Jason Aldean On Speaking His Mind: ‘I’m Not Going To Be Quiet’

Jason Aldean admits he was told “not to stir the pot” as a new artist, but now that he’s older, he’s done holding his opinions back.


Lauren Jo Black

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October 16, 2023


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Jason Aldean; Photo by Theo Wargo

When Jason Aldean first burst onto the country music scene in 2005 he was advised to avoid controversy. As a new artist, he says he was told to avoid making waves, but now that he’s nearly two decades into his career, he’s decided that he’s no longer going to be holding his opinions back.    

The Georgia native opened up about his newfound way of thinking while co-hosting Country Countdown USA alongside Lon Helton over the weekend. When Helton asked Aldean if the controversy surrounding his hit, “Try That In A Small Town,” impacted him, the singer held nothing back. 

Unfiltered Opinions

“I think as a new artist, you’re told not to stir the pot. I’m older now, and I’m not going to be quiet,” he said, calling in from California while on his Highway Desperado Tour. “I think that may have rubbed people the wrong way.”

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

While he recognized that he may have offended some people, he also pointed out that he’s gained some fans along the way.  

“On the flip side, I feel like I’ve gotten new fans. So I’m at a point in my career where I’m not going to be intimidated,” he declared. “I don’t feel what I’m saying is wrong, so I’m not going to feel guilty about it.”

“Try That In A Small Town” Nearing The Top Of The Charts

“Try That In A Small Town,” Aldean’s song that caused quite the stir online upon the release of the music video, is nearing the top of the country radio charts. In August, Aldean celebrated his first-ever Billboard Hot 100 when the song claimed the No.1 spot on the all-genre chart. 

Jason Aldean - Highway Desperado
Jason Aldean – Highway Desperado

New Album Will Be Released On November 3

The song will be featured on Aldean’s forthcoming new album, HIGHWAY DESPERDO, arriving on November 3. The 14-track project is the superstar’s 11th studio release and includes three tracks co-written by Aldean. 

The album’s title drew inspiration from his recent sold-out headlining arena tour and his early years as a touring artist.

“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 previously shared in a statement. 

Photo Courtesy Jason Aldean
Photo Courtesy Jason Aldean

Previewed New Songs

Ahead of the project’s November 3 release, Aldean gave fans a taste of his new music with the release of songs like “Let Your Boys Be Country,” “Tough Crowd,” and the recently released “Whiskey Drink.” 

The latter is a mid-tempo breakup song that finds Aldean begging his “Whiskey Drink” to help him drown out the memories of his ex. While he recognizes, “it might take all night/ to get her off my mind,” he’s determined to let the intoxication take hold as he attempts to erase the painful memories.  It was co-written by Kurt Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Tully Kennedy, and John Morgan. 

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“Come on, kick in, whiskey drink/ I don’t wanna think, think, think/ About who she’s with or where she is/ Or how bad I miss her now/ Come on, cigarette/ Yeah, smoke out that regret/ Pour it straight and strong, make her memory gone/ Before you let me leave/ Come on, whiskey drink, oh/ Come on, whiskey drink,” Aldean sings on the chorus. 

Tour Underway

As his fans anticipate the arrival of the album, they can still catch him on tour through October 28 when the trek is set to wrap in Tampa, Florida at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. 

Jason Aldean’s next scheduled tour date is set for October 19 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 

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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.