Jason Aldean Immediately Resonated With The Message Behind His New Single, “Try That In A Small Town”

“I heard the song and it just kind of explained to me what’s going on in the world,” Aldean explained. ““It’s like everyday you turn on the news and see something crazy happened or some heartbreaking story.”

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Posted on May 19, 2023

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Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Facebook/Brian Higbee

Jason Aldean is giving fans another taste of his forthcoming new album with the release of his new single, “Try That In A Small Town.”

On Friday (May 19), the country superstar and reigning ACM Artist Of The Decade released the new tune, which details his feelings about the current state of the world.

“Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk / Carjack an old lady at a red light / Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store / Ya think it’s cool, well, act a fool if ya like / Cuss out a cop, spit in his face / Stomp on the flag and light it up / Yeah, ya think you’re tough,” Aldean sings on the first verse, before going into the song’s chorus, “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.”

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

Immediately Resonated With The Song’s Message

After listening to “Try That In A Small Town” for the first time, Jason Aldean knew he had to record the tune as he immediately resonated with the message behind the track’s lyrics.

“For me, I heard the song and it just kind of explained to me what’s going on in the world. It resonated with me, I guess is a better word because of what’s going on in the world,” Aldean explained during a recent interview on The Bobby Bones Show. “It’s like everyday you turn on the news and see something crazy happened or some heartbreaking story. This is just a song that talks about like you wouldn’t get away with that stuff in a small town. It’s just a different mindset and different kind of values in small town America that I wish everybody else would kind of adopt. It’d probably help some of things that are going on in the world.”

Produced by Michael Knox and written by Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher, “Try That In A Small Town” is set to impact Country Radio on Monday, May 22.

Listen To Jason Aldean’s New single “Try That In A Small Town” Below

The new single follows his national television debut performance of another new track, “Tough Crowd,” which he officially debuted on the 2023 ACM Awards after a surprise release earlier in the week for fans.

“Tough Crowd”

“Try That In A Small Town” follows his previous release, “Tough Crowd.”

“This is just a song to me that talks about our fans…about us onstage getting a bird’s-eye view of our fans that come in all shapes and sizes and colors,” Aldean shared in a press release. “It’s just really cool to look out and just see those people from all different walks of life come together for a show and have fun.”

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 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.

Aldean then went on to honor his loyal fans on the chorus.

“Talk about a tough crowd / make you want to turn it up loud / raise the roof tonight / and make the red, white, and blue proud / yeah / here’s to country strong I wish y’all see right now / talk about a tough crowd,” Aldean sings.

Forthcoming New Album

“Try That In A Small Town” and “Tough Crowd” are both expected to appear on Jason Aldean’s forthcoming yet-to-be announced new album.

In an interview with Bobby Bones on The Bobby Bones Show, Aldean revealed that his new album is 90% done.

The two new tunes mark Jason Aldean’s first new music since the release of his double album, Macon, Georgia.

The project, which paid tribute to his hometown and served as his tenth studio album, features 10 live tracks and 20 new originals, including the chart-topping hits “Trouble with a Heartbreak” and “If I Didn’t Love You” with Carrie Underwood as well as his current single “That’s What Tequila Does.”

Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC
Jason Aldean; Photo Courtesy of Gilbert Flores for PMC

Highway Desperado Tour

Later this summer, Jason Aldean will embark on his 41-city headlining trek, dubbed the Highway Desperado Tour.

Produced by Live Nation, the Highway Desperado Tour will kick off on July 14 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY, making stops across the U.S. in Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix and more before wrapping up in Tampa at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre on October 28.

Mitchell Tenpenny, Corey Kent and Dee Jay Silver will serve as support on the trek.

Additionally, Jason is also scheduled to perform at several festivals later this year, including Country Jam, Nebraskaland Days, Country Thunder Wisconsin, Tidalwave Festival and more.

Highway Desperado 2023 Tour Dates

July 

14 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

15 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre

16 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

27 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

28 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

29 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

August

4 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium

5 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre

6 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

10 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

11 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

18 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

19 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Amphitheater

24 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena

25 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

26 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater

Jason Aldean; Photo By Andrew Wendowski
Jason Aldean; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

September

7 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

8 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre

9 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

14 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

15 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

16 –Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

21 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

22 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

23 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre

28 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

29 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

30 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater

October

5 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre

6 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

7 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

12 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center+

13 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

14 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena

19 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena

20 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

21 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center

27 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

28 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

For a full list of Jason Aldean’s upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE.

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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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