Jason Aldean Drops Surprise New Song

“Tough Crowd” is Aldean’s first new release since he dropped his Macon, Georgia album.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 8, 2023


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Jason Aldean; Photo by Brian Higbee

Jason Aldean surprised fans with the release of a brand-new song, “Tough Crowd.”

On Monday (May 8), the country superstar took to social media to share the exciting news of his newest release.

“Aldean Army, this one’s for you,” the Georgia native wrote on Instagram.

“This is just a song to me that talks about our fans…about us onstage getting a bird’s-eye view of our fans that come in all shapes and sizes and colors,” Aldean shared in a press release. “It’s just really cool to look out and just see those people from all different walks of life come together for a show and have fun.”

Produced by Michael Knox and co-written by Kurt Allison, Marv Green, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher, “Tough Crowd” serves as a tribute to the Aldean Army.

“I see girls with tattoos / good ol’ boys and cowboys / I see a few soldiers here tonight / welcome back / We got some country ass beer drinkin’ hell raisin’ go all nighters / we got some dirt turnin’ diesel burnin’ hard workin’ 9 to 5ers,” Aldean sings on the first verse, detailing what he sees each time he steps onto the stage.

Jason Aldean; Photo by Brian Higbee
Jason Aldean; Photo by Brian Higbee

Aldean then went on to honor his loyal fans on the chorus.

“Talk about a tough crowd / make you want to turn it up loud / raise the roof tonight / and make the red, white, and blue proud / yeah / here’s to country strong I wish y’all see right now / talk about a tough crowd,” Aldean sings.

Listen to Jason Aldean’s new song “Tough Crowd” below.


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The tune marks Aldean’s first new music since the release of his double album, Macon, Georgia. 

The project, which paid tribute to his hometown and served as his tenth studio album, features 10 live tracks and 20 new originals, including the chart-topping hits “Trouble with a Heartbreak” and “If I Didn’t Love You” with Carrie Underwood as well as his current single “That’s What Tequila Does.”

With 27 No. 1 hits, 15 billion streams and more than 20 million albums sold to date, Jason Aldean recently earned his 35th career ACM Awards nomination. Aldean is up for one nod in the coveted Entertainer Of The Year category alongside Morgan Wallen, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, and Carrie Underwood.

“Thank u! Always an honor to be nominated. Let’s get it! #ACMawards 🔥🤘🏼” he previously shared.

In addition to being nominated, the 15-time ACM Award winner will also take the stage to perform at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards. 

Co-hosted by Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton, the 2023 ACM Awards will take place on May 11, 2023, and broadcast live from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas via Prime Video at 8/7c.

Later this summer, Jason Aldean will embark on his 41-city headlining trek, dubbed the Highway Desperado Tour.

Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Produced by Live Nation, the Highway Desperado Tour will kick off on July 14 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY, making stops across the U.S. in Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix and more before wrapping up in Tampa at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre on October 28.

Mitchell Tenpenny, Corey Kent and Dee Jay Silver will serve as support on the trek.

Additionally, Jason is also scheduled to perform at several festivals later this year, including Country Jam, Nebraskaland Days, Country Thunder Wisconsin, Tidalwave Festival and more.

Highway Desperado 2023 Tour Dates


14 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

15 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre

16 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

27 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

28 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

29 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski


4 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium

5 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre

6 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

10 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

11 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

18 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

19 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Amphitheater

24 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena

25 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

26 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater


7 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

8 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre

9 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

14 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

15 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

16 –Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

21 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

22 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

23 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre

28 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

29 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

30 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater

Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski


5 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre

6 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

7 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

12 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center+

13 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

14 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena

19 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena

20 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

21 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center

27 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

28 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

For a full list of Jason Aldean’s upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.