Alan Jackson is one of the most popular country singers of all-time, blending both honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. In his career, he has recorded twelve studio albums and several compilations, all on the Arista Nashville label. More than fifty of his singles have reached Top 30 on the Billboard country charts, including twenty-five Number Ones. He is the recipient and nominee of multiple awards. Jackson is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
About Alan Jackson
In early 2006, Jackson released his first gospel music album entitled Precious Memories. He put together the album by the request of his mother, who enjoys religious music. Jackson considered this album a “side project” and nothing too official, but it was treated as such. The album received little to no airplay from radio stations, and proved to be not as successful as his previous work.
Only mere months after the release of Precious Memories in 2006, Jackson released his next country album Like Red on a Rose.
Unlike his previous albums, Like Red on a Rose had a different producer and sound. Alan’s main producer for his music, Keith Stegall, was notably absent from this album. Instead, Alison Krauss was hired to produce the album. She also chose the songs.
Despite being labeled as “country music” or “bluegrass”, Like Red on a Rose had a mainstream sound to it, upsetting some fans, even making some of them believe that Jackson was abandoning his traditional past and aiming toward a more mainstream pop sound.
However, for his next album, he went back to his country roots. Jackson’s newest studio album, Good Time, was released on March 4, 2008. The album’s first single, “Small Town Southern Man,” was released to radio on November 19.
“Country Boy”, “Sissy’s Song” and the final single from the album, “I Still Like Bologna”, were also released as singles.
“Sissy’s Song” is dedicated to a longtime friend of the Jackson family (Leslie “Sissy” Fitzgerald) who worked in their house everyday. Fitzgerald was killed in a motorcycle accident in mid-2007.
Alan is working a new studio album, the follow-up to “Good Time”, which is expected for a March 2010 release. The first single is titled “It’s Just That Way” debuted at #50 in December 2009.