'Good' Stuff

After taking a couple of creative detours on his last two albums, Alan Jackson returns to his readily identifiable brand of traditional country with the release this week of "Good Time" (Arista Nashvi

After taking a couple of creative detours on his last two albums, Alan Jackson returns to his readily identifiable brand of traditional country with the release this week of "Good Time" (Arista Nashville).

"I always come back to what I came to Nashville to do, and that's make traditional sounding country music. This album bounces back to that," Jackson says of the follow-up to the platinum-selling gospel collection "Precious Memories" and the Alison Krauss-produced "Like Red on a Rose."

Jackson has always written the bulk of his hits, but "Good Time" marks his first time as sole writer on every track. It is also a reunion with Keith Stegall, who has produced every Jackson album except "Like Red on a Rose."

Jackson says, "I just wrote a bunch of songs and when we started recording, I played them for Keith and every time I played him something, he said, 'Let's cut that!' Keith and I were glad to get back in the studio and make records like we've always done."