Jason Aldean has just announced on “Good Morning America” that he’s due to double down on his touring plans this year, launching a summer assault with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr in tow.
The ‘Burn It Down’ tour launches May 1 and will see Aldean play almost 50 cities, including numerous stops in baseball stadiums.
Aldean’s tour announcement answers the singer’s week worth of cryptic clues revealed from his Facebook page. Among the clues were a picture of Screech from ‘Saved by the Bell’ (actor Dustin Diamond), fire, a baseball seat and a box of matches. He’s partnered with Major League Baseball for the tour.
At present, the details of the tour are a little scarce, beyond the fact, of course, that it exists and excepting extenuating circumstances, will definitely happen.
That said, on Thursday afternoon, Aldean announced that Nationals Park in Washington D.C., Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PNC Park in Pittsburgh and Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati were confirmed baseball stadiums for 2014.
The only confirmed dates thus far include shows in Roanoke, Virginia on May 1st, State College, Pennsylvania on May 2nd, Atlantic City on May 3rd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 25th, Jacksonville, Florida on June 14th, and Twin Lakes, Minnesota on July 27th. Dates will be revealed in the coming months for shows in numerous other places, including Chicago, Toronto, San Diego, Detroit, Tampa and Houston, among others.
According to his spot on “Good Morning America”, Aldean told host Robin Roberts that his baseball obsession came from his desire to become one professionally, but “the problem is, I didn’t have any power.”
Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr are long time road collaborators with Aldean, and both are currently on the 2014 Night Train Tour with Aldean.
iHeartRadio love country music so much that they’ve dedicated a whole festival to it.
The inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival is due to take place on March 29th in Austin, Texas, and will feature music from country heavyweights like Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen. Additional acts are still to be announced.
“The response to our country performers at the last three iHeartRadio Music Festivals was so incredible we decided to create an entire show just for them,” John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, said in a statement. “It will be a country fan’s dream and a testament to the power of country music and recognition of the stature of these artists.”
As well as announcing the first round of acts set to play the festival, Clear Channel are also set to launch a contest at more than 120 Clear Channel stations across the nation through which fans will be able to win a trip to Austin to attend.
The festival will be streamed by Clear Channel and its stations for those who cannot make the trip to Austin.
Underwood also commented on how fun she’s expecting the 2014 iHeartRadio Country Festival to be for fans and artists alike, saying, “It’s going to be a big party for all of us.”
“I’ve been lucky enough in my life to go to lots of different other genre concerts as a fan, and I think I would rather be in a country crowd than any other crowd, just because they’re fun, they’re singing along, they’re dancing, everybody’s cool to one another,” she added.
Bayou Country Superfest announced today that George Strait, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice and more are set to appear at the 5th annual festival, scheduled for May 23th, 24th & 25th, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, the Bayou Country Superfest brings country music fans from across the continent to Baton Rouge for a holiday weekend of country music, tailgating and good old fashioned fun. What’s more exciting is that this year festival organizers have added an additional day of festivities on Friday for your listening enjoyment.
Country music legend George Strait is set to fulfill headlining duties on Friday May 23rd as part of the final stretch of his “The Cowboy Rides Away” Tour, while Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, takes over the headlining reins on night two of the festival. Modern country icon Jason Aldean will take center stage on Sunday May 25th, closing out the festival weekend.
Quint Davis, producer/director of the Bayou Country Superfest said, “For the 5th anniversary, we are taking the Country Superfest to another level! It doesn’t get any more exciting than adding a third night to present George Strait’s farewell tour plus Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Reba and Eric Church over three huge days of country music.”
We couldn’t agree with you more, Quint. You’ve stacked up quite the bill of Country music heavyweights.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne added, “Happy fifth birthday Bayou Country Superfest! We are thrilled to partner with the Festival once again to bring country music fans from all over the world to Baton Rouge on Memorial Day Weekend to enjoy the biggest names in the business. We are especially excited about the Festival adding an additional day, featuring George Strait, meaning an even bigger economic impact on the city and state.”
Stagecoach, Coachella’s country sibling, is set to be headlined by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church next year. Stagecoach 2014 runs from Friday, April 25th, through Sunday, April 27th, and will once again take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Event promoters Goldenvoice announced the line-up on Thursday, and confirmed that Ashley Monroe, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, Tyler Farr, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert and many more modern country stars would also be making appearances at the event.
