Alan Jackson debuted the title track of his upcoming album, Angels and Alcohol, on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. The affecting country weeper about the perils of hard drinking and the undeniable toll it takes on “a good woman’s love” is further proof that Jackson is the living embodiment of traditional honky-tonk pathos.
Introduced by Fallon, who enthusiastically noted the country superstar’s 60 million in album sales, the rarely demonstrative Jackson acknowledged the talk-show host, pointing an outstretched index finger toward the host’s desk and greeting him with a charming “Thank you, Jimmy” before launching into the performance.
“Angels and Alcohol” is among seven cuts from the 10-track LP penned by Jackson, which also includes the album’s shuffle-tempoed first single, “Jim and Jack and Hank” (as in Beam, Daniel’s and Williams Jr. and Sr.), a guitar-heavy tune that name-checks just about every iconic country act — and potent potable — under the sun.
Angels and Alcohol is Jackson’s first country LP since 2012’s Thirty Miles West, which debuted at Number One. Since that time, he has released the gospel collection Precious Memories II and The Bluegrass Album.
Next up for Jackson is NBC’s Today Show Summer Concert Series, coinciding with Friday’s album release. His Keepin’ It Country Tour resumes July 28th in Paso Robles, California.
Last month, the Georgia-born Jackson was among the acts giving his Alabama neighbors a hand by performing at Rock the South. The two-day event, which took place at a Cullman city park raised fund for local charities to benefit the victims of the 2011 tornado outbreak that ripped through Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and several surrounding areas.