"I love playing the heavier rock and roll things. But I love country music"

By Radio.com Staff 

One of the highlights on Jason Aldean’s latest album, They Don’t Know, is “Any Ol’ Barstool,” a song that brings the stadium rocking superstar back to his country roots.

“It’s one of the more traditional country sounding things on the album,” he tells Radio.com. “Every once in a while, I like to pull those out, like ‘The Truth.’ It’s one of those breakup songs that we country fans love. [The guy in the song is] talking about how he’s not really letting her know how bad she’s crushed him. ‘If you don’t believe me, ask any old barstool.’ He’s been hitting every bar in town.”

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“It brings me back to my country roots,” he says. “I love playing the heavier rock and roll things. But I love country music, and everyone once in a while it’s fun to go back and [play] something a little more traditional and remind people this is what I love as well.”

He was quick to point out his big country-rock inspiration. “For me, it was Alabama, they were the guys who had the southern rock vibe, like ‘Tennessee River’ and ‘Mountain Music,’ these big fun party songs. Then they could turn around and do something like ‘Feels So Right’ or ‘Take Me Down,’ a completely different kind of song, and they were really great at both. They were the guys that I looked at as ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to have a big show that’s a lot of fun, but also be able to dial it back and show that I’m a vocalist as well.’ I think it’s important to show a little diversity.”

Jason Aldean is already planning his shows for 2017. Keep up with his tour dates at Eventful.


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