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In 1998, Alan Jackson and his wife of twenty years separated for several months. It’s no surprise, then, that the feeling of regret on High Mileage runs deep. The album’s standout tracks are sung from the point of view of someone who is on the verge of losing everything he loves. In “Hurtin’ Comes Easy” Jackson sings, “I've spent a lifetime lookin' for love / Just when I find it, it comes undone.” “Gone Crazy” shows a man tortured by his loneliness. Most revealing of all is the album’s centerpiece, “What A Day Yesterday Was,” which watches a couple flipping through old scrapbooks, as Jackson sings the refrain: “If forever should end today / And there's no tomorrow for us / What a day yesterday was.” The heartbreak inherent in High Mileage doesn’t keep it from being an excellent listen. Jackson’s pain is couched in the rich and easygoing playing of his backing band. Still, the album gets its depth from the personal subtext, and the steadfast avowals of “I’ll Go On Loving You” and “Amarillo” leave lasting impressions on the listener.


Born: October 17, 1958 in Newnan, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson was the most popular male country singer of the '90s. An heir to the new traditionalist movement of the '80s, Jackson's approach was rooted in classic honky tonk yet remained comfortably within the contemporary mainstream. Jackson's hallmark was consistency -- he wrote many of his own hits, and his way with a hook was part of the reason he never really hit a commercial dry spell, even into the new millennium. He also projected a modest, wholesome, down-to-earth image...
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