Alan Jackson to Release New 21-Song Album “Where Have You Gone”
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)
strait county 81
April 1, 2021 @ 10:05 pm
Just got the notifications for the 3 songs an hour ago and it’s exactly the kind of thing i want and expect from him.
April 1, 2021 @ 10:28 pm
This is the best news to wake up to.
April 1, 2021 @ 10:48 pm
April Fool’s joke… Good one Trig. You had me there for a second 😉
April 2, 2021 @ 2:18 am
These three are ok. The country music protest song is getting a bit tired. Jackson’s idol George Jones could have sang this same exact song in the 80’s and Roy Acuff in the 60’s. But with 21 tracks, I’m bound to find something to my liking.
Any good new releases today? I like when you occasionally tweet out the new release list.
When I went to bed last night, I thought we’d have a new Pat Reedy album, but it’s a single.
April 2, 2021 @ 4:41 am
I wouldn’t call it a protest song. It’s more of a lament and a plea to bring it back. Alan isn’t protesting the latest trends, just wishing country was actually country. He’s admitting artists like him and George Strait are a dying breed.
April 2, 2021 @ 5:42 am
Are they a dying breed? You don’t hear them or Cody Jinks or Tyler Childers on terrestrial radio (which is the dying breed), but I hear real country music everyday on the Outlaw Station on Sirius, Trig’s and WhiskeyRiff’s playlists, and my community supported, independent station. I’m exposed to more actual country music right now than any other point of my 40 years on the planet. I think that’s why the message feels trite to me because I feel country music is closer today to being saved than it has in decades.
April 2, 2021 @ 6:05 am
In terms of mainstream radio, as you mentioned, yes, they are a dying breed. 15 to 20 years ago you didn’t have to be an independent or older artist to be country. They were all over mainstream radio. Yes, there are plenty of actual country artists out there. But those independent ones would be mainstream if there was justice. The only real mainstream artists who can unequivocally be called country are Jon Pardi and to a degree Luke Combs. That is what Alan is trying to say in the song. Bring back country music we can hear. Not everyone is aware of all these independent artists. Unless of course they’re regular readers on here 😉
April 2, 2021 @ 7:55 am
Yeah, this doesn’t feel like a hard protest song to me. It’s more of a lamentation. I understand what Hoptowntiger is getting at and I’ve had that same sentiment before. But this song is a much more tasteful.
April 3, 2021 @ 10:08 am
Not protesting anything. He’s pining for a lost love, hoping “she” might return.
April 2, 2021 @ 4:50 am
We need more not less protest songs and somebody might listen.
This is vintage Alan Jackson and just hope radio plays it.
strait county 81
April 2, 2021 @ 5:17 am
You realize complaining about protest songs is becoming more tiresome than the actual protest songs? Damn someone actually passionate about the genre.
April 2, 2021 @ 5:44 am
It was a comment in a comment section.
April 2, 2021 @ 5:55 am
I support Hop Town Tiger ’94 – I appreciate his opinions on the matter.
If you watch Grady Smith’s YouTube video about Alan Jackson, you’ll know he has done protest songs (Murder on Music Row) & has had protest moments on TV (George Jones award show song & walking out on Beyonce at the CMAs)
Alan is badass, so yes this new song “Where Have You Gone”, in a classy, subtle way is a protest song about the current landscape of mainstream country music and Nashville Music Row
April 2, 2021 @ 10:20 am
The great Junior Brown once said in an interview that Country Music has long been dead. He went as far as to say any music these days labled Country is a parody at best and not the real thing. ( I love Juniors music, but even he doesnt consider it authentic Country) i suppose hes referring to the golden era when his heroes like Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills and Ray Price were touring. The remark made me sad to think Junior sees little value in modern acts playing the vintage styles. I understand where Juniors coming from, but still disagree. I work in the civil construction industry and our labor pool is mainly rural folks who live in the hills and hollers but commute to the city where the bridge and road work are to be found. These folks still hunt, fish, trap, raise animals and live like Country folks do. They love all the stuff we like, i even have found the younger guys have discovered Tyler Childers
And Cody Jinks. So is it truly over? I think not. The cultural PC warriors would love to extinguish it for good, i fear, but i think that too many people love our kind of music, to let it completely go away. Good on Alan Jackson, thumbs up on his new work!
May 23, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
I agree, I seldom listen to country anymore..they turned Hollywood and all sound alike and dress alike. They forgot their followers.
Nice that he stands up and says what we feel.
He’s a class act .
