Jason Aldean is hitching a ride on the big green double album tractor; the country singer recently revealed that his 10th studio album will be a huge, 30-song double feature titled Macon, Georgia. The album is meant to honor his hometown and its influence on his musical style. The first part of the album releases on Nov. 12, titled Macon. The second part is titled Georgia, releasing April 2022.
The album features new songs, like “If I Didn’t Love You,” his duet with Carrie Underwood. It also features live cuts of his early work, including “Big Green Tractor” live from Dallas, and “My Kinda Party” live from St. Louis.
Jason Aldean’s Influences
Jason Aldean is in a league all his own, but he does still have his influences. “The number one for me would be the group Alabama,” he told EW in 2015. “They were a rock band that happened to have really good country songs too.” He also cites George Strait, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, and Garth Brooks as influences on his music.
Not only was there an influence on his music, but also his look. “If you look at me now with the Wranglers and the cowboy hat, that sort of vibe, that came from him [George Strait],” Aldean said.
He said of Garth Brooks’ performances, “It made everybody re-look at how to entertain people.” He said that because of how Brooks designed his live shows, country stars felt they could do all the things on stage that rock stars do.
Aldean noted that Tim McGraw was a little different from all the country singers in the 90s. “He just kind of came out and did his own thing and he was a little bit of a rebel.” He said McGraw was “cooler” and “hipper,” kind of a “new-age country singer.”
A surprisingly modern influence, though, is Florida Georgia Line. Aldean said of the band, “they’re different—they didn’t come out and try to do what everybody else was doing just because it’s popular. They came out and did what they do.” Aldean said that’s the sign of a great artist, and something he tries to do in his own music.
It’s clear Jason Aldean respects his influences; he tries to be his own person and make the kind of music that he wants to make.
Moving Tribute to Fallen Servicemembers
Earlier this month, Jason Aldean gave a moving tribute on Instagram. He posted a video honoring the 13 military members who lost their lives in Afghanistan in August. He broke out a rare song from 2012’s Night Train, “Drink One For Me,” and paired it in the video of the servicemembers.
“Coming from a Military family,” he wrote in the caption, “it’s been tough to find the words to express how I feel for what’s happened in Afghanistan. It’s heartbreaking and unforgivable. We appreciate your service and thank you all for your sacrifice.”