How lucky a parent is to give life to a country music legend. To have your life story told by a master storyteller, to be immortalized on record by someone who can take your everyday life and convey the beauty of you just doing what you did for your family. Loretta Lynn did it with “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Vince Gill with “The Key to Life.” Dolly Parton with “Coat of Many Colors.” Even Reba did it, with the little-noticed but worth seeking out “Daddy.”
To say that Alan Jackson has honored his father with “Small Town Southern Man” would only capture some of what he achieves with this record. In a larger sense, he has honored all fathers who loved only one woman, worked until their backs were broken and who truly believed that their greatest contributions are the children they’ve left behind. A deserving tribute to fathers who put family before everything else, and a comfort to the sons and daughters that miss them once they’re gone.
Listen: Small Town Southern Man