Later this month, The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (known also as RodeoHouston) will kick off its three-week run at Houston’s NRG Stadium with family-friendly rodeo events and a lineup full of today’s premiere music artists. From Feb. 27 until March 18, musicians ranging from Blake Shelton and Leon Bridges to J Balvin and OneRepublic will take the RodeoHouston stage for nearly a month’s worth of fantastic performances each night. One of the highlight acts on the event’s 2018 musical lineup is none other than country superstar Jason Aldean, who is scheduled to perform at the event's eighth night on March 6.
A seasoned performer and commercial success, Aldean has been playing live for audiences around the southeast U.S. and beyond since his teenage years. Since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2005, Aldean has gone on to record numerous hits that have peaked the U.S. country charts, and allowed him to fill large venues around North America. With seven studio albums worth of material in his live arsenal, here are five songs that fans should hope make it onto his setlist for his upcoming performance at RodeoHouston in less than a month.
This one should be a no brainer. Aldean’s latest song was released just recently back on Jan. 26, and is the first single on his upcoming studio LP, Rearview Town. The song’s arrival at the start of the new year gives his fans a nice appetizer for what should be another big album cycle for Aldean, who only shared one new track all of last year. The romantic-themed tune is a fantastic sounding country ballad which really diversifies his sound with its somewhat of an R&B-styled waltz makeup. For anyone out there who isn’t quite familiar with the singer’s catalogue, getting started with his latest contribution is a solid way to go.
“Dirt Road Anthem” was the third single released from his 2010 My Kinda Party studio album, and would go on to become the best-selling digital song by a male country solo artist in the U.S. The single also featured a cameo by hip-hop star Ludacris, who probably won’t be making an appearance at RodeoHouston, but one can always hope. The song’s country/hip-hop crossover makeup expanded the reach of Aldean’s potential fanbase, in addition to showcasing his impressive rapping abilities.
This country-rock anthem has to make it onto Jason Aldean’s setlist for the night. In addition to being co-written by David Lee Murphy (who wrote Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” two years prior) the single is was a collaborative recording effort alongside Luke Bryan, who’ll also be performing at RodeoHouston two nights later on March 8. Whether or not the two will take the stage together to perform the song will remain to be seen (and heard), but it can’t hurt to tweet at Jason in hopes of trying!
Aldean’s 2014 single stands out because it doesn’t quite meet the standard sound set forth by country music purists - which is a good thing. The song’s looping drum pad rhythm section gives it more of a synthpop feel with a little country twang in the vocal section. Its unique modernized pop makeup definitely helps it to stand out in a great sounding attempt to bring country ballads into the 2010s. Aldean has even been quoted as saying that "Burnin' It Down" is "baby making music," and who’s going to disagree with that?
Speaking of “Big Green Tractor,” can you think of a more standard title for a country song? The muscular guitar opening to "Big Green Tractor" gets the party going right from the start, thanks to being mixed and shaken thoroughly with some catchy melodies to help it shine as brightly as any of the other popular hits in Aldean’s catalogue. Sure, the song is slightly filled with some tongue-in-cheek romantic innuendo, but it’s done so well that listeners don’t really think about what Aldean may be referring to when he sings “I can take you for a ride on my big green tractor.” It’s a great catchy love song, and one that should certainly find its way into the setlist.