Jackson said when Gill loosely referred to his music as being predictable at the Country Music Association Awards years ago, the country singer was driven to make his next musical endeavor more expansive -- and the end result was "Rose," said Billboard magazine.
"I don't know if the script writer wrote it, but he said, 'You always know what you're going to get from Alan Jackson. It's like driving through McDonald's,'" Jackson recalled. "I think he meant it as a compliment, but it kind of made me feel like 'Dang, McDonald's, man! I don't want to be like every time somebody buys an album, they are getting just another quarter-pounder with cheese.'"
Jackson, who switched from longtime producer Keith Stegall to Alison Krauss for the new album, found with his new producer he was able to stretch his creative muscle but said he intends to revisit his relationship with Stegall.
"I love Keith," the singer told Billboard. "We've made a lot of great music together, there's nothing against him."
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