Alan Jackson is gearing up to release an ambitious new album, and he's teasing fans with three new songs in advance. The country icon dropped three new songs by surprise at midnight on Friday morning (April 2): "Things That Matter," "Way Down in My Whiskey" and the title song of the new album, "Where Have You Gone."

According to a listing at Amazon, Jackson will release Where Have You Gone on May 14, 2021. The 21-song new project features several tracks inspired directly by Jackson's family, including two songs that he wrote for his daughters' weddings, "You'll Always Be My Baby" and "I Do." There's also a song inspired by Jackson's mother titled "Where Her Heart Has Always Been," which he wrote for her funeral. That track features an old recording of her reading from the Bible.

Jackson also pays tribute to one of his own classic influences with his rendition of Merle Haggard's "That's the Way Love Goes," and fans have already heard the final track on the album, "The Older I Get," which Jackson released in 2017.

A press release shares that Jackson's longtime producer, Keith Stegall, once again manned the board for the new songs, 15 of which Jackson wrote himself.

“It’s a little harder country than even I’ve done in the past,” Jackson says. “And it’s funny, I was driving and listening to the final mixes Keith sent me, and I started to tear up. I was surprised to get so overly emotional, but I just love this kind of music."

The three new tracks certainly show Jackson doubling down on the traditional country music that has been the steadfast hallmark of his career. "Where Have You Gone" is a mournful, steel-soaked ballad that laments the passing of classic country music, while "Way Down in My Whiskey" is a classic country lost-love drinking song and "Things That Matter" is a thoughtful, acoustic-based message song.

Hear all three tracks:

Jackson's most recent album release was 2015's Angels & Alcohol.

Where Have You Gone is currently available for pre-order. See the album's cover and complete tracklisting below.

EMI Records Nashville

Alan Jackson's Where Have You Gone Tracklisting:

1. “Where Have You Gone” (Alan Jackson)
2. “Wishful Drinkin’” (Alan Jackson)
3. “I Can Be That Something” (Alan Jackson)
4. “Where the Cottonwood Grows” (Alan Jackson)
5. “Way Down In My Whiskey” (Alan Jackson)
6. “Things That Matter” (Robert Keith Stegall, Michael White)
7. “Livin' On Empty” (Alan Jackson)
8. “You'll Always Be My Baby (Written for Daughters’ Weddings)” (Alan Jackson)
9. “Where Her Heart Has Always Been (Written for Mama’s funeral with an old recording of her reading from The Bible)” (Alan Jackson)
10. “The Boot” (Adam Wright)
11. “Back” (Alan Jackson)
12. “Write It In Red” (Alan Jackson)
13. “So Late So Soon” (Scotty Emerick, Daniel Tashian, Sarah Buxton)
14. “This Heart Of Mine” (Adam Wright)
15. “A Man Who Never Cries” (Alan Jackson)
16. “Chain” (Alan Jackson)
17. “I Was Tequila” (Alan Jackson)
18. “I Do (Written for Daughters' Weddings)” (Alan Jackson)
19. “Beer:10” (Alan Jackson)
20. “The Older I Get”* (Hailey Whitters, Adam Wright, Sarah Turner)
Extra Track: “That's The Way Love Goes” (A Tribute to Merle Haggard) (Lefty Frizzell, Whitey Shafer)

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