Alan Jackson, 'Thirty Miles West' Album Details Revealed
Alan Jackson's Georgia roots are always near and dear to his heart, and he proves that with the title of his latest CD, Thirty Miles West, due out in just a few weeks. The album title was inspired by a stretch of road that runs from way up north to South Florida, and the disc finds Alan teaming again with his buddies -- and fellow Georgia natives -- the Zac Brown Band for a track on the album called "Dixie Highway."
"There's this highway that's been in existence for forever now -- it's called the Dixie Highway and it runs from north of Michigan all the way down to South Florida, and I wrote a song about it that's on the album," Alan explains. "I grew up on Highway 34 outside of Newnan, Georgia, and that's where we came up with Thirty Miles West. I think we were about thirty miles west of the official part of the Dixie Highway that runs through Georgia."
If the other song titles on the new CD are any indication, the collection is in keeping with one of country's most traditional torchbearers. Tracks include "Gonna Come Back As a Country Song," "Look Her In the Eyes and Lie," "She Don't Get High," "Talk Is Cheap,"and "When I Saw You Leaving (for Nisey)," a song that was inspired by Alan's wife Denise's battle with cancer. The heartrending tune follows her path through chemo and her eventual recovery. He actually wrote it during his wife's struggle, but never told her about it until after the fact.
"It just came out," Alan tells CMT."I felt like I needed to write it, but I never told her I did. I'm glad we recorded it, and it's on there, not only for Denise, but once you go through something like that, you run into so