Alan Jackson: I’m Free, As Free As I’ll Ever Be
Alan Jackson was the very first artist to be signed to then-fledgling country label, Arista Nashville. It’s been home to the country music superstar ever since. But now that his contract is up with the label, some 50 million albums down the road, the Georgia native considers himself a free agent.
“I’m not on anybody’s label,” Alan tells CMT. “I’m not saying I won’t be on their label. We just haven’t really negotiated anything for the future — and I haven’t with anybody, to be honest with you.”
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen,” he adds. “We’re just kind of seeing what the options are out there.”
“I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do,” Alan reflects. “I don’t have anything against the Sony group. Gary is an old friend. We may end up there. I don’t know. I just really don’t.”
Alan released his final album for Arista (under his current contract) in November — a career-spanning, greatest hits collection, ’34 Number Ones.’ The double-disc includes his recent collaboration with the Zac Brown Band, ‘As She’s Walking Away,’ and his version of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire.’