The Bluegrass Album (Alan Jackson album)

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The Bluegrass Album
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
Alan Jackson chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

The Bluegrass Album is the nineteenth studio album and the first bluegrass album by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released on September 24, 2013 via Alan's Country Records and EMI Nashville.[2][3] Jackson wrote eight songs for the album.[4][5] It also includes covers of The Dillards' "There Is a Time", John Anderson's "Wild and Blue" and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky".[6] Also included is a re-recording of "Let's Get Back to Me and You" from his 1994 album Who I Am, marking the second time Jackson has included two versions of the same song on two different albums ("A Woman's Love" was originally recorded for High Mileage and was later re-recorded for Like Red on a Rose).

The album was produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson's nephew, Adam Wright (of The Wrights).[7] It was recorded in Nashville.

"Blue Ridge Mountain Song" was released as a promotional single in advance of the album's release.

Two music videos were filmed for two songs of the album: "Blacktop" and "Blue Ridge Mountain Song". The music video for "Blue Ridge Mountain Song" stars Jackson’s middle daughter, Ali, as the lead role.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 11 on Billboard 200, No. 1 on Bluegrass Albums,[9] and No. 3 on Top Country Albums, selling 22,000 copies in its first week.[10] It also finished at No. 2 on the Year End Bluegrass Albums chart for 2014.[11] It has sold 148,000 copies in the United States as of June 2015.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alan Jackson except where noted.

1."Long Hard Road" 6:28
2."Mary" 4:21
3."Wild and Blue"John Scott Sherrill4:10
4."Appalachian Mountain Girl" 4:46
5."Ain't Got Trouble Now"Adam Wright2:54
6."Blue Ridge Mountain Song" 5:36
7."Tie Me Down" 3:34
8."There Is a Time"Rodney Dillard, Mitch Jayne3:23
9."Blue Side of Heaven" 4:41
10."Let's Get Back to Me and You" 2:44
11."Way Beyond the Blue"Mark D. Sanders, Randy Albright, Lisa Silver6:19
12."Knew All Along"A. Wright, Shannon Wright4:05
13."Blacktop" 3:33
14."Blue Moon of Kentucky"Bill Monroe5:42
Total length:62:16


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Australia Albums Chart[13] 18
US Billboard 200[14] 11
US Top Bluegrass Albums (Billboard)[15] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[16] 3


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  3. ^ Wyland, Sarah (July 18, 2013). "Alan Jackson to Release The Bluegrass Album September 24". Great American Country. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson "The Bluegrass Album" Tracklist & Cover Art". Roughstock. July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "Jackson's gone bluegrass". Country Standard Time. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Vinson, Christina (July 16, 2013). "Alan Jackson to Release His First Bluegrass Album". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (July 12, 2013). "Alan Jackson's 'The Bluegrass Album' To Release Sept. 24". MusicRow. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Craig Shelburne (October 8, 2013). "Alan Jackson Remembers a "Blue Ridge Mountain Song"". CMT Edge. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Bluegrass Albums: October 12, 2013". Billboard.
  10. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 2, 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of October 2, 2013: Luke Bryan Returns To #1; Justin Moore, Chris Young Still Top Five". Roughstock.
  11. ^ "Bluegrass Albums: Year End 2014". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015.
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  14. ^ "Alan Jackson Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Alan Jackson Chart History (Top Bluegrass Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Alan Jackson Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.