The long wait for new music from Alan Jackson will soon be over. After nearly six years since his last release Angels & Alcohol in July of 2015, Alan Jackson has unveiled a new project called Where Have You Gone to be released on May 14th, and with 21 songs, he’s more than making up for lost time.
Along with the announcement, three new songs have been released: “Where Have You Gone” mourning the evaporation of country in country music, “Things That Matter,” and “Way Down In My Whiskey.” You can listen to them below.
Where Have You Gone will also include numerous personal songs. Jackson has three daughters: Mattie Denise, Alexandra “Ali” Jane, and Dani Grace. Two songs were specifically written for the weddings of his daughters in “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “I Do.” Alan Jackson’s mother also died since he last released music. Ruth Musick “Mama Ruth” Jackson passed away in 2017 at the age of 86, and Alan tributes her in the song “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” written for her funeral. The track also includes his mom reading from The Bible.
Alan Jackson also tributes the late great Merle Haggard with a rendition of “That’s The Way Love Goes,” recorded by The Hag in 1983 as a title track to his album. Originally written by Lefty Frizzell and Sanger “Whitey” Shafer, the song was also a #1 for Johnny Rodriguez, and was covered by Connie Smith as well.
And the album is rounded out with the song “The Older I Get,” which Alan Jackson recorded and released in 2017 ahead of his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. Hailey Whitters, Adam Wright, and Sarah Allison Turner are the writers. “This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days,” Alan Jackson said.
All songs written by Alan Jackson except where noted.
1. Where Have You Gone
2. Wishful Drinkin’
3. I Can Be Something
4. Where The Cottonwood Grows
5. Way Down In My Whiskey
6. Things That Matter (Michael White & Robert Keith Stegall)
7. Livin’ On Empty
8. You’ll Always Be My Baby
9. Where Her Heart Has Always Been
10. The Boot (Adam Wright)
12. Write It In Red
13. So Late So Soon (Scotty Emerick, Daniel Tashian & Sarah Buxton)
14. This Heart Of Mine ( Adam Wright)
15. A Man Who Never Cries
17. I Was Tequila
18. I Do
19. That’s The Way Love Goes (Whitey Shafer & Lefty Frizzell)
20. Beer: 10
21. The Older I Get (Adam Wright, Hailey Whitters & Sarah Turner)