The festival line-up looks set to include the cream of new-country’s musical crop, as well as a nod to some of the genre’s seasoned veterans, including Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Brenda Lee, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Conlee, Crystal Gayle, Don McLean, Susanna Hoffs, Asleep at the Wheel and Michael Nesmith.
All three headliners are no stranger to one another having sung together on Aldean’s hit single “The Only Way I Know”, which won the 2013 CMT award for Collaborative Video of the Year.
It seems reasonable to assume that the three headliners will primarily play in support of their respective latest albums. Luke Bryan’s most recent, Crash My Party, was released on August 13th of this year, and has already spawned two mega-hits, “Crash My Party” and “That’s My Kind Of Night”. Aldean’s latest, Night Train, was released last October which, in cyber-time, is about 20 years, so fingers crossed he’ll surprise the Stagecoach crowd with some new material. Eric Church released a live album earlier this year, but his last studio effort came back in 2011 with Chief.
The CMA Music Festival may look like a musical fanfare, but it’s actually a mad scavenger hunt to try to piece together which surprise artists will find their way to the LP Field stage each night. Already this weekend we’ve seen impromptu performances from Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Rogers and Jason Mraz. Most festivals would kill for a top line of performers like that, but at CMA they are just fun treats. While I was waiting to get into the photo pit this evening, I happened to see one of the security personnel’s schedule for the evening. Beyond the high wattage stars that were already public knowledge (Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley), there were a few eye popping names that I thought couldn’t possibly be right. Sure enough, Lenny Kravitz, Jason Aldean and Trisha Yearwood just helicoptered in to play a few. I think CMA just made every other country music festival irrelevant. I’ll let you decide if that is a good thing.
So we got a tease of the Oak Ridge Boys Thursday night when they sung the national anthem. Tonight, they opened the music. These boys have been around forever. Everyone knows “Elvira.” That is the song not the busty vampiress. That is one of the Oak Ridge Boys signature tunes. It’s a bit fitting that the band were introduced to the stage by the principles actors of Duck Dynasty.
The Oak Ridge Boys did roll out “Elvira” as well as a few quick songs to fill out their 15 minutes set. They thanked the CMAs for inviting them to play with all of the young country artists. They said it was important to know where we’ve come from which was the perfect transition into their tribute to George Jones. They sang “Same Old Me” as photographs of the country legend cycled through on the big screens. George’s wife, Nancy, was there and thanked the crowd for supporting her during this rough time. With George’s passing only a couple weeks past, the loss weighed heavy on the festival and its fans. He seemed ever present.
The Florida Georgia Line hit the main stage next. These boys have had quite the run over the past year. Last year, they were playing in the parking lot outside of LP Field, and now they’ve jumped to the main stage. Brian Kelley (Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (Georgia) came out full of energy, ready to rock this stadium. They opened the evening with “It’z Just What We Do.”
Their latest album Get Your Shine On was released back in January and they’ve been touring pretty much non-stop ever since. In their brief four song set, they trotted out all of their singles from “Round Here” to “Shine On.” They lit the crowd on fire with their number one single “Cruise” which provided the rocket fuel to their instant rise to fame.
So we know that Lenny Kravitz and Jason Aldean are due up next (the crowd is still in the dark on this one), but we don’t know what the format is going to be. For those scratching their heads trying to figure out how Lenny Kravitz factors into country music, he was at the CMT Awards on Wednesday night and performed a duet with Jason Aldean. The CMA organizers must have asked him to stick around to reprise his genre-bending performance at the festival.
For Kravitz’s rock fans out there, I don’t think there is any worry about him pulling a Darius Rucker and jumping ship for country. He played his rock catalog during his CMA set including favorites like “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “Let Love Rule.” This was Lenny’s set and Jason Aldean would come out to lend a hand. Once the chords of “American Woman” began rifling out, Aldean hit the stage. I can’t say this was the most natural pairing, but its oddness somehow worked in its favor. I may be in the minority, but I thought it was great to get a little rock infusion in this country event.
Dierks Bentley started off his six song set with his hit single “Free and Easy Down the Road I Go.” He brought the full band along with him, and they would frequently come together at center stage for a jamathon. He highlighted a new song “Bourbon in Kentucky.” The crowd got all worked up into a tizzy when he said he needed to call on a special guest to help him out, but it wasn’t the guest they were hoping for. Instead of Kasey Musgraves, seasoned Nashville songwriter Hillary Lindsey displayed her vocal talents onstage.
