ALAN JACKSON – ANGELS AND ALCOHOL

For more than 25 years Alan Jackson’s music has provided a soundtrack for American life. Whether someone is plowing a Kansas field or toiling away in a factory in an urban metropolis, Jackson’s songs have chronicled the hopes, dreams and values of everyday people. Hits like “Remember When,” “Drive” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” have become an enduring part of America’s musical landscape, but Jackson’s restless creative spirit won’t let him sit on his considerable laurels.

With Angels and Alcohol, Jackson’s first studio album of new music in three years, he continues to deliver the kind of insightful and thoroughly engaging songs that have long been the foundation of his successful career. From the pensive title track to the up-tempo first single, “Jim and Jack and Hank,” Jackson takes the listener on an emotional journey. “I’ve always got my eyes and ears open for ideas, melodies and things,” Jackson says. “I keep a running list of good hooks and titles, and if I have a melody that I come up with now, I just put it on my phone so I won’t forget. If I get inspired by something, I’ll sit down and write a whole song right away, but most of the time I just collect ideas and hooks and melodies and eventually I’ll get around to writing it.”

Jackson’s observational skills have served him well throughout his 25-year career. The Newnan, Georgia native has sold nearly 60 million albums and released more than 60 singles with 50 landing in the top ten and 35 soaring all the way to No. 1. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, Jackson has won more than 150 industry awards, including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, two Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. He also received the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014 having earned the title of most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

Among all the accolades he’s earned, Jackson admits that being recognized for his songwriting means the most to him. “If I had to pick something, I’d rather them remember me for songwriting,” he says of his legacy. “I’ve always been proud of that and I feel that’s the most important part of the business. I’d like to think that my songwriting made a difference. I’ve had so many people tell me that my songs are the reason they moved to Nashville. I’ve heard that so many times and it makes me feel good that I’ve inspired somebody.”

Angels and Alcohol comes 25 years after the release of Jackson’s landmark debut album Here in the Real World. Since then he’s released 22 albums, including two Christmas collections, two gospel albums, three Greatest Hits packages and his highly acclaimed The Bluegrass Album, which included eight original songs. His commitment to the craft of songwriting continues as Jackson penned seven of the 10 songs on Angels and Alcohol. The lead single, “Jim and Jack and Hank” is an up-tempo break-up song with a clever lyric and infectious melody. “The 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. My mama won’t like this song I know,” Jackson admits with a grin, “but it’s a fun way of looking at that guy losing his girl and acting like he didn’t care.”

A track sure to win Mama Jackson’s approval is the opening cut “You Can Always Come Home,” penned for his three daughters. “Ali, my middle daughter, moved out to California last fall and that’s when I wrote it. It reminded me of when I moved to Nashville and didn’t know anybody. I’d call my folks at home. My mama and daddy were supportive even though they were worried about me coming up here. My daddy said, ‘You can always come home. If it doesn’t work out, you can always come home.’ I’ve always remembered that so it reminded me of Ali and that’s where that one came from.”

“You Never Know” is a buoyant country number that serves as a reminder of life’s unexpected gifts. Jackson admits the first verse draws on his memory of meeting Denise and falling in love. “That verse about the stringy blonde hair and 20-inch waist, I was thinking about her when I first met her,” he says. “‘You Never Know’ is kind of a rockabilly thing. I always liked that early George Jones rockabilly, those Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis kind of melodies. That’s what this one reminded me of. It’s a fun song about how you never know when love is going to grab a hold of you.”

“Angels and Alcohol” is a cautionary tale about the dangers of addiction and the impact it can have on relationships. “I’ve had that hook laying around for a while,” he shares. “I don’t know where I got ‘Angels and Alcohol.’ At first, I thought it sounded like an album title more than anything and I just had it laying there. One day, I sat down and tried to write it and it just came out. It’s about alcohol abuse and how it effects your whole life and relationships and dealing with your own problems. It’s just hard to do anything when that has an affect on you.”

Angels and Alcohol was produced by Keith Stegall, who has helmed every one of Jackson’s albums with the exception of 2006’s Like Red on a Rose, which was produced by Alison Krauss. Together they have crafted a stunning collection teaming with stone country toe-tappers and heart-tugging ballads. Adam and Shannon Wright contribute “The One You’re Waiting On,” a barroom treatise on a woman looking for love. Troy Jones and Greg Becker penned “When God Paints,” a beautiful ballad that gets a tender reading from Jackson’s rich, evocative voice. “Flaws” is a lively number about imperfections. “That song is a kind of a silly little swing thing,” Jackson shares. “It’s fun.”

