On This Date: Alan Jackson Leans Into His Soulful Side On 2006 Album ‘Like Red on a Rose’

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An album unlike others from Jackson.

Seventeen years ago today, Alan Jackson released his fourteenth studio album, Like Red On A Rose. The 2006 album would land Jackson his ninth number-one album, as it charted number one on the Billboard US Top Country Albums chart and number four on the US Billboard 200 chart.

While the album resulted in major commercial success, the sound of Like Red On A Rose posed a new side to Jackson’s sound. Leaning heavily into more of a contemporary pop and soulful sounds, the tracks on this album feature southern soul melodies, highlighting Jackson’s vocals with a softer twang.

Alison Krauss aided Jackson in producing the album and also picked the tracks that appeared on the album, along with singing backup vocals on a few tracks.

One of the album’s standout tracks is the reimagination of his 1998 hit “A Woman’s Love,” which originally appeared on High Mileage. The soft rock version on Like Red On A Rose carries a much sultrier sound than the original recording… the kind of track that makes you want to slow dance in the kitchen.

The album poses a softer side to Jackson from his honky tonk roots that fans know and love. We would later see more of this side on tracks from his most recent album, Where Have You Gone, but this was the first taste fans got in 2006 of the dynamic artistry that Alan Jackson processes.

One thing that has been proven over the years is that many of Jackson’s tracks are timeless, and this album is no exception.

Like Red On A Rose still houses some incredible tracks from Jackson’s discography that pack a punch just as they did seventeen years ago…

Check out a few of our favorites.

“Like Red On a Rose” 

“Don’t Change On Me”

“As Lovely As You”


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