After playing tracks like “Up on the Ridge” and “What Was I Thinkin’,” he stopped for a second to say he’d love to be sitting out there in the audience drinking a cold beer with the crowd and witnessing the greatest country show on earth. He lit up LP Field when he asked everyone to get out their cell phones for “Home.” It was a stirring tribute to our military who put their lives on the line every day to fight for our freedom.
American Idol season one winner and pop queen Kelly Clarkson was up next. She was a bottle of contradictions, equal parts ecstatic and anxious. She is newly engaged yet she didn’t know where she misplaced her ring. This worry became a recurring theme throughout the evening. Maybe officiant Blake Shelton knows. She was also worried because this was the first country festival she’d played. Although she is firmly entrenched in Top 40 pop, you could hear the country influence peak out on a few of her songs.
She highlighted chart topping tracks like “Stronger” and “Because of You.” Jason Aldean even came out to sing a duet with Clarkson. Kelly won the nightly popularity contest as she scored not one, but two guest stars. To close the evening, she dusted off an old Garth Brooks tune “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up).” Who better to help her out on a Garth song than his wife, Trisha Yearwood. The two sounded great together even if Trisha needed some crib notes so she didn’t muck up her husband’s lyrics. Hopefully, this performance is a tune up to a Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood tour in 2014
That leads us up to the star of the evening, Keith Urban. He opened things with “Long Hot Summer” in the cool breeze of the Tennessee night. He’s recognized as one of the greatest guitarists in music. He would frequently pull away mid song to let his guitar loose. It would run and run until he yanked it back into submission. I mean this isn’t a Phish concert after all.
Urban just looks like a rock star with his well-cultivated physique, tattoos and tussled hair. The audience’s love bridged the oceanic divide for the Aussie import. He played crowd favorites like “You Look Good in My Shirt” and told them he wished the set could go on all night long. On his farewell notes of the evening, a burst of fireworks towered over the back walls of LP Field. It was a nice punctuation mark for a great night of country music.
Well the CMA Fest may have taken a bit of a breather last night, but it punched things back to full throttle once again Saturday night. Lenny Kravitz and Jason Aldean took a solid bill and shot it through the roof. Trisha Yearwood’s appearance was brief, but special since fans rarely get to see her live anymore. Guest stars are great, but Keith Urban was the undeniable star of the evening.
We enter our final day of coverage of the CMA Music Festival. We close things out with a bang with Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Jake Owen. I think it’s pretty safe to say we’ll see a few special additions this evening. The question is always who. Check in with us tomorrow as we wrap up our fantastic time at the CMA Festival.
Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett and Jason Aldean are among the big names in music that have signed on to appear at a benefit concert for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration” will take place May 30 at TD Garden Arena in the city, and net ticket proceeds will benefit the One Fund, Boston. The fund was set up last month by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to benefit those most affected by the bombings.
Aerosmith are among the many artists that call Boston home and will appear at the event. Others include James Taylor, New Kids on the Block, Boston and Dane Cook. Additional notable artists appearing include Carole King, J. Geils Band, Godsmack, Steven Wright and Extreme.
“The One Fund event at the Garden this May 30th is destined to be a true Boston landmark,” said James Taylor in a release about the event. “From the promoters to the sound and lights, to the performers and the Garden staff; everyone involved has responded from the heart in a spontaneous and simultaneous desire to be there, and to do what we can for the city we love. I am honored to be a part of it, and… I can’t wait.”
NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg also weighed in on the importance of the cause.
“Like so many other proud Bostonians who have been extremely generous, we are honored to step up and do our part to help the victims and their families,” Wahlberg said. “Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well.”
Tickets for the event will range from $35 to $285, and these include all fees. All tickets will be sold as paperless tickets to help ensure all proceeds go to the One Fund.
Next year’s festival will be the second annual country music event, and will be held August 2-4, 2013 in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The Band Perry and Dean Brody were also among the first artists announced for the upcoming event, and more acts will be revealed in future months.
Last year’s festival featured acts including Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock and Alabama. The event drew between 40,000 and 65,000 concertgoers, depending on which report you read, and however many people were there, they all braved inclement weather throughout much of the festival.
