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Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band have already had considerable success with their collaboration “As She’s Walking Away” and now, Alan says, Zac Brown lent his warm vocals to a song on Alan’s upcoming album.
“I’m a big fan of Zac’s,” Alan told reporters prior to a concert in Nashville on Wednesday, Sept. 21. “Zac owed me a favor. He said, ‘You do one with me, I’ll come over and sing [one with you], so he came in and sang with me on one of my songs,” says Alan.
Alan says his album crafting process hasn’t changed much over the years, and notes that his upcoming album is nearly completed. “It’s really no different than it was twenty years ago," says Alan. "It’s the same attention to it and we look for material. Keith [Stegall has] always produced everything. I’ve always just tried to remember what it’s like to be a fan and find songs that they might like more than songs that would be nominated for a Grammy or something, that might help your career last a little longer, making music for the real people.”
Though Alan has performed numerous duets during his career, he still has a few left on his bucket list. “There’s a lot of people. Willie Nelson has got to sing with everybody, but I’ve never got to sing with him. Merle Haggard, I’ve sung songs in tribute to Merle [but not with Merle].”