- Released: November 25, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, p.72
Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/8/94, p.53
"...Jackson's trademark sound--a smart tapestry of acoustic, electric, and pedal-steel guitars, set off by tick-tack bass, moaning fiddle, and snappy snare--remains undiminished..." - Rating: B
- 1.Summertime Blues
- 2.Livin' On Love
- 3.Hole In The Wall
- 4.Gone Country
- 5.Who I Am
- 6.You Can't Give Up On Love
- 7.I Don't Even Know Your Name
- 8.Song For The Life
- 9.Thank God For The Radio
- 10.All American Country Boy
- 11.Job Description
- 12.If I Had You
- 13.Let's Get Back To Me and You
Personnel: Alan Jackson (vocals); Brent Mason (acoustic & electric guitars, 6-string bass); Keith Stegall (acoustic guitar, piano); Bruce Watkins (acoustic guitar); Robbie Flint (acoustic slide guitar); Paul Franklin, John Hughey (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan, Larry Franklin (fiddle); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Roy Huskey, Jr. (acoustic bass); Glenn Worf, John Kelton (bass); Eddie Bayers (drums); John Wesley Ryles (background vocals).
Recorded at The Castle, Franklin, Tennessee.
"Gone Country" was nominated for 1996 Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.
Personnel: Keith Stegall (acoustic guitar, piano); Bruce Watkins (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Robbie Flint (acoustic slide guitar); Paul Franklin , John Hughey (steel guitar); Larry Franklin, Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Roy Huskey Jr. (acoustic bass); Glenn Worf (electric bass); Eddie Bayers (drums); John Wesley Ryles (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Kelton.
Recording information: Cayman Moon Recorders, Berry Hill, TN; Eleven Eleven Sound, Nashville, TN; Showbus Studio, Nashville, TN; The Castle Recording Studios, Franklin, TN.
Alan Jackson, King Of The Hunky-Tonkers, will not disappoint his fans with WHO I AM. Swathed in traditional guitar pickin', moaning steel and slide guitars and wailing fiddles, Jackson's sumptuous baritone glides smoothly through lyrical and musical territory similar to his previous platinum releases.
The Georgia native gets down to business with the first cut, a down-home remake of the Eddie Cochran rock nugget "Summertime Blues." In Jackson's hands, it's another good-ol'boy party anthem in the tradition of his mega-hit "Chattahoochee."
Jackson proves to be a clever, straightforward country songwriter, contributing crisp country hits. As usual, themes deal with red necks and blue collars, but this time there is an overriding, articulated desire to be off the road, where, he reveals in "Job Description," "I just sing for the people, count the money and miles back home to you."
The musicians are given full reign to show off their skills on tunes that range from plaintive ballads to country rave-ups. But it's a song, "Gone Country," that steals the show. With understated delivery and sly resolve, Jackson non-judgmentally slurs "here he comes," and you know he has nothing to fear from the Jackson wannabes he's acknowledging.