Wilson Pick It
April 2, 2021 @ 6:55 am
“The country music protest song is getting a bit tired.”
Is it just me or are we getting to a point where every artist almost has to declare a side in the war for country music’s soul?
Are we nearing a Trump-type situation where being neutral just ain’t an option?
April 2, 2021 @ 11:31 am
” things that matter and things that don’t.”
hoptowntiger 94…. that could have been written for you..
April 2, 2021 @ 4:28 am
I remember from, a long time ago, Minnie Pearl helping introduce Jackson on CMT’s Ralph Emery program- she said, “he is the real deal”- Where have You Gone touches me-
April 2, 2021 @ 4:58 am
So excited for this!! Started hearing whispers of it yesterday, but am so happy this is for real. Only listened to “Where have you gone” so far and it is touching the love that AJ still has for country music. Cant wait for the whole thing!
May 16, 2021 @ 6:07 am
It’s time to show how we feel about traditional country music. Do not buy the the albums of the so called country music! Allen’s album is not in protest, just factual of how we all miss the loss of real talent who are true country singers. Modern day performers miss the heart felt written songs. It’s all extremely loud fast pace music. I no longer listen to country radio unless it’s flash back country specials.
Patricia Lyon Finger
April 2, 2021 @ 5:13 am
Hope this is not an April fool’s. I’ve been waiting for this since he released his last CD. I’ve been an Alan Jackson fan since the fist time I heard him sing. I have all his CDs can’t wait to add this one to my collection.
April 2, 2021 @ 7:32 am
Well, we got three real songs, so no reason to believe it’s fake. But it is perilous trying to sift fact from fiction this time of year.
April 2, 2021 @ 5:30 am
Just what I have been waiting for. Love all three songs and can’t wait to get the full 21 song set. Great Bday gift for my bday May 14. Alan at his best
April 2, 2021 @ 6:06 am
I posted a comment previously but it looks like it didn’t go through!? I think I’m finally not “moderated” anymore (Thanks Trig??)
But I’ll just type it out again,
Controversial opinion :
Kinda was hoping for Alan’s big return to be similar to George Strait’s in 2019.
These 3 songs are great but the whole tone of this album seems to be very melancholy. Slow ballads of reflection on life.
That’s great but I’ve wanted Honky Tonk Alan to make a comeback. It’s been like since 2008 that we’ve got a fun single from him.
Honestly, I’m just happy we are getting an album from him – and he’s doing what he wants. Creative freedom!!
April 2, 2021 @ 8:11 am
From the press release on his website, “There’s also plenty of fun to be had on barnburners like “Livin’ On Empty,” “Back” and “Beer:10.”
April 2, 2021 @ 6:20 am
It’s about time! Alan is bringing back real country music!!
April 2, 2021 @ 6:48 am
Love songs are more trite than protest songs. I could do with never hearing another love song again.
April 2, 2021 @ 6:55 am
I wasn’t a huge Jackson fan in his heyday, but unlike many fading stars I think he has gotten better with age. I liked his last album and this one looks to be headed in the right direction.
April 2, 2021 @ 7:04 am
I agree. I thought of him as pop country when he was in his prime. In many ways, he was. But, I now appreciate him more than most of his contemporaries.
April 2, 2021 @ 7:27 am
I have been following since day 1. He is a true American. All of his songs are #1. So glad for new release. ♥️🇺🇲
April 2, 2021 @ 7:58 am
“Chattahoochee” threw me off the Alan Jackson wagon back in the day. Who waterskis in jeans ?!? But he’s a badass, and has only gotten better with age.
April 2, 2021 @ 8:26 am
Talkin’ ’bout cars and dreamin’ ’bout women
Never had a plan, just a livin’ for the minute.
April 2, 2021 @ 9:51 am
Dude that was badass! Who CAN ski in jeans?
April 2, 2021 @ 12:03 pm
Fonzie was water skiing in a leather jacket…
April 2, 2021 @ 7:32 pm
Yes, but he did quote on quote “Jumped the Shark” 😲
April 4, 2021 @ 5:28 pm
I admit he lost me a bit from around 2004-2009 with stuff like “Five O’ Clock Somewhere,” (felt like his attempt to keep up with the beach theme that Kenny was on a hot streak with) “Country Boy,” “Good Time,” “I Still Like Bologna,” etc., but after that, he’s gotten back on track nicely, and I’ve been a huge fan again ever since.
