Jason Aldean’s eighth studio album Rearview Town dropped today (April 13) and the two-time reigning Academy of Country Music (ACM) Entertainer of the Year talked about how he chooses songs for an album in a Billboard report. One important factor for him is considering how a song might sound when he performs it at a live show.
“My live shows are such an important selling tool for the record for me – I’m constantly listening for things that are going to translate live,” said Aldean, “Sometimes, I get lost in thinking, ‘Man, that song sounds really cool. It would be fun to play live.' I’ve listened to the vibe of the song that I have forgotten to listen to the record, and the lyrics aren’t really that good, but the song would be fun to play ...”
He also considers how a new song might fit alongside existing hits from his extensive catalog, which stretches back 13 years to his 2005 self-titled debut album. He’s confident in his ability to judge whether a song is a good fit, but he also relies on input from his longtime producer Michael Knox. Speaking of Knox he said, “…he and I have worked together for so long, and he knows my style, and what I like. He can sort of be a buffer. It’s a process. But, it’s a lot of songs.”
Rearview Town’s lead single “You Make It Easy” has done well on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, currently holding the No. 4 position on the chart dated April 14. Aldean also reteams with longtime friend and previous collaborator Miranda Lambert on a new song called “Drowns the Whiskey.” He spoke highly of Lambert and their creative partnership saying, “I’m always looking for ways to collaborate with other people, and I have always wanted to do something else with her. I’ve always been a big fan of her voice and style.” “Drowns the Whiskey” caught Lambert’s attention and the song follows their duet from Aldean’s second album, Relentless, called “Grown Woman.”
Aldean’s upcoming album notably follows his performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last fall. None of the Rearview Town tracks are about the tragic event. Aldean did, however, make a heartfelt statement during his SNL guest appearance last October, before delivering a stunning cover of Tom Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down.”
He also penned a dedication to the Vegas shooting victims in his newly-dropped album’s liner notes. While no official plans have been set to return to Vegas post the shooting, it is something Aldean would consider in the future. He reportedly believes the return must be handled the right way and said, “If you go back and play it, you want to make sure that the people who were there, and the victims and their families – that those are the ones that are getting to come to the show. It’s a little bit of a process. It’s certainly something we’re open to.”
The “She’s Country” singer recently headlined the AT&T Block Party for the 2018 March Madness Music Festival, along with Best New Artist Grammy nominee Kelsea Ballerini. They are both slated to perform at the 2018 ACM Awards ceremony on April 15, along with Florida Georgia Line who share co-writing credits on “You Make It Easy.” The chart-topping duo also revealed to Y108 Broadway Backyard Aldean will appear on one of the tracks on their upcoming fourth album.
Aldean is once again nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards. He’s up against Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban for the honor. He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year against Stapleton, Urban, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young. Aldean is also heading out on his High Noon Neon Tour this year, which kicks off at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO on May 10. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS). You can also watch Jason Aldean and a star-studded list of country superstars perform live at the 2018 ACM Awards this weekend on Sunday, April 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).