Freight Train: Alan Jackson:

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"I've always said that those are the hardest ones to write, any up-tempo song, " he confirms. "It's hard to come up with something fun that's not silly or cheesy. The lyrics were strong enough, and it had a couple of different chords in it that didn't make it so straight-ahead bluegrass that I could make it sound like a country record."

If anybody knows how to make it sound like a country record, it would be Jackson. Over the last two decades, the easygoing singer-songwriter has steadily accumulated nearly 50 Top 10 country hits and won 16 CMA Awards. Following a visit to CMT's Top 20 Countdown, Jackson shifted into low gear for a rare interview. In the first half of this two-part interview, Jackson discusses his video for "It's Just That Way, " his early career in construction and how he rediscovered one of the first songs he wrote in Nashville.

CMT: I understand that your daughter, Mattie, came up with the idea for the video of "It's Just That Way." How did she present the idea to you?

Jackson: She called me on the telephone. She was out of town, at school. She was telling me about it and I thought it was pretty cool. I said, "Well, you need to write it down, " and she said, "I don't know how to write it." She's seen a bunch of those treatments over her life, and I said, "Just like those directors write them." She put it on the computer and sent it. And that was it.

I wanted to ask you about "Hard Hat and a Hammer" because I know you worked construction in the early days. What did you build?

I've done about everything. I worked for a guy that had a construction company that did residential and commercial buildings, so I did a little of both. I did remodeling and worked on new homes. I worked in a cabinet shop one time to build kitchen cabinets. I actually was a contractor myself for a while. I got my contractor's license and built a couple of small homes in Georgia and sold them back when Denise and I were young.

"I Could Get Used to This Lovin' Thing" reminds me of those early Johnny Cash records on Sun.

(laughs) That just kind of happened that way. That song lent itself to that feel. Originally we cut it more like my regular production, but the engineer that has worked with us so long, John Kelton, didn't have anything to do one day, and he started playing around with that mix on that thing. He broke it down and did the little stops in there, just goofing off with it. He gave me a copy of it and I liked it that way, so we kind of worked on it some more and it ended up that way. I like that cut. That's kind of fun.

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  • Record Label: Arista
  • Catalog#: 88697 625602
  • Country Of Release: NLD
  • Year Of Release: 2010

Of Great and Mortal Men

2009-03-10 14:36:22 by leviplaysmusic

I remember hearing early in 2008 (or even late 2007) about this album that some madmen had written with a song for every U.S. President, called Of Great and Mortal Men. It was supposed to come out election day, 2008. Then all that election madness happened and I got distracted by reality for a while. Apparently it did come out, as I discovered when I remembered its existence the other day and did a little digging.
Even better, the bonus 44th song was released as promised, and is available as a free download from the site:

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Country singer Alan Jackson is 55. Movie critic Richard Roeper is 54. Movie director Rob Marshall is 53. Actor Grant Shaud is 53. Animator Mike Judge is 51. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 50. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald is 50.

Today in History, Oct. 17  — Waterbury Republican American
Country singer Alan Jackson is 55. Movie critic Richard Roeper is 54. Movie director Rob Marshall is 53. Actor Grant Shaud is 53. Animator Mike Judge is 51. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 50. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald is 50.

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