Jason Aldean is “Back In The Saddle” and ready to party.
The country superstar and Georgia native’s highly-anticipated Back In The Saddle Tour made a stop in Camden, NJ at the BB&T Pavilion as part of 92.5 XTU’s annual anniversary show on Saturday (Aug. 14).
Aldean’s electrifying 23-song set featured performances of some of his biggest hits, including “She’s Country,” “Burnin’ It Down,” “You Make It Easy,” “Amarillo Sky,” and his 25th chart-topping single “Blame It On You.”
The three-time ACM Entertainer Of The Year also performed his latest single, “If I Didn’t Love You,” a track that features fellow superstar Carrie Underwood. While Underwood was not present at the show in physical form, she did lend her vocals via a previously recorded performance clip, singing her verses of the song and harmonizing flawlessly with Aldean via a video screen that filled the entire backdrop of the stage.
“Over the last year, we haven’t been sitting at home, we were actually working on a brand new album for you guys that’ll be out later this year. We just finished recording our tenth album,” Aldean told the capacity crowd. “And just a couple weeks ago, actually, we released the very first single off that album. This is a song that I kind of needed a little bit of help on. So, I called up a friend of mine, somebody who I think is one of the best singers of our generation, Ms. Carrie Underwood.”
The country hitmaker continued, “And so, luckily for us, she liked the song and agreed to do this thing and so we just started playing this thing a couple days ago right. You guys are going to be one of the first to hear this or at least hear the live version of it anyway.”
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The Back In The Saddle Tour showcased Aldean’s showmanship alongside a visually stunning production that brought his hits to life in a creative way, allowing for a truly immersive experience.
HARDY served as direct support and truly shined with his impressive songwriting abilities while also displaying his confidence as a singer. Throughout his 10-song set, the Mississippi native demanded the sold-out crowd’s attention with song’s from his debut album, A Rock, including “Truck,” “Boots,” “Give Heaven Some Hell,” and his first No. 1 as an artist “One Beer.” The Big Loud artist also covered Puddle Of Mudd’s “Blurry” and shared his rendition of Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country,” a song he co-wrote alongside Devin Dawson and Jordan Schmidt.
“To say that I have a few hits as a songwriter that I don’t sing myself and I’m very proud of that,” HARDY said. “I’m a songwriter and I care very much about making people feel something, if you don’t know that about me, you do now.”
He later added, “one song in particular that I wrote that changed my life forever a couple years ago. I feel like it could not be more relevant then right now because quite frankly there’s a whole lot of sh*t going on in this country that I don’t agree with. That being said, you got to do what you do everyday. Here’s a lesson I’ve learned about this song, everybody’s got somewhere their proud of, we’re all from somewhere, but no matter where you’re from, no matter where you grew up, this country we live in; This ain’t my country and it ain’t your country. You know why? Because this is ‘God’s Country.’”
One of Country music’s most buzzed-about rising stars, Lainey Wilson, put her signature “Bell Bottom Country” sound on full display as she showcased tracks from her debut effort, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, including “Straight Up Sideways,” “WWDD” and her chart-climbing single “Things A Man Oughta Know.”
Opening the show was John Morgan, a recent signee to Aldean’s label, Night Train Records.
Ryan Hurd, Dillon Carmichael, Elvie Shane and Callista Clark also performed during the 92.5 XTU anniversary show.