His new album is titled Alan Jackson – The Bluegrass Album. I listened to it, and realized right away that it needed no other title than that. It is Alan Jackson, and it is pure bluegrass. I’m sure people who don’t think they like bluegrass are going to change their mind when they hear the songs on this album. The album was released on Sept. 24, and by Sept. 26 I had a copy in my CD player. I put a press release up back in September, when the album was released. But I really didn’t write any kind of review. I’ve been listening to this CD so much, I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts about it with all of you.
What you will hear on this album is Alan Jackson, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dobro, upright bass and acoustic guitar, It is melodies, harmonies, stories, and voices blending together to give us bluegrass the way it was supposed to be sung.
This is the first bluegrass album Alan has recorded. And he wrote eight of the 14 songs on the CD. Along with the originals, listeners are going to hear several well-known bluegrass standards, along with Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” John Anderson’s “Wild and Blue,” and The Dillards, “There Is A Time”.
Alan has openly expressed his desire to record a bluegrass album for years. This spring, a group of some of the best players and singers in bluegrass came together, and it only took them a few days to deliver a completed acoustic album. Alan enlisted Scott Coney, acoustic guitar; Sammy Shelor, banjo; Adam Steffey, mandolin; Tim Crouch, fiddle; Tim Dishman, bass; Rob Ickes, dobro; and Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby, vocals.
If you have ever been in your neighbor’s back yard, when a group of pickers got together with their instruments, and played whatever came to mind – that is the feel you get when you listen to this album. Alan wrote “Blue Ridge Mountain Song,” and “Blue Side of Heaven,” both of these songs show us that Alan understands the themes that are central to bluegrass. These songs pretty much remind us all that life can be hard, but we are strong enough to rise above any obstacles.
“Blue Ridge Mountain Song” is about a woman who dies too young, and leaves her husband to mourn what could have been. When you get to “Blue Side of Heaven,” it is a dying husband who tells his wife not to worry about his pending death, but to anticipate the joy and the happiness that will come when they are reunited in Heaven.
He finishes the album with “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” a bluegrass song that probably most of us have heard. But we haven’t heard it quite like this. Alan’s version is nearly six minutes long. And he uses every one of those minutes very wisely. He doesn’t just sing a bluegrass song we’ve all heard before – he uses part of his time to name every one of the guys in his band, and thank them for being a part of the album. He thanks his producers, and engineers, and he even thanks us for listening.
Here are the songs you will get on the Alan Jackson-The Bluegrass Album: Long Hard Road, Mary, Appalachian Mountain Girl, Tie Me Down, Way Beyond The Blue, Aint’ Got Trouble Now, Blue Ridge Mountain Song, Blacktop, Blue Side of Heaven, There is a Time, Wild and Blue, Knew All Along, Let’s Get Back to Me and You, and Blue Moon of Kentucky.
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