In a day and age when country music has become an interesting cornucopia of styles and influences, Jackson’s brilliance lies in his consistency. Fans have always counted on him to deliver the kind of meat and potatoes country music that has enriched their lives and soothed their hard-working souls. “[During] the whole 25 years, it was about keeping it country and I’ve tried to do that,” Jackson says. “I just wanted to make this album and for people to say, ‘That’s what he’s done. He’s kept it country.’ You could probably play this next to my first album and there wouldn’t be a lot of difference in song content or production. My voice was a lot higher back then. My voice has gotten deeper with age, but other than that there probably isn’t much difference, and I’m proud of that.”

Over the course of 25 years, Alan Jackson has kept it country and along the way he’s earned the respect of his peers across all genres. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that have hit No. 1. The soft-spoken Georgian is also one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking among Eminem and Metallica.

“My wife, Denise, and I still sit down and look back and think: ‘What in the world? How did all this happen?” Jackson says humbly marveling at his success. “From where we came from to come up here and have all this happen, she thinks this is divinely orchestrated. I’ve seen people have one or two hits and disappear, and if they are lucky, their career would last five years and that’s what I was expecting. Now we are here 25 years later and I’m still able to go out and play if I want to and sell a few records. It’s amazing.”

Amazing! Yes. And well earned through a lot of long miles on the road and many quiet nights alone with a pen and a guitar. Alan Jackson personifies the working man’s musician, a hard-working troubadour from humble roots who has risen to the top of his field. Though he might describe himself as “a singer of simple songs,” Alan Jackson is so much more. He’s a gentle, intelligent soul who documents the world around him and shares those observations through country music. The first 25 years have indeed been amazing, and if Angels and Alcohol is any indication, there’s so much more to come.
 

1986

Signs as a songwriter with Glen Campbell’s publishing company

1989

Signs as Arista/Nashville’s first country artist

1990

Here In The Real World issued as debut album

  • ACM Top New Male Vocalist award
  • TNN/Music City News Song of the Year “Here In The Real World”
1991

Becomes member of Grand Ole Opry (inducted by Roy Acuff and Randy Travis)

  • Don’t Rock The Jukebox issued as second album
  • ACM Single & Album of the Year “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”
  • NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year
  • TNN/Music City News Star of Tomorrow
  • TNN/Music City News Album of the Year – Here In The Real World
1992

CMA Video of the Year – “Midnight In Montgomery”

  • ASCAP Country Song of the Year – “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”
  • TNN/Music City News Male Artist of the Year
  • TNN/Music City News Album & Single – “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”
  • A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love) issued as third album
1993

ACM Single of the Year – “Chattahoochee”

  • ACM Album of the Year – A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love)
  • CMA Single & Video of the Year – “Chattahoochee”
  • CMA Vocal Event of the Year – “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”
  • ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year
  • TNN/Music City News Entertainer & Male Artist of the Year
  • TNN/Music City News Video of the Year – “Midnight In Montgomery”
  • Honky Tonk Christmas issued as holiday album
1994

ACM Male Vocalist of the Year

  • CMA Song of the Year – “Chattahoochee”
  • CMA Album of the Year – Common Thread: Songs Of The Eagles
  • ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year
  • ASCAP Country Song of the Year – “Chattahoochee”
  • TNN/Music City News Entertainer & Male Artist of the Year
  • TNN/Music City News Single & Video of the Year – “Chattahoochee”
  • TNN/Music City News Album of the Year – Alot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love)
  • Who I Am issued as fifth album
1995

CMA Entertainer of the Year

  • The Greatest Hits Collection issued as sixth album
  • ACM Male Vocalist of the Year
  • TNN/Music City News Entertainer & Male Artist of the Year
  • TNN/Music City News Single of the Year – “Livin’ On Love”
  • TNN/Music City News Album of the Year – Who I Am
  • TNN/Music City News Vocal Event – “A Good Year For The Roses”
1996

Everything I Love issued as seventh album

  • TNN/Music City News Entertainer & Male Artist of the Year
1997

Becomes national spokesman for Ford Trucks

  • TNN/Music City News Entertainer & Male Artist of the Year
1998

 

