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Aldean Rocks the Night Train – Free Concert

Posted on 10 November 2012 by editor

Jason Aldean marks the success of his new studio album with an electrifying live performance of new music.  Aldean is without a doubt one of the new superstars in country music.  Aldean says “The wide range of music I grew up listening to probably has a lot to do with the way I go about making music. My parents listened to a lot of country music. I loved country music, but I always loved different stuff too. I always thought great music was great music; I really didn’t care what genre it came out of.”

He connects like never before thanks to his connection with influences and by going with his gut “If I like the song and think it’s cool, I wanna cut it. Whatever happens to it from there on out is kinda outta my hands. All I can do is go and cut songs that I want on my record. It’s never been something that we’ve tried to force and prove a point.”

But don’t just compare the new “Night Train” stuff to “My Kinda Party.”  “What I hope is people listen to this record and don’t compare it to THAT album. It’s a completely different thing. This ‘Night Train’ album is an album that we had two years to go out and find songs for, plenty of time to go in the studio. We spent more time making this record than we have any other album. I feel like we have some of the best songs we’ve ever had on this record.”

Jason Describes His Music as “… a little bit raw. It’s not so perfect. It’s not pro-tooled to death. I’ve never wanted my records to sound like everybody else in Nashville.”

Take a look as his intimate yet powerful performance – a freebie from Walmart.

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What Everybody Ought To Know About Joe Diffie

Posted on 20 October 2012 by Bill West


Seems like there’s a new buzz about the country music of the 90′s.   Thanks to a fun cut on Jason Aldean’s platinum Album Night Train and a song called 1994.   The central figure of the song is Joe-Joe-Joe-Diffie!   The shout out to Diffie is a deserving moment to look back at Diffie’s solid career.

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Diffie is still doing his hit filled shows at casinos and honky-tonks across the country.   He just released the Diffie Family cookbook and has relaunched his website and we can see he’s tamed down that once legendary mullet!!

The biggest mark this Oklahoma native (born 12/28/58 in Tulsa Oklahoma) has made is a list of big hit songs.

After moving to Nashville in 1986 to work for Gibson Guitars Joe Diffie’s first single was a  song called “Home.”   Signed to Epic Records in 1990 he created most of hits hits under the Epic imprint. It hit number one in September of 1990 and it launched a string of notable hits.

“If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets,” hit Billboard #1 in April of ’91.    Just after the beginning of 1994  Diffie released multiple week #1′s including:  “Third Rock From The Sun,” “Pickup Man,” and “Bigger Than The Beatles” (1995).  Some of these songs also spawned notable music videos on CMT as the music video format began to created much higher visibility than country had seen before.    Diffie’s fun lyrics and almost novelty songs proved to be well suited for memorable videos.

Other big radio hits – but not necessarily #1 chart toppers – include “New Way To Light Up an Old Flame,” “Is It Cold In Here,” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die),” “John Deere Green,” “So Help Me Girl,”  and the late 90′s top tens “Texas Size Heartache,” A Night To Remember,” and “It’s Always Something.”

To this day a Joe Diffie concert offers a lot of OH WOW hits to pack into 90 minutes.

Diffie was also inducted as a member of the Grad Ole Opry in 1993.

Hey – Joe – Joe – Joe Diffie! with a new Aldean song giving him shout outs is there a new possibility of a comeback?

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Aldean Live Night Train

Posted on 18 October 2012 by editor

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Jason Aldean – Night Train Review

Posted on 16 October 2012 by Bill West


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Hold on to sumthin.  Jason Aldean‘s street cred is about to take off more like a rocket instead of a “Train”.  But his latest album -Night Train ( out everywhere now) is apt to surprise and get the attention of any remaining non believers.

Like other mainstream country stars in the past (Kenny Chesney, even Conway Twitty) Aldean has never really been  embraced as a critic’s artist and – probably because of the hat – Big New York media don’t “get him” — yet.   That should chance this week as Night Train is due for a massive release.     Unintentional buzz from TMZ plus a solid iTunes free listen (another opportunity radio just lost ) and a multiple week radio hit (Take A Little Ride) have set Aldean up for the biggest first week album sales of his career.

And the album is GOOD.    There’s a solid layer of the mainstream power country that has become his trademark (Feel That Again) plus surprising jaunts back into the spoken word (some say rap) songs.    Older country fans will get a kick out of the hilarious “1994″ a tribute to Joe Diffie of sorts.   Younger fans may decide to Google Diffie and discover some of the 90′s biggest hits.

Another buzz cut is “That’s The Only Way I Know” where Aldean recruits the red hot Eric Church and Luke Bryan to create something bigger than just a song.   Watch for Vocal event buzz.

Fifteen tracks deep there is a lot to feed the radio and the tour (announcement on 10/18?) machine.   The usual midtempo Aldean tunes sound almost perfected on this album and there are also some riskier tracks like Black Tears (yeah a stripper song).

Aldean is a true original and the stars are aligning to create another country superstar that is cool and bad-ass enough to cross over to pop and rock fans.

 

Grade:  A

Don’t Miss: 1994 (We’re ready for the “club” mix now thank you.)

