LISTEN: Jason Aldean Voices His Opinion On The State Of The World In New Single, ‘Try That In A Small Town’

This marks another release off the country singer’s forthcoming album.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 19, 2023


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Jason Aldean is delivering his opinion on the violence and destruction that he sees unfolding around him through his brand-new single, “Try That In A Small Town.”

Introducing the country/rock song to fans through social media, the reigning ACM Artist of the Decade explained that this song hits close to him as it reflects the current state of fear that he and many others around the world are experiencing on a daily basis. 

Aldean’s caption read, “To me, this song summarizes the way a lot people feel about the world right now. It seems like there are bad things happening on a daily basis, and that feels unfamiliar to a lot of us. This song sheds some light on that. Go give it a listen!”

Throughout the song, he shares examples of some of the devastation that has become the new norm including someone getting sucker punched on the sidewalk and an old lady getting carjacked, kinds of things which he says won’t fly in a small town. 

“Well, try that in a small town / See how far ya make it down the road / ‘Round here we take care of our own / You cross that line, it won’t take long / For you to find out, I recommend you don’t / Try that in a small town,” he delivers in the chorus. 


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Produced by Michael Knox and written by Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher, the fresh release features tried and true honesty amongst Aldean’s gritty, Georgia-raised vocals paired with electrifying guitar riffs and mid-tempo melody. 

“Try That In A Small Town” was unveiled to streaming platforms on Friday, May 19, and is slated to impact radio on Monday, May 22.

This song is the latest among Aldean’s releases from his forthcoming new album. Additionally, it follows his national television debut performance of another new track, “Tough Crowd,” which he presented on the ACM Awards on May 11, 2023 after a surprise release to fans. 

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Following a similar “country strong” mentality, “Tough Crowd” finds Aldean singing straight to his audience that generally includes “girls with tattoos, good ol’ boys in cowboy hats,” as well as “country ass, beer drinkin’, hell raisin’ go all nighters.”

He sings, “Talk about a tough crowd / Make you wanna 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 could see y’all now / Talk about a tough crowd / My kind of tough crowd.”

“Try That In A Small Town” and “Tough Crowd” both follow the Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum entertainer’s 10th career studio album, MACON, GEORGIA. This double project was named after his hometown of Macon, Georgia and features 20 new songs and an additional 10 live tracks. He unveiled the first half of the project in late 2021, and then released the completed record April 22, 2022. 

Jason Aldean - Georgia
Jason Aldean – Georgia

Among this collection was Aldean’s 27th career-charting No. 1 single, “Trouble With A Heartbreak,” and his fan-favorite duet with Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You” as the lead single. Not only did this hard-hitting ballad earn GRAMMY and Billboard nominations, but it also won ACM, CMT, and iHeart Awards.

Jason Aldean also recently announced his upcoming Highway Desperado TourProduced by Live Nation, the 39-city headlining tour kicks off on July 14 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY and is scheduled to make stops across the U.S. in Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix and more. This trek will come to a close in Tampa at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre on October 28. 

Mitchell Tenpenny will serve as direct support for Aldean, alongside openers Corey Kent and DJ Silver.

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

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


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

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


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


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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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.