Alan Jackson To Release New Album ‘Thirty Miles West’ This Summer
Country superstar, Alan Jackson, is set to release his 17th studio album this June titled Thirty Miles West.
Thirty Miles West is shaping up to be a personal album for the living legend. The first single from the album, “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore,” was even co-written by his nephew, Adam Wright. The title of the album is a reference back to his childhood.
According to his official website, when asked about the unique album title Jackson responds, “There’s this highway that’s been in existence for forever now – it’s called the Dixie Highway and it runs from north of Michigan all the way down to South Florida, and I wrote a song about it that’s on the album. I grew up on Highway 34 outside of Newnan, Georgia, and that’s where we came up with Thirty Miles West. I think we were about thirty miles west of the official part of the Dixie Highway that runs through Georgia.”
Alan mentions this new album will host a mixture of songs. “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.”
Here’s Jackson’s music video for the first single off the upcoming album. “So You Don’t Love Me Anymore.”
After winning a Grammy in 2011 for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “As She’s Walking Away” with Zac Brown, it’s sure to be a treat that this album will be featuring another “really fun, uptempo” song with Zac. The album will also reveal a more intimate, personal side of Alan in a song he wrote for his wife when they first found out she had cancer. “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.” (Source: alanjackson.com)
This will be his first record on for his own label, Alan’s Country Records, a joint venture with EMI Records. Thirty Miles West will hit shelves on June 5th.
-Amber Morgan / CBS Local