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A prominent Country Music singer from Macon, Georgia. Jason Aldean, (born Jason Aldine Williams, February 28, 1977) didn't exactly get off to a running start. Although he first hooked up with producer Michael Knox in the late 1990s, it took several failed record deals (including one with juggernaut Capitol Records) before the independent Broken Bow Records signed him in 2005.

Aldean's first album was a solid enough release, bringing him three straight top 10 hits on the country charts, including the #1 hit "Why". The album included several co-writes from Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich. He had the inevitable Sophomore Slump with Relentless, but came back strong with Wide Open. This third album produced three straight #1 hits, including "She's Country", which was the biggest country hit of 2009, and the ubiquitous "Big Green Tractor". And just to prove that he's back for good, My Kinda Party has produced five hits, including the Kelly Clarkson duet "Don't You Wanna Stay". His subsequent albums have seen almost all of their singles top the charts, including "The Only Way I Know", a Massive Multiplayer Crossover with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, plus the electropop "Burnin' It Down", written by Florida Georgia Line. The same duo also wrote the rocking "Lights Come On", the lead single to They Don't Know, and the mellow ballad "You Make It Easy" from Rearview Town.

Aldean is known for being more rock-influenced than his peers, which is saying a lot in a genre that is already showing a great deal of rock influence in the mainstream. Expect loud electric guitar over steel, although "The Truth" and "Big Green Tractor" show he can do a more typical country sound if he wants.


  • Jason Aldean (2005)
  • Relentless (2007)
  • Wide Open (2009)
  • My Kinda Party (2010)
  • Night Train (2012)
  • Old Boots, New Dirt (2014)
  • They Don't Know (2016)
  • Rearview Town (2018)
  • 9 (2019)
  • MACON (2021)

Tropes present in Aldean's work:

  • Advertised Extra: Miranda Lambert contributes a barely-noticeable backing vocal on "Drowns the Whiskey".
  • Bowdlerize:
    • "Johnny Cash" got hit with this. The original version has a spoken "screw you, man" after the first line, which is either played as-is, muted, or replaced with "I'm outta here". Some stations also excise "Here that train comin', rollin' round the bend / The Man in Black gonna rock your ass again" from the end.
    • Two examples happen in "Dirt Road Anthem". In Colt Ford's original version, he says "Man this shit is gettin old". Jason changed it to "Man that talk is gettin old", "knock that loud ass out" was changed to "knock that loud mouth out".
  • Chronological Album Title: 9
  • Country Rap: "Dirt Road Anthem", written by Country Rap artist Colt Ford and later remixed with Ludacris.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Shannon Brown's version of "Why" has all of the second-person pronouns in the song as first-person pronouns. The difference between Aldean's "Why do I do that to you?" and Brown's "Why do you do that to me?" change the tone of the song immediately. Aldean's is about a man who wants to change and is asking his girlfriend (but really himself) why he lets his temper get the better of him in arguments. Brown's is from the POV of the woman experiencing the temper, and definitely has a "woman stuck in an emotionally abusive relationship with a man who won't let her go" feel about it.
  • Cover Version: Two notable ones, a Spotify exclusive version of "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" by Garth Brooks, and his live cover of "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty from Saturday Night Live.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: "Drowns the Whiskey" is about a man trying and failing to do this, stating that her "memory always drowns the whiskey" instead.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: Usually done in concert with "Hicktown". The album version does it as well, but the single edit cuts it off.
  • Fan Flattering: Done in "Lights Come On":
    Here's a little something to thank y'all for showing up
    Aldean and the boys about to blow it up
  • Flyover Country: Referenced in "Fly Over States", in which he sings the praises of the hard workers found in said regions after hearing two businessmen talk about the stereotypes associated with it. The first verse, from the businessmen's perspective, provides the page quote.
  • Idiosyncratic Album Theming: From Old Boots, New Dirt onward, each album's lead single has been co-written by at least one half of Florida Georgia Line ("Burnin' It Down", "Lights Come On","You Make It Easy", "We Back").
  • Intercourse with You: "Burnin' It Down" is a make-out ballad.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Duets between two top artists in country are rare enough, but "The Only Way I Know" has Luke Bryan and Eric Church sharing the lead.
  • New Sound Album: Old Boots New Dirt introduced pop and R&B elements to his usual country-rock sound.
  • Performance Video: "Don't You Wanna Stay"; the video is just their performance at the Country Music Association Awards.
  • Power Ballad: "Don't You Wanna Stay".
  • Product Placement:
    • "Hicktown" is full of it: Ford Bronco, White Rain hair spray, Pall Mall cigarettes, Amoco gas stationsnote , and Kraco speakers.
    • "Take a Little Ride" originally contained the line "Grab a little Shiner Bock". Only a few days after the single's release, Aldean had signed an endorsement deal with Coors, so his label reissued the song with the lyric changed to "Grab a couple Rocky tops" and asked that stations play that version instead.
  • Record Producer: He has been exclusively produced by Michael Knox, son of rock-and-roll singer Buddy Knox. Also, his road band doubles as the production team New Voice Entertainment, who have produced for labelmates Thompson Square and Parmalee (and for David Fanning, a member of said road band who has released a couple singles of his own).
  • Shout-Out: "1994" repeatedly name-drops Joe Diffie and several of his songs.
  • Signature Style: Most of his songs have very loud, raw, Southern rock-influenced production. This of course has spawned legions of imitators.
  • Totally Radical: Both "Lights Come On" and "We Back" use street slang.