Jason Aldean Announces ‘HIGHWAY DESPERADO’ Album and Shares New Song, ‘Let Your Boys Be Country’
Aldean co-wrote three songs on the project.
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Jason Aldean surprised fans with the announcement of his 11th studio album, HIGHWAY DESPERADO, along with the release of a brand new song, “Let Your Boys Be Country,” on Friday.
The reigning ACM Artist of the Decade is set to release the 14-track project on Friday, November 3, 2023. HIGHWAY DESPERADO follows Aldean’s double 10th studio album, MACON, GEORGIA, which spawned hits such as “Trouble with a Heartbreak” and “If I Didn’t Love You,” his chart-topping duet with Carrie Underwood.
Aldean revealed that the album’s title drew inspiration from his recent sold-out headlining arena tour and his early years as a touring artist.
11th Studio Album
“I think when I look back on it, I built my career early on my live show, and have been on the road touring since I was 18 years old. For us, touring is our favorite part. Getting on the bus and going town to town and playing our shows and doing our thing and seeing the fans… the title for the tour and album was really inspired from that,” he shared in a statement.
Aldean had a hand in writing three tracks on HIGHWAY DESPERADO, including the title track. The album also features his Hot 100 chart-topping single and current Top 10 Country radio hit, “Try That In A Small Town,” as well as the previously released “Tough Crowd.”
Out today is “Let Your Boys Be Country,” which was written by Jaron Boyer, Allison Veltz Cruz, and Micah Wilshire. The new track finds the Georgia native encouraging moms to let their sons embrace the country lifestyle.
“Let ‘em ride round in trucks/ Making backroad noise/ Let ‘em hang out on Friday / Get wild with the boys/ Let ‘em go to the woods in the cold/ Painted up camo green/ Yeah let ‘em Chase/ Let ‘em fall/ For a small-town girl/ Let everything inside these county lines/ Be his whole world/ You want him to grow up to be someone he’s damn proud to be/ Mommas let your boys be country,” Aldean sings on the chorus.
HIGHWAY DESPERADO Track Listing:
1. Tough Crowd- Kurt Allison, Marv Green, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher
2. Let Your Boys Be Country-Jaron Boyer, Allison Veltz Cruz, Micah Wilshire
3. Knew You’d Come Around-Kurt Allison, Ben Hayslip, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan
4. Hungover In A Hotel-Jason Aldean, Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, David Lee Murphy, Neil Thrasher
5. Try That In A Small Town-Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher
6. Whiskey Drink-Kurt Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan
7. Whose Rearview-Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan, Lydia Vaughn
8. I’m Over You-Josh Phillips, Michael Tyler, Micah Wilshire
9. Rather Watch You-Jessi Alexander, Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher
10. Breakup Breakdown-Jason Aldean, Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan, Lydia Vaughan
11. Get Away From You-Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan, Lydia Vaughn
12. Changing Bars-Kurt Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan
13. From This Beer On-Kurt Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan
14. Highway Desperado-Jason Aldean, Kurt Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Tully Kennedy, John Morgan
Produced by Michael Knox
On Tour Now
The album shares a name with Jason Aldean’s current HIGHWAY DESPERADO Tour, which runs through Saturday, October 28. The trek will make stops in Jacksonville, Florida (August 25) and Orange Beach, Alabama (August 26) this weekend.
REMAINING HIGHWAY DESPERADO 2023 TOUR DATES:
Fri Aug 25 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Sat Aug 26 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
Thu Sep 07 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Sep 08 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Sat Sep 09 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Thu Sep 14 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Fri Sep 15 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 16 –Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Thu Sep 21 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 22 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Sat Sep 23 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Thu Sep 28 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 29 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater
Sat Sep 30 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Thu Oct 05 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
Fri Oct 06 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Sat Oct 07 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Thu Oct 12 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
Fri Oct 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
Sat Oct 14 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Thu Oct 19 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Fri Oct 20 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Sat Oct 21 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Fri Oct 27 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Sat Oct 28 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
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