Alan Jackson is dead or still alive?, Where Have You Gone

In a time when country music was mostly hip-hop and pop, it made sense that Alan Jackson would put out an album with the same clean quality as “Here In The Real World” from years earlier. After navigating various trends and seeing “superstars” come and go, the soft-spoken legend returns with “Where’d You Been,” a double Fiddle ‘n’ Steel investigation of the real country . Classic songwriting for grief, love, life, loss, betrayal, drinking, the South, wanting, growing kids and dying parents. These 21 songs prove that country music was born and will always be.

“It’s a heavier country than I’ve been in in the past,” Jackson admitted. “It was so funny, I drove up to where I lived and listened to the final mix and just listened to what Keith [Stegall, his longtime producer] sent me, and I started crying. I was surprised it would Getting too emotional, but I just love this music. I’ve always wanted to do it.”

When Alan Jackson hit the country charts with “Here In The Real World,” his unpretentious country classic was a stark reminder of how heartbreaking a simple song can be. As the chorus closes revealing “The only thing I’ve learned from you / Is that boys don’t always get girls / In the real world,” the future Country Music Hall of Famer unleashes that stronger vulnerability Sexually dignified people can. Tall, thin and quiet, Jackson wasn’t here to save country music in 1990. But somehow it happened. In the world of cocky, stadium-ready Nashville, Alan Jackson is the sound of broken hearts, small joys, words written in red, and carefree good times, like steel guitars, fiddles, and Telecasters Clothes lined up in line-like arrangements reminiscent of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Buck Owens.

Entertainer of the Year. Grammy winner. headline News. Thirty-five. Enduring hits like “Don’t Shake the Jukebox,” “Chattahoochee,” “Gone Country,” “Remember When,” “Drive (for Daddy Gene),” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Where Did I Come From Come on, wanted, little man, who’s cheating whom, it’s five o’clock somewhere with Jimmy Buffett and George Strait’s music street murders. When America was shocked after 9/11 and the World Trade Center fell, it was Jackson took the stage at the CMA Awards and quietly evoked national confusion and grief with “Where You Are (When the World Stops Turning).” Once again, he delivered for a nation that couldn’t find the words: simple, direct, empty , without the kinks, as only the greatest country songs can.