Alan Jackson Roars On With 'Freight Train'
In writing and recording his new album, 'Freight Train,' country superstar Alan Jackson didn't have far to look find inspiration for songs ... or for assistance in creating a unique video for the first single 'It's Just That Way.' His eldest daughter, Mattie, made Dad proud by beating out the competition from music industry professionals and having her treatment selected for the video.
Family life has always been a source of inspiration for the lanky Georgia native. During the past two decades, Alan's wife, Denise, their three daughters, his parents and friends have provided inspiration for such hits as 'Remember When,' 'Drive (for Daddy Gene),' 'Small Town Southern Man' and 'Sissy's Song.'
Real life has always provided grist for his creative mill, so it's no surprise that daughters, his 30-year marriage and his favorite recreational places surface in the songs on the new record. "'After 17' is a song I wrote when my first daughter went to college, so that's kind of where I'm at in that part of my life," Alan tells The Boot. "If you listen to that song and knew anything about me, you'd say, 'Oh yeah, he wrote that about his daughter,' but I try not to write them that they are so specific that they wouldn't apply to anybody that has a child...