As the Georgia native gears up for his headlining Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour 2022, with Idol alum Gabby Barrett as direct support, we can’t help but beg the question: would he ever share a duet with the “I Hope” hitmaker?
Well. The answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” In fact, Aldean had named Barrett before when revealing which powerhouse female artist he’d wish to sing with in the future.
“I think Gabby’s a phenomenal singer,” he said in a recent interview with Taste of Country Nights.
Now, with his tour on the horizon, Aldean is opening up even more about the possibility of a collaboration with Barrett.
“Maybe,” Aldean recently told Music Mayhem when asked if he will share the stage with Barrett on his upcoming tour. “That’s something that we’ve kind of thrown around.”
But, when asked if he would bring Barrett out to fill Carrie Underwood’s shoes and assist in singing Aldean and Underwood’s chart-topping, 2022 ACM Single Of The Year smash, “If I Didn’t Love You,” Aldean was a bit hesitant.
“I’m always a little weird about those kinds of things. I don’t want anybody to think I’m ever stepping on anybody’s toes. ‘It’d be like if I had a song with her and she’s bringing somebody out to do my part every night, I’d be like, ‘Wow, that’s kind of weird,’” Aldean reasoned. “So you kind of get into that a little bit, but yeah, she’s definitely one of those females that could pull that off for sure.”
“It’s something we’re talking about for sure,” he continued. “It’d be cool to bring her out at some point and do something, whether it be that, or maybe the ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ duet [featuring Kelly Clarkson] from back in the day or something. So yeah, we’ve kind of been throwing around some ideas.”
Either way, we’re sure no matter the song Aldean and Barrett choose to sing together – if that’s the case – it’s bound to be magical!
As far as the rest of the upcoming tour goes, Aldean says fans can expect “a little bit of everything.”
“I think the tour’s going to be fun. I think that it’s a little bit of everything. We’re going to go out and do obviously a ton of our hits and play some things from the new album, and just I think people that have been to our shows, they kind of know what to expect,” Aldean said. “It’s going to be fun, and we’re going to go out and try to entertain them for a couple of hours.”
Along with Barrett, who will be on the first half of the trek, Aldean’s Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour 2022 will also include opening acts Dee Jay Silver and country newcomer John Morgan, who also appeared on NBC’s American Song Contest.
Of the additional entertainment, Aldean says, “[Fans] get a little change up with Gabby, she’s obviously going to have a different kind of show than we have, and then with John being the new artist, he’s going to be a guy that people are going to be hearing for the first time. So looking forward to it, and then Silver, he’s always out with us, he’s kind of a staple at this point. I feel like he’s been touring with me now for about, I don’t know, 12 years or something. So he kind of blocks his schedule off when we start touring, just because he knows he is going to be out touring with us at this point.”
“Gabby’s obviously off to a great start in her career and killing it right now…. I’m a fan of what she’s doing,” Aldean added. “And John Morgan’s a new artist that I actually signed to my record company and is producing his album… he’s great, man. I’m looking forward to kind of launching him this next year and letting people see. He was one of the writers on the Carrie duet. And so just a really talented kid man, and I’m excited for people to hear.”
In addition to Gabby Barrett, Dee Jay Silver and John Morgan, Aldean recently added Chase Rice, Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt to the second half of the trek as Barrett is expecting her second child and will no longer be performing on the second half of the tour.
Aldean’s 34-city Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour kicks off on July 15 in Scranton, PA. The trek currently runs through October 29, 2022. His 10th studio project, the double album Macon, Georgia, dropped on April 22.