Twenty-two years ago today, Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” climbed its way to the top of the country charts, kickstarting its reign as one of the Nineties’ biggest summertime anthems. Jackson revisited that song this morning, when he made an early-bird appearance on the Today Show to celebrate the release of his newest album, Angels and Alcohol.
“Y’all, this is a perfect song for the summertime series here in New York City,” he said by way of introduction, while one of his band members kicked off the signature riff on a Telecaster guitar. Then, while a city block’s worth of country fans sang along, Jackson performed “Chattahoochee,” one of his oldest songs, like it was brand new again.
Jackson is wrapping up a half-year’s worth of tour dates and promo appearances in support of Angels and Alcohol, which hits stores today. Last month, he made a viral appearance on the CMT Awards, where he discussed ass-less chaps with Aerosmith frontman (and country newcomer) Steven Tyler in a pre-recorded skit. Making the most of his current stay in New York City, he also appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, performing the new album’s title track.
Angels and Alcohol‘s first single is the no-surname-required “Jim and Jack and Hank” — a salute to Beam, Daniels and Williams respectively.