(Image provided by Jason Aldean/Broken Bow Records)

Aldean Teaches Us What They Don’t Know

10:27 October 16, 2017
By: 2Fik

Is there a bigger name in country music right now than Jason Aldean? Originally from Macon, Georgia, Jason Aldean made his way to Nashville and hasn’t looked back. With one double-platinum album, four single-platinum albums, and his crowning achievement: My Kinda Party, which went mind-blowingly quadruple platinum. Known for its fusion of country rock and occasionally even country-rap (Ludacris joined in for a live rendition of “Dirt Road Anthem”), My Kinda Party solidified Jason Aldean as a country superstar. Now, about five years down the road, Jason Aldean is hitting the road again (in preparation for his upcoming release), just having released his latest chart-topping album They Don’t Know

They Don’t Know goes back to what Aldean does best: great country radio music that blends in elements of rock. Returning to his roots to explore what always made his music great, Aldean decided to kick it off which a huge country rock song: “Lights Come On.” Getting the crowd hyped, Aldean promises that “the party we throw, it’s going all night long.” To go along with the “all night” theme, “The Way a Night Should Feel” has Aldean reminiscing about a wild night he spent with a woman on the road. But, anthems don’t have to be all fun and games, and on “They Don’t Know,” Aldean makes a pointed statement. Claiming “they don’t see all the time spent working,” Aldean reminds people of how hard country life can truly be. He makes an anthem for the working-class people. 

Outside of the stadium rock mode, Aldean fits in comfortably with a country ballad mode. “This Plane Don’t Go There” hits on the sting of ex-relationships and nostalgia: “I could go anywhere / but I can’t go back to that night.” The single “Again,” featuring Kelsea Ballerini, hits on similar notes, with the singers duetting about missing old lovers. But, even the more salacious tracks take on a pretty dark, ballad-like sound. “Bad” finds Aldean being turned on by a mysterious lover who has no qualms about being a bit devious. On the flipside of that is “Reason to Love L.A.,” in which Aldean finds a reason to love California through the woman he’s fallen in love with: “I never had a reason to see this place / she gave me a reason to love L.A.” Aldean has never sounded as sincere as he does on this track.  

They Don’t Know’s return to Aldean’s roots pays off a lot. The sound is gritty, earthy, and catchy enough to make for a good show. Big hits litter the record with hooks that also make for a good listen. But, Aldean has no issues with getting a bit more down-to-earth. The country ballads really stand out because they give Aldean a chance to show off his marvelous voice. Along with the live-band aspect of the album’s production, They Don’t Know feels about as real as an album can be. 

It’s no question that the songwriting on this album is as good as country songwriting gets. Help from Florida Georgia Line and other veteran songwriters gets Aldean to hone in on some poignant moments of lost love and nostalgia. But, this never requires sacrificing fun. The record’s ability to bounce between moments so easily and fluidly is truly a testament to Aldean’s prowess as a country music star. And with such a rich catalogue of music, it’s easy to see why Aldean’s shows become huge events. 

Jason Aldean’s 2017 They Don’t Know Tour will be making its way down to New Orleans on October 26. If you’re a huge country fan, you already know this isn’t a show you can pass up. And if you’re not, make your way over anyway because Aldean is definitely a musician you want to see perform.

Jason Aldean will be live at Champions Square on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to livenation.com. 

In the wake of the horrendous events in Las Vegas on October 1, the staff at Where Y’at Magazine would like to send out our deepest sympathies to the victims of this atrocious crime and their families. Jason Aldean also released the following statement on his Facebook page. Please note that his performance in New Orleans will take place on October 26 as scheduled, but will now be in homage to those killed or injured in Vegas. 

"My heart aches for the victims and their families of this senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words I can say to take that pain away. Just know you all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate!”
–Jason Aldean, October 3, 2017

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