Jason Aldean Gives Update On New Album, Set To Mark A Significant Milestone With Huge Change

Aldean’s new album will include songs that he co-wrote, a creative endeavor that Aldean hasn’t pursued in over a decade.

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Posted on July 12, 2023

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Jason Aldean is making a big change when it comes to his forthcoming 11th studio album!

Aldean’s upcoming project will mark a significant milestone for the Georgia native as it will include songs that he co-wrote, a creative endeavor that Aldean hasn’t pursued in over a decade.

Writing Songs On His New Album

During a recent interview with Taste Of Country Nights‘ host Evan Paul, the country superstar revealed that he will have a hand in co-writing songs on his new album.

“[I] started jumping into the writer’s chair again a little bit, and got a few things on this album that I wrote. Some really cool stuff,” he told the outlet.

Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Facebook/Brian Higbee
Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Facebook/Brian Higbee

Songwriting Is A Rarity For Aldean

Aldean’s involvement in songwriting is a rarity, considering he’s only had involvement in writing four tracks out of all the 10 studio albums he has released to date.

The last time Jason Aldean appeared as a cowriter on one of his albums was in 2009, when he co-wrote “Keep The Girl,” a track that appears on his third studio album, Wide Open. Prior to “Keep The Girl,” the country hitmaker co-wrote three songs (“Even If I Wanted To,” “You’re the Love I Wanna Be In” and “She Loved Me”) on his major label debut in 2005.

Despite not having co-written any songs on his albums since 2009, the 46-year-old father of four confessed that his infrequent songwriting can be attributed to him being a “perfectionist.”

“My problem was always and still is — it’s not that I don’t write or can’t write. I’m just a perfectionist,” he previously explained in an interview with Apple Music.  “I’m just my own worst critic.”

Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Brian Higbee
Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Brian Higbee

Has Recorded 27 No. 1 Hits

However, Jason Aldean’s songwriting abilities are not lacking. In fact, Aldean initially moved to Nashville with the intention of pursuing a career as a songwriter and signed a publishing deal with Warner-Chappell in 1998. “I moved here and started writing for Warner Brothers, Warner Chappell. And that’s how I got to town,” he revealed to Apple Music. “So I was the guy in there writing every day and writing a ton of songs.”

Jason Aldean may not write his own music, but he certainly knows how to pick the right songs to cut as 27 of the 39 songs he’s released have gone No. 1. “George Strait’s made a career on not writing anything,” Aldean added during his discussion with Apple Music. “He’s just really good at finding songs.”

While there isn’t a set date for the project’s release just yet, Aldean has released several tracks that are set to appear on the forthcoming album, including “Tough Crowd” and “Try That In A Small Town.”

Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Rich Polk for PMC
Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Rich Polk for PMC

Honors The Aldean Army With “Tough Crowd”

Tough Crowd” was a surprise release that dropped on May 8. Produced by Michael Knox and co-written by Kurt Allison, Marv Green, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher, “Tough Crowd” serves as a tribute to his fanbase, the Aldean Army.

“I see girls with tattoos / good ol’ boys and cowboys / I see a few soldiers here tonight / welcome back / We got some country ass beer drinkin’ hell raisin’ go all nighters / we got some dirt turnin’ diesel burnin’ hard workin’ 9 to 5ers,” Aldean sings on the first verse, detailing what he sees each time he steps onto the stage.  

He performed the song during the 2023 ACM Awards.

“Try That In A Small Town”

Try That In A Small Town” arrived a few weeks later. This track showcases the way Jason Aldean feels about the current state of the world. 

“It seems like there are bad things happening on a daily basis, and that feels unfamiliar to a lot of us. This song sheds some light on that,” he explained in a social media post. 

Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher co-wrote the song, which was produced by Aldean’s longtime collaborator, Michael Knox. 

“Well, try that in a small town / See how far ya make it down the road / ‘Round here we take care of our own / You cross that line, it won’t take long / For you to find out, I recommend you don’t / Try that in a small town,” he sings. 

Set To Embark On Highway Desperado Tour

Additionally, Aldean will soon embark on his Highway Desperado Tour.

The 39-city headlining tour kicks off on July 14 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. The Highway Desperado Tour is scheduled to make stops across the U.S. in Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix and more. The upcoming trek will come to a close in Tampa at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre on October 28. 

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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