Alan Jackson is still in the middle of his Keepin’ It Country Tour, a 25-year anniversary trek that kicked off in early January, but he’s already looking ahead to a new project: his 20th studio record.
Angels and Alcohol, his first album of new material since 2012’s Thirty Miles West, will be released on July 17th. Jackson wrote the bulk of the album’s tracks himself, turning to outside songwriters like Michael White (who penned Blake Shelton’s second Number One hit, “The Baby”) and Troy Jones (Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” and “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer”) for just three of the album’s ten tracks. Keith Stegall, his longtime producer, reprised his role behind the soundboard.
For a quarter century, Jackson has sung a lot about living, a little about love and a bit about Jesus, bouncing his way between country, bluegrass, gospel and all the rootsy points in between. Although no tracks from Angels and Alcohol have been released, the album — which arrives on the heels of the Christian-themed Precious Memories Volume II and the self-explanatory Bluegrass Album — is presumably a return to his country roots.
Those roots will be on full display during the remaining dates on Jackson’s Keepin’ It Country Tour, whose openers include everyone from Brandy Clark to Jeff Foxworthy.
Angels and Alcohol Track Listing:
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”