Alan Jackson, Freight Train (Arista Nashville)
Release Date: March 30, 2010 / Billboard.com
With 16 Country Music Assn. Awards, including three entertainer of the year titles, under his belt, Alan Jackson is still going strong, two decades into his career. For his follow-up to 2008's "Good Time," he's again working with longtime producer Keith Stegall. Jackson penned all 17 songs on his previous album, and for the upcoming set he's written seven of the 12-including "After 17," about his oldest daughter, Mattie-and co-written one more. "Tail Lights Blue" is a love-lost tune written by Jackson's nephew, Adam Wright of the Wrights, and Jay Knowles. Jackson also serves up a spirited rendition of Canadian singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith's "Freight Train." The first single, "It's Just That Way," was released in December.