Jason Aldean “Night Train” Track List

1. This Nothin’ Town (Busbee/Neil Thrasher/Wendell Mobley)
2. When She Says Baby (Rhett Akins/Ben Hayslip)
3. Feel That Again (Thrasher/Mobley/Vicky McGehee)
4. Wheels Rollin’ (Thrasher/Mobley/Hillary Lindsey)
5. Talk (Thrasher/Mobley)
6. The Only Way I Know (with Luke Bryan and Eric Church) (David Lee Murphy/Hayslip)
7. Take A Little Ride (Dylan Altman/Rodney Clawson/Jim McCormick)
8. I Don’t Do Lonely Well (Thrasher/Tom Shapiro/Chuck Wicks)
9. Night Train (Thrasher/Michael Dulaney)
10. 1994 (Rhett/Luke Laird/Barry Dean)
11. Staring At The Sun (Thrasher/Mobley/Tony Martin)
12. Drink One For Me (Thrasher/Mobley/Martin)
13. Black Tears (Canaan Smith/Tyler Hubbard)
14. Walking Away (David Lee Murphy/Rodney Clawson)
15. Water Tower (Jason Sellers/Paul Jenkins/Dulaney)

 

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Aldean’s Night Train set to Depart With Take A Ride

Posted on 21 August 2012 by editor


night trainNashville, TN – Aug. 20, 2012 – MULTI-PLATINUM and award winning entertainer Jason Aldean had an easy task when he picked a name for his fifth album for Broken Bow Records, out Oct. 16.  One of its 15 songs, “Night Train,” perfectly embodied the tone of his career.  The train is moving, and it’s moving at a rapid pace.

NIGHT TRAIN’s lead single, driving country/rocker “Take A Little Ride,” sold more digital downloads in its first week than any male country artist in history.  Currently approaching the Top 10 on the Billboard country songs chart in just its fourth week, the song was Aldean’s highest chart debut to date.

“I feel really great about the songs we recorded for this album,” said Aldean.  “There are some surprises on there that might raise a few eyebrows, and there’s also some more traditional stuff too.  I don’t like being put in a box, and I think with every record, we’ve had a lot of variety…’Night Train’ is no different.  I got to do a cool uptempo song with Luke (Bryan) and Eric (Church), who’ve both been out with me over the last two years.  I love collaborations like that, and I think the fans dig it when artists get together…it keeps it interesting.”

The new album expressly builds on Aldean’s reputation for finding quality songs and for defying categorization.  It covers broad turf and is held together by Aldean’s unique voice and by his refusal to stick with one sonic or lyrical theme.  NIGHT TRAIN takes a twisting journey, transporting the listener through a variety of emotions and distinctive instrumental sounds, adding to Aldean’s reputation as an unpredictable, uncontainable hard rocking country artist.

Longtime producer Michael Knox is back for the fifth time, along with Aldean’s road band that, in a departure from country’s status quo, have played on every song he’s recorded in his career, creating the unique synergy between Aldean’s records and live show that he’s become known for.

“There’s no formula to music,” Aldean notes. “It’s meant to be experimented with. You’re supposed to try things. So I love getting in there with my guys and coming up with sounds that nobody else really uses.”

NIGHT TRAIN Track List:

1. This Nothin’ Town 
(busbee / Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley)
 

2. When She Says Baby
(Rhett Akins / Ben Hayslip)

 

3. Feel That Again
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Vicky McGehee)

 

4. Wheels Rollin
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Hillary Lindsey)
 

5. Talk
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley)

 

6. The Only Way I Know (with Luke Bryan and Eric Church)
(David Lee Murphy / Ben Hayslip)

 7. Take A Little Ride
(Dylan Altman / Rodney Clawson / Jim McCormick)

8. I Don’t Do Lonely Well
(Neil Thrasher / Tom Shapiro / Chuck Wicks)

9. Night Train
(Neil Thrasher / Michael Dulaney)

 

10. 1994
(Thomas Rhett / Luke Laird / Barry Dean)

 

11. Staring At The Sun
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Tony Martin)

12. Drink One For Me
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Tony Martin)

13. Black Tears
(Canaan Smith / Tyler Hubbard)

 14. Walking Away
(David Lee Murphy / Rodney Clawson)

15. Water Tower
(Jason Sellers / Paul Jenkins / Michael Dulaney)

NIGHT TRAIN follows Aldean’sprevious disc MY KINDA PARTY, the reigning CMA and Billboard Album of the Year.  Since its release in Nov. 2010 the album has sold nearly three million copies, spent 92 weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and spawned five consecutive No. one hits including the first ever TRIPLE PLATINUM digital single by a male country artist, “Dirt Road Anthem,” and the three-week chart-topper “Don’t You Wanna Stay” feat. Kelly Clarkson.If his career is a runaway train, the real engine is his live show. Over the course of a single year, Aldean came into his own as a concert attraction – where he once crossed his fingers that he could sell out 6,000-seat venues, he’s moved to stadiums now.  He’s sold out each of the shows on his 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR presented by State Farm®, – often in minutes at the day of on sale.   He has broken over 40 venue attendance records and the tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets.

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