NASHVILLE, TN Tuesday Mar.27.2007 / -- Jack Ingram's new album, This is It, hits stores today and he marveled to us about it being half a decade between new studio releases for him.

"It's been five years since we had a studio album out, so hopefully there will be some interesting stories on there, they're interesting to me anyway," he tells us.

The lead off single, "Lips of an Angel" raised some eyebrows among country purists, but Ingram insists the tune is essentially a country song. "'Lips of an Angel' has been interesting to cut this kind of's been a bit of a departure just in style...but to me it's a country song, it's a cheatin' song. You play it backwards and everything works out," he says with a grin. Regarding the unique style Ingram's always had, he says, "Man, good music is good music. Country music is just American Music and it's American stories."

The CD title, says Ingram, comes from a line in a song on the album Jack says, "It's a line from one of the songs in there called 'Hold On.' And line in there says 'Hold on, because baby this is it.'" Jack says he saw the line in the song immediately as a metaphor for where he is these days and the journey that got him there. "Absolutely, the title of the record is speaking about all of the roads that I've been on that have led me right here to this moment, this is it. This time right now for me, is what I've been working for the last 15 years, through all the disappointments, all the bad gigs, all the long miles, all the truck stops all the label stuff, and now this is it."

One other thing about the song "Hold On" that the CD title phrase "This is It" comes from, it's a song that Sheryl Crow sings on with him. "We toured last summer and she left the door open to writing together, she said, 'Hey, we oughta work together again. And so, I loved the song, "Hold On," before, but when she sang on it, it gave me a whole other element that really knocks me out. She did a great job. It's a song that Blue Sanders wrote, a guy that I write with and it's about holding on to right now because we're not promised tomorrow."

Don't miss Jack Ingram on GAC Nights on Tuesday, March 27th as he discusses his new album This Is It with host Suzanne Alexander.

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