Thirty Miles West

Thirty Miles West

by Alan Jackson


Splitting from his longtime label Arista, Alan Jackson sets up his ACR Records imprint at EMI and releases Thirty Miles West, his 15th collection of new songs. Jackson doesn't use this opportunity as a rebirth but rather a continuation, stripping away the barest hint of extra fat left upon his 2010 Arista farewell Freight Train and delivering his leanest hard country album in years. Unlike his albums of the 2000s, which flirted with the digital age via cutesy novelties like "www.memory," this doesn't bother with the present and often looks toward the past, Jackson enlisting Zac Brown for a nostalgic trip down his hometown "Dixie Highway" and envisioning how he's "Gonna Come Back as a Country Song." There's a constant tugging undercurrent of comfortable regret flowing underneath Thirty Miles West, whether he's stoically playing the part of the bad guy on the dry-eyed ballad "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" or seeing his lifetime love almost slip away on "When I Saw You Leaving (For Nisey)," the explicitly sad songs neatly balanced by breezy drinking anthems -- he's sipping margaritas, not beer, on "Long Way to Go" -- and rockers so cheery it's easy to overlook how Jackson is talking about how life keeps bringing him down. Over the years, Jackson has perfected that smooth easy touch and here, on a record devoted to new songs written in the classic tradition (many written by Jackson himself, others penned by Terry McBride, Al Anderson, Shawn Camp, Jay Knowles, Adam Wright, and Guy Clark), he is a master of understatement in both his delivery and construction, the songs slowly seeping into your marrow. It's an album only an old pro could make and it's one of the best this ever-reliable singer has ever done.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099902933429
catalogNumber: 02933

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Jackson   Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Jarvis   Piano,Wurlitzer
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Glenn Worf   Bass
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle
Marty Slayton   Background Vocals
Greenwood Hart   Percussion

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
Anderson   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Alan Jackson   Composer
John Kelton   Engineer
Steve Lowery   Engineer
Terry McBride   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Tony Lane   Composer
Mellissa Schleicher   grooming
Clint Daniels   Composer
Jay Knowles   Composer
David Lee   Composer
Matt Rovey   Engineer
Morgane Hayes   Composer
Nancy Russell   Management
Adam Wright   Composer
Troy Jones   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Justin Cortelyou   Engineer
Jeff Hyde   Composer
Kyle Sackley   Composer

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Thirty Miles West 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ellasgram More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Alan Jackson and would definitely recommend this latest CD of his. I saw him perform on The Today Show a few weeks ago and immediately logged onto B&N to order it. The CD has a balanced mixture of romance, fun, laughter and tear jerker ballads. Ellasgram
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dont get any better than his singing:)