Alan Jackson Acoustic Guitar Songs
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Alan Jackson Acoustic Guitar Songs

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A Little Bluer Than That | Bug In My Margarita
Chasin That Neon Rainbow | Chattahoochee
Drive | Gone Country
Had It Not Been You | Here In The Real World
Home | I Wish I Could Back Up
It Must Be Love | It's 5 o-Clock Somewhere
Jim & Jack & Hank | Just As I Am

Alan Jackson Acoustic Guitar Songs
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1. A Little Bluer Than That

Another song that hails form the 2008 album "Good Time" never was released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = a double downstroke - normally you'd play a root up down up and repeat. But you'll notice I'm playing a root down down bass up down up.
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = I'm playing a D, G, A7, A/Db, Bm, Bm/A, E, and an Em. When the song moves up two frets you'll use the E, along with the A and B7
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2. Bug In My Margarita (Long Way To Go)

Alan Jackson said he was inspired to write this song after watching a bug land in his drink. He made a mental note of it and on a cold day in Nashville, put pen to paper and wrote this song.

The official name is "Long Way To Go" and can be found as the lead single from his 2011 album "Thirty Miles West". The song reached #24 on the US country chart.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a simple root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G and A or A7 if you prefer
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3. Chasin That Neon Rainbow

This song was from the 1990 debut album "Here In The Real World" and was the 4th single, peaking at #2 on the US Country Charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a simple root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  G, C, D, D/Gb, Em, A7 for the first half of the song. When the key change kicks in you'll use an A, D, E,  A/Ab, Gbm and a B7

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4. Chattahoochee

Jim McBride and Alan Jackson were trying to come up with an up-tempo type song back in 1993. Jim came up with the line "way down yonder on the chattahoochee" and the song evolved from there. Neither Jackson or McBride ever thought the song was going to be the monster hit that it became. 

The song became a #1 in both Canada and the US in 1993 and also won the Country Music Awards (CMA) Song Of The Year and Single Of The Year. There was a music video for the song which featured Alan Jackson water skiing on the Chattahoochee River.

The song hails from the 1993 album "A Lot About Livin".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up or root up down up bass up down up  
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G, F, D7, G7

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5. Drive

Alan Jackson had a #1 hit with this song when it was released back in 2002 being a song about his dad Eugene Jackson.

The song is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up will get thru this one 
  • Picking = a little
  • Chords = G, C, D, Em, A7
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6. Gone Country

Bob McDill, who was an active songwriter between 1960 and 2000, wrote Gone Country which Alan Jackson recorded for his "Who Am I" album which was released back in Nov 1994. McDill had 31 #1 hits during his active writing career and had songs recorded by Ray Charles, Don Williams, Joe Cocker, Waylon Jennings and others.

When Alan Jackson released this song, it was the  third single from the album. His first two singles went to number 1 which were Summertime Blues and Livin On Love. This song also hit the #1 ranking in the US and #2 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes a little
  • Chords = G, D, C, Em
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7. Had It Not Been You

This song hails from the album "Red Like A Rose" which was a bit of a commercial flop. Alan Jackson only wrote one song on this record and it changed direction away from traditional country and went in a pop direction. 

Had It Not Been You was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = a combination or arpeggio and rhythm playing root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  E, B7, A, Dbm, Gbm, Edim
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8. Here In The Real World

Here In The Real World hails from the debut album of the same name which was released in Feb of 1990.

This was the 2nd of 5 singles off of that album ad became Alan Jackson's first top 10, peaking at #3 on the charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up or you could use some bass notes and play root up down up bass up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G, A, Em and a Gbm
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9. Home

Home was recorded in 1989 was was originally slated for his debut album the following year but instead was used as a B-side to several singles. It wasn't until 1995 that it was released as an A-side song and peaked at #3. This song is also from the "Here In The Real World" album.

The Home chords and lyrics are below.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = an arpeggio beginning -- a root up root up down up -- root down up root up down up and repeats
  • Picking = Riff or two
  • Chords =  C, F and G
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10. I Wish I Could Back Up

This song hails from Jackson's 2008 album "Good Time" but was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = basic rhythm using a shuffle pattern and arpeggio picking
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, Am, Em and a B7
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11. It Must Be Love

Well known Nashville writer Bob McDill wrote this song and in 1979 Don Williams had a #1 record. Fast Forward to 2000 and history repeated itself when Alan Jackson had his version also reach #1 on the country charts.

The song is found on his "Under The Influence" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down up stop up down up stop up and then change chord
  • Picking = Yes -  a familiar riff
  • Chords = D, G and A
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12. It's 5 o'clock Somewhere

This song was recorded as a duet with Jimmy Buffett ... a Florida boy and a next door neighbour Georgia boy but neither of them wrote the song.

It got Jackson on the pop charts for the first time at #65 and became Buffett's first top 10 song since the 1970's when it came out in 2003. The song was a #1 hit on the country charts.

The song is from his Greatest Hits Vol II album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Various riffs
  • Chords =  D, G, A7, Asus, Bm, A/Db and an Em
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13. Jim & Jack & Hank

This one hails from the 2015 album called Angels and Alcohol and 7 of the 10 songs were written by Alan Jackson.

This song was a single from the album but only peaked at #41 on the country charts. Jim and Jack and Hank chords and lyrics are below.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd Fret
  • Rhythm = all down strokes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  D, G and an A 
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14. Just As I Am

A poet by the name of Charlotte Elliott wrote this song back in 1835 and Jackson included it on his 2013 album "Precious Memories Vol II".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = arpeggio down over the strings followed but some rhythm count counting 1-2-3 up down up and repeat -- or  -- skip the arpeggio and just strum in a root up down up down up root up down up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, G7, C, D and a Dsus
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