Alan Jackson Says New Single Had Hair-Raising Effect
By: Gayle Thompson
Posted Mar 20th 2012
Alan Jackson is
getting ready to release a new album, which will be the first project on
his own label, Alan's Country Records (a joint venture with EMI). His
debut single from the disc, 'So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore,' is
already steadily climbing the charts. The new tune has a close family
connection, but the Grand Ole Opry member says that has nothing to do
with why he chose the single. Back
"My nephew's a writer on it, but that didn't have any influence on me,"
Alan tells The Boot. "I try not to look at who writes anything. I try to
just pick the songs."
The Georgia native says he knew as soon as he heard the song that he had
discovered something special. "Well, at first it raised the hair on my
arms, when I heard the demo," he recalls. "It was a really good version,
too. It was one of those songs that, when I heard it, it's the kind of
song that made me want to be in country music. I'm such a big fan of
that kind of song. Sad songs, or break-up songs, and heartache songs are
always the best ones to bring that emotion out and are actually the
easiest to write as a writer.
Alan hints that 'So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore' could even be
another career song for him. "I just think it's one of the better songs
to come out of Nashville in a long time," he notes. "People are
comparing it to a new 'He Stopped Loving Her Today.' I wouldn't want to
put myself in that category with George [Jones], but it is a great song."
The singer-songwriter has penned many of his chart-topping hits,
including 'Don't Rock the Jukebox,' 'Chattahoochee,' 'Remember When,'
and the award-winning 'Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),'
but he maintains he is just as happy to record other people's songs.
"I don't write all my stuff," he acknowledges. "Everybody always thinks
that. But in just about every album I've ever had has been about 50-50
songs I've written or co-written and other people's songs. 'Good Time'
is the only album I wrote every thing on there. We're always looking for
With the upcoming album in its final stages, the multi-platinum-selling
singer says the CD will include some of the music his fans have come to
expect from him, as well as a few surprises. "There are some cool things
on there," he reveals. "It's kind of like most of my albums. It's a
mixture ... uptempo and fun and serious and heartache songs."
The album, which Alan teases includes a "really fun, uptempo" song with Zac Brown,
also features a tune providing an intimate glimpse into one of his more
deeply personal struggles. "There's a song I wrote that's kind of hard
to sing or listen to, because I wrote it when [my wife] Denise first
found out she had cancer a year or so ago, and it just knocked me down,"
he admits. "It was really tough, and this song came out of it. I don't
imagine it's a commercial release or anything, but there's a lot of
emotion in that song."
Alan will hit the road in April for a series of shows, which includes
stops in Colorado, Pennsylvania and California. See his complete tour