High

  • HereMileage issued as eighth album
  • ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year

 

1999

Under The Influence issued as ninth album

2000

CMA Vocal Event of the Year – "Murder on Music Row" with George Strait

  • When Somebody Loves You issued as tenth album
  • Nashville Music Awards Male Vocalist Of The Year
  • USA Today Top 10 Country Album – When Somebody Loves You
  • Chicago Tribune Top 10 Country Album – When Somebody Loves You
  • Country Music Magazine Top 10 Single of the Year – “Murder On Music Row” with George Strait “It Must Be Love”
  • Country Music Magazine Male Vocalist Of The Year
  • Country Weekly Magazine Top 10 Country Album – Under The Influence
2001

TNN/CMT/Country Weekly Awards Song of the Year–“Murder On Music Row ” with George Strait

  • TNN/CMT/Country Weekly Awards Single of the Year–“Murder On Music Row” with George Strait
  • TNN/CMT/Country Weekly Awards Collaborative Event of the Year–“Murder On Music Row” with George Strait
  • TNN/CMT/Country Weekly Awards Video of the Year – “www.memory”
  • TNN/CMT/Country Weekly Awards Album of the Year – “When Somebody Loves You”
  • TNN/CMT/Country Weekly Awards Male Artist of the Year
  • Billboard Magazine #1 Hot Country Songwriter
  • Billboard Magazine and Country Airplay Monitor #7 Most Played Artist Of The Year – All Formats
2002

Drive issued as eleventh album - debuted at #1 on SoundScan’s Top Current Albums Chart (4 weeks) and Top Current Country Albums Chart (5 weeks)

  • ACM Song of the Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • ACM Single of the Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • ACM Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Music Row Awards Song of The Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • Let It Be Christmas issued as twelfth album and second Holiday album
  • CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • CMA Song of the Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • CMA Album of the Year – Drive
  • CMA Single of the Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • CCMA (Christian Country Music Association) Song of the Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
  • CCMA Video of the Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • ASCAP Golden Note Award ASCAP Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year
  • NSAI Songwriter’s Achievement Award – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year
2003

Grammy Award for Best Country Song of the Year – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”

  • R&R Reader's Poll (February 21, 2003) – Male Vocalist
  • ACM Album of the Year – Drive
  • ACM Video of the Year – “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
  • Country Weekly Fan Favorite Entertainer
  • Country Weekly Fan Favorite Collaborative Song – “Designated Drinker” with George Strait
  • Country Weekly Fan Favorite Song – “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)”
  • Country Weekly Fan Favorite Album – Drive
  • Billboard Magazine Country Airplay Monitor (July 25, 2003) #1 Core Artist in Country Music
  • Greatest Hits Volume II And Some Other Stuff issued as thirteenth album
  • CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • CMA Vocal Event of the Year – “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – with Jimmy Buffett
  • ASCAP Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year

 

 

2004

ACM Single Record of the Year – “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” - with Jimmy Buffett

  • ACM Vocal Event of the Year – “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – with Jimmy Buffett
  • What I Do issued as fourteenth album release

 

2005

Jackson became the first country artist ever to earn RIAA Gold certification for two Digital Singles (signifying 100,000 purchased downloads) with the success of "It's Five O’Clock Somewhere" and "Remember When."

  • In response to Hurricane Katrina, Jackson participated in multiple benefit concerts, including the televised Country Reaches Out: An Opry Benefit for the American Red Cross, and the mammoth, multi-genre ReAct Now: Music & Relief MTV concert event.
  • To further hurricane relief, Jackson teamed with the American Red Cross for a national PSA, in addition to becoming the face and voice of the regional "Thanks, Nashville" campaign.
2006

Precious Memories issued as fifteenth album release, first gospel album to debut at #1 on Soundscan's Top Country Album

  • Precious Memories – Live at the Ryman released on DVD
  • The release of Precious Memories was accompanied by a corresponding concert special which aired on GAC and was taped live at the Ryman Auditorium.
  • In June, the DVD, Precious Memories – Live at the Ryman, was released. Precious Memories was certified Gold and Platinum in August and became the only Platinum-certified country gospel disc by a solo artist in SoundScan history. Precious Memories became the only gospel recording in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and Jackson became the first country artist ever to debut an album of all -spiritual material at #1 on the Top Christian Albums and Top Christian & Gospel Albums charts, and the first artist ever to top all three charts at once.
  • In September, Like Red on a Rose became Jackson’s sixteenth album release and first produced by Alison Krauss.
2007

 

Like Red on a Rose certified Gold.

