WATCH: Alan Jackson Revives ‘Real Country Music’ In Video Featuring Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline & More

Country Music Hall of Fame member Alan Jackson is honoring some of country music’s heroes with the release of his…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 23, 2021

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Country Music Hall of Fame member Alan Jackson is honoring some of country music’s heroes with the release of his brand-new music video for “Where Have You Gone.” 

In the just-released clip, Jackson is seen standing on the historic stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium where he is surrounded by a fiddle, steel guitar, banjo, upright bass, acoustic guitar and simple drums. 

Jackson begins to strum his favorite guitar at the Mother Church of Country Music and in a matter of moments, he’s joined by very real images of country music legends Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams and Tammy Wynette.

The concept for the cinematic, goosebumps-inducing clip was Jackson’s idea and serves as a way to honor traditional country music. 

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“This is Alan’s idea…capturing all of this incredible history that’s happened here,” director Peter Zavadil shares. “The goal was to make the Ryman as much of a character in this as Alan is the artist onstage,” he adds. “This is a magical place.”

“The song kind of starts out like it’s a lost love,” Jackson says. “I love what I call ‘real country music,’ and I just see it fading away more than I ever have,” he explains. “I just wanted to say that.”

“Where Have You Gone” was written solely by the country music superstar and find him longing for classic country sounds that are rarely heard on country radio today. 

“Soft steel guitar, oh how I’ve missed you/ Words from the heart, let me hear you again/ Sounds from the soul, fiddle I need you/ Sweet country music, where have you gone?/ Sweet country music, please come back home,” he sings. 

Alan Jackson; Where Have You Gone
Alan Jackson; Where Have You Gone

The emotional song is the title track of Jackson’s new album, which was released earlier this year. Where Have You Gone marks Jackson’s first new studio album in six years and features 21 tracks. 

Upon its release, Where Have You Gone topped the country album chart and became the Georgia native’s 15th Top 10 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200. 

Jackson is currently on tour and will wrap the trek in Nashville on Friday, October 8 with a show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.