April 2, 2021 @ 7:35 am
Jackson has always been on my personal Rushmore. Not that anything could ever change it, but this further solidifies it.
To still be writing and recording your own music and delivering that quality at his age is nothing short of incredible.
April 2, 2021 @ 7:49 am
These songs, along with the songs Tracey Lawrence has released lately are such a great refresher and throwback… just wish we could hear them on radio. I don’t really understand why people are complaining that these are protest songs. You can hear the passion Alan still has for real country Musick in the songs and i don’t know why anyone would complain about that. And for those saying they don’t like the ballads, I’m quite sure out of 21 songs there will be something honky tonk vibe on there.
April 2, 2021 @ 8:02 am
Love these quotes from Alan about the project.
In a statement, Jackson says the album is undeniably country music. “Real country songs are life and love and heartache, drinking and Mama and having a good time…but it’s the sounds of the instruments, too. The steel and acoustic guitar, the fiddle – those things have a sound and a tone…and getting that right, the way those things make you feel, that’s country, too.”
“It’s a little harder country than even I’ve done in the past,” Jackson said in a statement. “And it’s funny, I was driving and listening to the final mixes Keith sent me, and I started to tear up. I was surprised to get so overly emotional, but I just love this kind of music.”
April 2, 2021 @ 8:45 am
Make Country Music Great Again! Thank you, AJ!
April 2, 2021 @ 9:39 am
Ohhhh Hell Yea!
April 2, 2021 @ 9:44 am
Saw this on Farce the Music’s FB page this morning. I really like the songs I’ve heard so far. “Where Have You Gone” absolutely did not go in the direction I thought it would go. I thought it was a pretty neat take, honestly.
April 2, 2021 @ 9:55 am
This is so long overdue! The song that were released are okay, but I will take it. So glad to have something new. I can tell you where country has gone. It is being carried on by Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, and Tyler Childers. You won’t find it on the radio….
April 2, 2021 @ 11:25 am
I hope they have Alan on the Opry show soon. Hearing “Where Have You Gone” performed on that stage would be surreal in a way. Better yet, put him on the ACM’s in a few weeks singing that and make it worth watching for 3-4 minutes.
April 2, 2021 @ 11:58 am
Hooray. Best news yet for country music 2021
April 2, 2021 @ 12:30 pm
i’m a longtime AJ fan and I thought it was criminal that ” So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” was so ignored . I hear nothing in the above tracks that rivals that song .i hope the rest of the new release is far bettter .
April 5, 2021 @ 10:46 am
I totally agree, so you don’t have to love me anymore, was great. I got chills listening to this. AJs voice has mellowed, Buthelezi still has his beautiful baritone. I am so stoked. New AJ music..
April 2, 2021 @ 2:06 pm
New music from Alan and both Ken Mellons and Wesley Dennis have also released new music the past 2 weeks. Not a bad couple weeks.
April 2, 2021 @ 2:19 pm
I can’t wait to get this new Release from Alan Jackson. I’ve been a long time fan of A Jackson for over 20+ yrs. Songs that reflect times & events we face. Thank you so much. Love Alan Jackson s music.
April 2, 2021 @ 3:07 pm
What a lovely voice. And I love your music.
April 3, 2021 @ 10:16 am
great news and if the 3 songs released are an indication, it looks like it will be a good album. Can’t wait.
April 3, 2021 @ 3:04 pm
21 new Alan Jackson songs! Can’t beat it.
April 4, 2021 @ 7:59 am
Love it, Alan is the best.
Take a look at the next ten cars that pass you on the road, bet ya they are either White, Black, or some sort of Gray/beige, kinda like a lot of people’s music tastes today, bland or whatever they are fed.
I think most people on this site seek out the real stuff and help promote it like our man Trigger!
Happy Easter everyone
April 4, 2021 @ 1:49 pm
The thing is I have tried to listen to so e of these artist people talk about as being real country and the music may reflect that but either their voice or their style just doesn’t grab me. Jackson had me from the beginning in all areas. This is going to be a great album. Can’t wait.
April 4, 2021 @ 1:56 pm
Some of my comments aren’t going through for some reason I love all 3 of the new songs, down on my whiskey is favorite but it’s close. I expect a few upbeat songs on the album, he always has some.
April 4, 2021 @ 1:52 pm
I think the 3 songs are great. Way down in my whiskey may be my favorite but it’s close and I like em all. I expect some upbeat numbers on it, he always has some.
April 6, 2021 @ 6:13 pm
Oh my! Soooo good and country,thanks alan you and george carry the torch