Thirty Miles West

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099902933429
  • Catalog Number: 02933
  • Sales rank: 10,442

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
Al 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
Hank Williams Mastering
Jeff Hyde Composer
Kyle Sackley Composer
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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Yes, yes, yes...get one for yourself!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    this is a must!

    dont get any better than his singing:)

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