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Alan Jackson recently joined PEOPLE’s “Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen” to discuss his 16th studio album, Where Have You Gone, which was released today (May14). One of the more interesting tidbits to come from the interview was that Alan was inspired by Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” to write the song “Back.”

“It started as a joke, really, I don’t know, several years ago,” said Jackson. “I don’t know about the other music so much, but my kids were talking about that Justin Timberlake had this ‘Bringing Sexy Back’ song and they were just laughing and talking about it. And I hadn’t even heard it and they were just laughing, and I said, ‘Well, I think I’m going to write one about how I’m going to bring country back.’”

“I didn’t write it from a position that I’m going to bring country back,” Jackson explained. “I think it was just more of a fun song and I ended up taking all these memories, visual memories of things that I remember growing up in the South in a small town, which is so relatable to country music.”