  • In April, Precious Memories was named Country Album of the Year at the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards.
  • From May through October, Jackson embarked on a 30-date co-headlining tour with Brooks & Dunn.
    "A Woman's Love," from Like Red on a Rose, became Jackson's 45th Top 5 single.
    Jackson shared honors as the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 2007 Songwriter/Artist of the Year.
  • Jackson recorded the songs "It's All About Him" and "That's the Way" exclusively for wife Denise's best-selling memoir, It's All About Him.
  • The most-nominated artist in CMA history, Jackson earned his 75th career CMA Award nomination for Hey, Good Lookin'," a Vocal Event collaboration with George Strait and Jimmy Buffett. The song was from the Jackson/Strait/Buffett concert album, Live at Texas Stadium, released earlier in the year.
  • In November, Precious Memories was named Inspirational Country Album of the Year at the 13th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show.
2008

Released March 4, Good Time became Jackson's 17th album, containing 17 songs, and marking the first time in his career Jackson had been the sole writer on his entire album. Good Time became the fourth release of Alan's career to simultaneously debut at #1 on Billboard's pop and country album sales charts.

  • The album's first single, "Small Town Southern Man," logged multiple weeks atop the country airplay charts and became Jackson's 32nd #1 single.
  • In August, Jackson was honored at a celebration commemorating 50 million albums sold.
    "Good Time" became the second single - and second #1 - from the Good Time album.
    Earning four nominations for the 42nd Annual CMA Awards, Jackson extended his lead as the all-time most nominated artist in CMA history, with 79 career nominations.
  • In October, he was named ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year, recognizing the success of "A Woman's Love" and "Small Town Southern Man."
  • Jackson was celebrated by a host of country's finest artists as his music and career became the focus of an edition of CMT Giants.
2009

Jackson topped the charts with “Country Boy,” the third #1 single in a row from his smash Good Time album.In June, Jackson celebrated his 20-year career anniversary with a free concert for fans in downtown Nashville.

  • In June, Jackson embarked on his first-ever Scandinavian tour, performing in Norway, Sweden & Denmark.
  • In July, CMT premieres the Jackson concert special, Aquapalooza on Lake Martin.
2010

In January, Jackson gives fans a glimpse into his next albumFreight Train with the release of “It’s Just That Way,” the first single from the March 30 album.

  • In February, Mattie Jackson, Jackson’s eldest daughter, writes the treatment for “It’s Just That Way” video, directed by Roman White.
  • Good Time is Certified Platinum by the RIAA and becomes Jackson’s 15th career platinum award.
  • On April 16, Jackson was immortalized in entertainment history when he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Alan recorded “As She’s Walking Away” with the Zac Brown Band – the song went on to top the country charts in November, and Alan and the group performed it on the CMA Awards.
  • On November 23, 34 Number Ones – a collection containing all of Alan’s chart-topping hits, as well as “As She’s Walking Away” and two more songs – was released.
2011

Alan wins a Grammy Award for “As She’s Walking Away” with the Zac Brown Band.

  • In March, Alan embarks on his first-ever tour of Australia, which sold out in just hours when tickets were placed on sale a few months earlier.
  • Alan opens a new career chapter by entering into a joint venture to record and release new music with Capitol/EMI Records Nashville.
  • Alan wins his 17th ACM Award – Vocal Event of the Year with the Zac Brown Band for “As She’s Walking Away.”
  • Alan releases “Long Way to Go,” the first single from a new album due in the fall of 2012!
  • Alan earns his 80th CMA Award nomination (with the Zac Brown Band for “As She’s Walking Away”).
  • Alan performs “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” in front of a crowd that includes President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives at a 10th anniversary remembrance event in at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
  • Alan is inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Alan receives a star on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
2012

Receives ACM’s Jim Reeves International Award, presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world

