Jason Aldean Talks Inspiration for New Album ‘Macon, Georgia’

by Josh Lanier
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Jason Aldean kept fans waiting for months for information about his upcoming 10th studio album. But on Monday, he announced a mammoth multi-stage new project. Aldean will release a 30-song double album called Macon, Georgia on April 22, 2022. But Aldean said he has some big surprises for fans later this year.

Jason Aldean said he named it Macon, Georgia after his hometown because it had such an impact on his life as a musician.

“Where you were raised has such a big influence on who you become and for me, it’s no different … especially from a music standpoint,” Aldean said in a press release. “My little hometown of Macon was heavily instrumental in my musical background. Growing up in an environment that was a crossroads between Country music, Southern rock, blues, and R&B, it was just natural to blend different sounds in my own way.”

Macon is the home of the Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding, and James Brown.

Aldean released this summer the smash hit duet with Carrie Underwood “If I Didn’t Love You.” It is included in the new album, which features 20 new songs and 10 tracks from earlier albums.

“This is our 10th album, so we wanted to do something a little special — something we haven’t done before,” Jason Aldean said at the time. “So we have some surprises coming up and some stuff that is going to be really interesting.”

One of those surprises seems to be a rolling release schedule. While the full album won’t be available until April of next year, Jason Aldean will release the first half of the album in November. He’ll release new songs in the following months until the April release, the press release said.

Fans can pre-order those first batch of songs here.

Jason Aldean Is Back in The Saddle and On the Road

Jason Aldean returned to the road last month with his “Back in the Saddle” tour after a year off the road. Coronavirus sidelined the country superstar for most of last year and half of 2021. The pandemic forced all major touring acts to shut down. Though, Aldean used the downtime wisely to produce a spate of new music for his upcoming album.

But Aldean said he couldn’t want to be back in front of fans. When he announced the tour earlier this year, he said that the wait was a struggle for his supporters and his crew.

“I’ve got guys that work on my crew that have had to take other jobs,” he told the Tennessean in May. “They’re pouring concrete or working construction or doing whatever to stay afloat until we can get this thing back up and running. So it’s felt good to look around and see everybody happy to be back together and working.”

The tour kicked off in early August with a stop in Virginia Beach.

The “Back in the Saddle” tour will criss-cross the country until it ends on Oct. 30 in Tampa, Florida. For tour dates or information on tickets visit the tour’s website.

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