Alan Jackson's newest album, "Drive" features a duet with Alan and George Strait called "Designated Drinker."

The song is an Alan Jackson original that gave him a bit of trouble starting out. The idea came to him about two or three years ago, and it just never seemed quite right. "I kept changing it and rewriting it," he explained in a radio interview in Nashville.

"I was about to give up on it, but I finally looked at it as a duet for us and rewrote it from that perspective. George liked it, so we went in and did it."

Noting that the subject could be a sensitive one he adds, "It's tough to write on that subject without offending some people, so I tried to make it a nice version."

He goes on to say that he has been a fan of Strait's for over 20 years and says, "I think some of my fans -- and his -- will like it." "Drive" is scheduled to be in stores next week.


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