It seems like Alan Jackson is best served to sing the songs he has a hand in writing. I didn’t really understand the choice for the lead off single to his great album Freight Train. The song It’s Just That Waywas pretty and nice, but people have come to expect a simple song about life, love, fun, and working from Alan Jackson.
Well for his latest single Jackson gets back to what he knows best.
Hard Hat And A Hammersounds like a classic Alan Jackson song. The song is about the working men and women in the country while saying it’s alright to carry a hard hat and a hammer in America. Taking a social view of the song, it’s easy to see that America has turned into a nation of service jobs. It’s refreshing to know that there are good folks out there that still like to create things with their own two hands. Alan Jackson gives those folks a salute with Hard Hat And A Hammer.
For over twenty years Alan Jackson has been singing his down home songs. His videos usually involve him standing with his guitar, white cowboy hat, torn jeans, and a faded shirt. He’s a symbol of country music and a legend in the eyes of the fans. It’s great to see him get back to the kind of music fans seem to love most.
An interesting tidbit – in the song you’ll hear hear a little ‘ting’ every couple beats. If you watch the video you’ll notice there is a hammer banging down on an anvil.
Alan Jackson Anvil
“I played the anvil,” he says. “‘Hard Hat And A Hammer’ — it’s got an anvil in there if you listen to it. We cut it, and I said, ‘Man, this thing needs, you know, somebody hittin’ a hammer on an anvil.’”
“It’s a big ol’ anvil,” Alan notes. “The back of it’s broken off, and he got it when he worked for the county farm. They gave it to him ’cause it was broken, I guess, so it stayed in our garage my whole life… I beat on a lot of parts and steel on that thing, and he did, too. And when he died, I got a lot of his stuff, and that anvil’s in my car museum garage there, and so anyway, that’s what we used. We took a hammer, and it didn’t sound right, and we finally had to get two or three different hammers — finally found one that sounded right, and that’s what’s on the record. And I sat there and beat on that anvil.”
It’s those simple details that have allowed Alan to succeed all these years and it’s why fans love him.
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