Angels & AlcoholArtist: Alan Jackson
1. You Can Always Come Home
2. You Never Know
3. Angels and Alcohol
4. Gone Before You Met Me
5. The One You re Waiting On
6. Jim and Jack and Hank
7. I Leave A Light On
9. When God Paints
10. Mexico, Tequila and Me
By Andrew Lee for Easy Street Records
Alan Jackson is a name I’ve heard a lot over the years, but somehow I'd never knowingly listened to one of his songs until I pressed play on Angels And Alcohol, and it didn’t take long to know this guy is a master at what he does. Listen to just the first minute and thirteen seconds of opening track “You Can Always Come Home” and see if you know what I mean. It’s a pure genre song to be sure, but it’s done so well it transcends the genre and goes down as not just a great country song, but a great song, period. I’ve always been sort of a sucker for a slow, stripped down intro that suddenly morphs into a full-voiced, uptempo, emotional pick-me-up. No matter how bad it gets “you can always come home” - I mean, what warm-blooded human being doesn’t want to hear that, right, especially when it’s delivered in the warm and seasoned country superstar singing voice of someone like Alan Jackson?
Unfortunately there isn’t another song like this one on the album, but fortunately it seems Alan Jackson didn’t get to where he is for nothing, as the man knows how to fill his listeners' cups all the way up.
“You Never Know” is the kind of country rocker where everyone and their brother gets a solo (including the piano player, my favorite), and suddenly the warm father figure from the first song is singing about a “curvy little bottom like a roller coaster ride.” “Angels and Alcohol” features some appropriately woozy pedal steel work while addressing one of country music’s favorite subjects - drinkin’ - and it's notable for the double meaning of the word "angels" as well as the narrator’s apparent lack of apology or regret.
And perhaps it’s a certain lack of apology or regret through the entire album that effectively conveys Jackson’s veteran country confidence and makes this music worth listening to. Sure, some of it gets a little corny at times (“Flaws,” “When God Paints”) but when you’re as justifiably confident as Alan Jackson even corny can seem kind of cool.
Jackson brings his highly successful 25th Anniversary KEEPIN IT COUNTRY TOUR back to his hometown of Nashville, TN on Saturday, April 11 to a sold out crowd for the exclusive Tennessee performance.
Jackson s tour and the release of Angels and Alchohol is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration which kicked off last summer with the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin It Country, which has been extended by popular demand through June 21, 2015. The multi-platinum selling Grammy winner played two record-breaking sold out shows last October at the Country Music Hall of Fame s CMA Theater making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.
Alan Jackson s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN IT COUNTRY TOUR, sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, continues to be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today like the tour s special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. Fans are hearing the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous from his massive debut hit, Here In The Real World to Chattahoochee, Drive, Gone Country, the summertime party-anthems It s Five O Clock Somewhere and Good Time, and many, many more.
About Alan Jackson
The man from rural Newnan, GA, who claims he is just a singer of simple songs, has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP s Founders and Golden Note Awards. Jackson 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. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
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