Alan Jackson Opens Up About His New Album, ‘Where Have You Gone’

His 16th studio album arrives May 14.

Alan Jackson Opens Up About His New Album, ‘Where Have You Gone’
Alan Jackson performs for the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the 56TH ACM AWARDS™ will be broadcast Sunday, April 18 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount +. Photo: Ryan Musick/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Alan Jackson looks back on the good-old days that led to a new album in a recent podcast, dropping by Apple Music’s Essentials Radio with host and fellow country singer, Kelleigh Bannen.

Chatting with Bannen about his own “essential” catalog, Jackson pulled a thread of country tradition into the present tense. He explained how some of his biggest hits came to be — like the middle of the night inspiration behind “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning”) — and discussed his the way his Georgia beginnings informed his classic sound. And then the Country Music Hall of Fame member opened up about new album, Where Have You Gone.

According to Jackson, he’s still holding true to the country cornerstones he started out with.

“I started just wanting to make music I love and I know most of my fans love,” Jackson admitted. “And that’s what I wanted to do on this record.”

Where Have You Gone comes out May 14, and will mark the lanky, baritone-singing superstar’s 16th studio album overall. This one features a whopping 21 tracks, and in typical Jackson fashion, a full 15 have his name on the writing credits. And by sticking to his sonic guns with longtime producer Keith Stegall — that classic Alan Jackson sound returns.

Early releases include the tender resilience of “I Can Be That Something,” a pair of tracks written for his daughters’ weddings and another in honor of his late mother. Preorders are available now.