Living legend Alan Jackson is back with his first record since 2013's Bluegrass Album. With Angels & Alcohol, the singer returns to his more traditional '90s country roots (following his last country-focused set, 2012's Thirty Miles West). Buoyed by the honky-tonk lead "Jim and Jack and Hank," the meager 10 tracks kick up the dust of authentic stories about real people ("The One You're Waiting On")—living a normal working-man lifestyle, dreaming big dreams ("You Can Always Come Home") and believing in their undying faith ("When God Paints"). To celebrate the release, Jackson hit up "The Today Show," as part of their summer concert series, to bring "You Never Know" to the gathering crowd. He also performed many of his signature classics, including "Chattahoochee," "Livin' on Love" and "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere."
Check out his performance right here.
Coming 25 years after his Here in the Real World debut full player, Angels & Alcohol (his 22nd studio set and produced by long-time collaborator Keith Stegall) has been surrounded by quite the media blitz this week. Jackson made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (July 8) and is expected to perform on CBS Sunday Morning on July 12.
On "Jim and Jack and Hank," he previously shared: “It’s a fun little up-tempo tune about the same ole story. Girl leaves guy and this time he’s not going to be heartbroken. He says, ‘Just go out the door and take all your junk and everything. I don’t need anything. I got all I need. I got my friends – Jim, Jack and Hank – Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Hank Williams, Sr. or Jr. or both.” And his favorite "friend" is (not-so-suprisingly) Jack. He explains, “I’ve had them all, but I’ve always kind of stood by Jack Daniels. He’s helped me through a lot of good and bad times. Helped me write a lot of songs. So he’s a good friend."
Needless to say, Jackson (who has sold 80 million records worldwide) will be performing at numerous fairs and festivals throughout this summer. Fans can find out additional info and grab tickets right here.
Make sure you grab a copy of Alan Jackson's brand new album Angels & Alcohol on iTunes now!