  • Thirty Miles West issued as twentieth album release, debuting #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart
  • Performs “Better Class Of Losers/She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues) medley with Randy Travis for Anniversary Celebration album
  • Breaks all-time attendance record for San Antonio Rodeo, drawing nearly 17,000 fans, most it its 62 year history
  • Draws 6,000 fans for Music for Mineral, a benefit concert raising over $150,000 for the city of Mineral, VA, small town at the epicenter of a rare east coast earthquake.
  • Honored with corn maze in form of his likeness at Gull Meadow Farms in Richland, MI, allowing fans to walk through the his mustache
  • Surprises fans at the Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival joining the band for “As She’s Walking Away” and “Dixie Highway”
  • ACM – Jim Reeves International Award
2013

The Bluegrass Album issued as 22nd album release, enlists the bluegrass industry top musicians, Scott Coney (acoustic guitar), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Tim Crouch (fiddle), Tim Dishman (bass), Rob Ickes (dobro) and Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby (vocals)

  • Precious Memories Volume II issued as twenty-first album release
  • Records “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” with John Fogerty for his duets album Wrote A Song For Everyone
  • Headlines fifth annual Stars Go Blue concert benefitting the Colon Cancer Alliance at historic Ryman Auditorium.
  • Daughter, Ali Jackson stars in video for “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”, with a sweet young love storyline filmed east of Nashville and in the hills of North Carolina.
  • Embarks on his second Australia tour
  • Brings Bluegrass to NYC, performing at the world renowned Carnegie Hall
2014

Awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Heritage Award, being most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years

  • Celebrates 35th wedding anniversary with Denise
  • Let It Be Christmas re-released in digital format, for the first time
  • Records the theme song for Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West movie
  • Announces 25th Anniversary celebration including a 25-city tour in 2015 and Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit
  • Performs impromptu late night free show during CMA Music Fest in Nashville’s famed honky-tonk, The Stage to celebrate 25th anniversary kick-off
  • Joins George Strait for his final concert at AT&T Stadium, attracting over 104,000 fans
  • Becomes the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Performs “Let It Be Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland” on third annual CMA Country Christmas
  • Billboard Music Awards Top Christian Album – Precious Memories Vol. 2
  • CMT Music Awards – Impact Award
  • ICM Awards - Mainstream Country Male Artist
2015

Angels and Alcohol issued as twenty-third release, spending two weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart

  • Embarks on a 25-city 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour sponsored Kubota with Brandy Clark and Jon Pardi, selling out shows across the U.S.
  • Performs on the ACM Superstar Duets show in Dallas with Cole Swindell, singing Chattahoochee
  • Due to popular demand, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum extends 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country through June
  • In support of Angels and Alcohol, makes appearances on CBS Sunday Morning, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show Summer Concert Series

 

Arista Nashville Albums:

  • Here In The Real World — 2x Platinum
  • Don’t Rock The Jukebox — 4x Platinum
  • A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love) — 6x Platinum
  • Honky Tonk Christmas — Platinum
  • Who I Am — 4x Platinum
  • The Greatest Hits Collection — 6x Platinum
  • Everything I Love — 3x Platinum
  • High Mileage — Platinum
  • Under The Influence — Platinum
  • When Somebody Loves You — Platinum
  • Drive — 4x Platinum
  • Let It Be Christmas — Gold
  • Greatest Hits Volume II — 6x Platinum
  • What I Do — Platinum
    Precious Memories — Platinum
  • Like Red On A Rose — Gold
  • Good Time — Platinum

     

#1's: (35)

Top 5's: (14)

  • More than 60 Career Singles
  • #1's written or co-written by Alan (2 of which were recorded by other artists): 26
  • Total Sales: nearly 60 million (including international)
  • One of the most-nominated artists in CMA Awards history

     

Awards

  • 17 CMA Awards
  • 16 ACM Awards
  • 2 Grammy Awards
  • 7 ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year Awards
  • 2 ASCAP Song of the Year Awards
  • 46 ASCAP Country Song Awards
  • 1 ASCAP Golden Note Award
  • 2 American Music Awards
  • 2 Billboard Awards
  • 6 Music City News Songwriters Awards
  • 1 Nashville Music Award
  • 4 NSAI Awards
  • 5 R&R Reader's Poll Awards
  • 2 SRO Awards
  • 29 TNN/CMT/Country Weekly Awards
  • 1 Blockbuster Entertainment Award
  • 2 CCMA (Christian Country Music Association) Award
  • 1 ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Award
  • 1 CMT Flameworthy Music Video Award
  • 4 Country Weekly Fan Favorite Awards
  • 1 Gospel Music Association Dove Award