just a total blank / Go on and leave me, baby / I don’t need you / I got Jim and Jack and Hank.”
Jackson's new record boasts 10 tracks. Seven of them were written by the singer-songwriter, and though in his earlier days, he wrote with a lot of writers, he now prefers solitude when penning a tune.
“I’ve been doing that for a few years now,” Jackson says. “When I got started on Music Row, I would write with different writers. Then, once my career took off, I was gone all the time — playing a couple hundred shows a year. You weren’t home long enough to wash your clothes. I ended up writing a lot by myself, and it just kind of stayed that way.”
Alan Jackson, Angels and Alcohol Track Listing:
1. “You Can Always Come Home”
2. “You Never Know”
3. “Angels and Alcohol”
4. “Gone Before You Met Me”
5. “The One You’re Waiting On”
6. “Jim and Jack and Hank”
7. “I Leave a Light On”
9. “When God Paints”
10. “Mexico, Tequila and Me"
The producer behind all of Jackon's albums (with the exception of Like Red on a Rose, which was produced by fellow country artist Alison Krauss) is at it again. Keith Stegall has produced Jackson's projects for the past 25 years -- and, continuing the tradition, Stegall has returned as the producer for Angels and Alcohol.
While Jackson himself penned seven of Angels and Alcohol's songs, three were written by well-known Music City songwriters, including Michael White (who wrote Blake Shelton‘s “The Baby”) and Troy Jones (who is the mastermind behind two of Billy Currington‘s biggest hits, "Pretty Good at Drinking Beer" and "People Are Crazy").
The Record Label
Universal Music Group Nashville will release Angels and Alcohol.
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