WATCH: Alan Jackson reiterates his reverence for country music tradition in new music video “Where Have You Gone”
Alan Jackson’s new music video for “Where Have You Gone” opens on the sacred stage of the Ryman Auditorium. Hailed as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” the iconic venue serves as the symbolic setting for the title track clip from Jackson’s 21st studio album, released in May via EMI Nashville.
Written by Jackson, “Where Have You Gone” serves as the lyrical centerpiece for what will be the artist’s first feature film in six years. Following Angels and alcohol (2015) —which contained some of his best works, including “The One You’re Waiting On” and “When God Paint” –Where did you go is yet another chapter of his enduring and best-selling art.
Raised in rural Georgia, the Country Music Hall of Famer speaks candidly about unwanted changes in the industry through this song. With characteristic grace, Jackson manages to do it without criticism. Instead, he waves the lyrics like a love letter to the sweet country music he feels himself slipping through his gripping grip.
“The song kind of starts off like it’s lost love,” Jackson says. “I love what I call ‘real country music’ and I see it disappearing more than ever,” he explains. “I just wanted to say that.”
Music video director Peter Zavadil shot the footage in black and white to evoke nostalgia. His cinematic approach made it a deservedly retrospective viewer that reinforces the thematic nuances of the # 1 country album. Standing in the spotlight, the images feature the solo artist surrounded by violin, steel guitar, a banjo, a double bass, an acoustic guitar and a simple drums, all essential to its classic country sound.
As Jackson performs, a reel of images spins through a cast of true legends who have made history on that same stage, including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams and Tammy Wynette.
“That’s Alan’s idea… to capture all of this amazing story that has happened here,” Zavadil shares. “The goal was to make Ryman as important a character as Alan is the artist on stage,” he adds. “It’s a magical place.”
Check out Alan Jackson’s new music video for “Where Have You Gone”, below.
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