In a press release, Shannon McNevan, managing director/partner of presenter Republic Live 2013 Inc, said fan input contributed to improvements that will be made for the 2013 incarnation of the event.
“We weren’t joking when we said we wanted your help to make Boots and Hearts the best country festival out there, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to make that happen,” McNevan said. “Thankfully we received a boatload of input from our attendees this past summer and our audience has really helped drive the improvements to our 2013 event. As a result, we’ve incorporated free parking and tent camping for anyone who purchases a full-event general admission ticket, free access for children 12 and under and more toilets, showers and on-site experiences for people to enjoy, and we’re just getting started.”
Tickets come as three-day passes, but festival goers also can purchase one-day tickets to each day of the event.
The Boots and Hearts Festival is heralded as “the largest country music festival of its kind ever to be hosted on Canadian soil. It is a three-day celebration of music and art where music lovers of all genres can escape from the rigors of daily life, band together with thousands of other country music fans and experience a once-in-a-lifetime event they will never forget.”
As country singers go, Jason Aldean has a voice and a style that absolutely drip of stereotypes, laid on so thick as to seem like a caricature, but he’s so insanely good at it that nobody seems to mind that he might be playing it up a little. Maybe a lot.
Night Train is his fifth album, and another that tries to hit every single base and check every last box on the country to-do list. He’s got more than a few songs about his misadventures with womenfolk, odes to the good ol’ days, ballads to his pickup truck and refrains on a crumbling economy. He even serenades a water tower. If you only buy one country record this year you probably won’t miss much if you make it this one.
‘The Only Way I Know’ is about being a country badass, with country badass friends Luke Bryan and Eric Church along to lend him some support, or at least lend the impression that they three might be able to kick a cow right the hell over. It’s an anthemic and good enough song to be a favorite of young men in many a small town, and the album has enough of this going on to make that the target demographic.
‘Take a Little Ride’ wants to be of the same basic design, but it seems to describe one of the most mundane days in Jason’s life. It’s musically presented and set up like an epic night of freedom in his Chevy, but I don’t know that it is completely successful. He describes washing his truck and stopping at a convenience store to buy some beer on his way to a friend’s house, like the country version of Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’.
An interesting and elucidating aside about ‘Take a Little Ride’: The brand of beer Jason purchased that glorious afternoon has been changed since the song originally debuted on the radio, to reflect an endorsement deal with Coors. I’m not sure how offended to be or whether that really matters, but it does seem like a tune of this design– that is very self-focused and about nothing if not the experience of being Jason Aldean– should reflect the truth, not simply who pays him the most to pretend that’s what he did on Tuesday. Country music is perhaps second only to rap in the requirement for artists to be real and relatable.
He does come across as genuine in other places, and in particular when he sings of the woman or women in his life. He can seem absolutely self-deprecating on these songs, which is the second most common theme on Night Train. On ‘Walking Away’ he sings of beautiful women and the fact that they should run away from him like a monster, and ‘When She Says Baby’ paints the picture of a woman’s ability to stop his apparent drunken rampages by offering up her body to calm him. It’s not a particularly flattering set of images, but that’s probably why it comes across as heartfelt.
The only moment on this album that breaks away from a blueprint on how to build a country song is ‘1994’, which is slightly weird but also kind of fun. Jason and I agree that 1994 was one of the best years for music in recent-ish memory, but I can’t say for certain that I have any idea what he was listening to. I scarcely understand a reference in this song, but I think he’s trying his hand at a hiphop motif.
My own favorite track is ‘Wheels Rollin’, because it seems to sum up everything Jason Aldean and his music are about. It’s a song about being out on the road, traveling the country and performing music in different towns. While there are countless songs about the very same thing out there I think just about every one of them should be considered among the most important in the catalogs of their creators. The lyrics are very positive, as Jason sings about his love for performing, how comfortable he is on stage, how much he feeds off of it, but the music actually feels quite foreboding and dark. I like that, too.
If you’re interested in a very paint-by-numbers approach to country music, Night Train was designed from the ground up to be your favorite album of the year. It’s got a little bit of everything, and while it is probably not the most natural or organic album of its type it has a few moments that save it from being completely puerile.
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Image Courtesy of Broken Bow Records
The 2013 rodeo season will be held from Monday, February 25 through Saturday, March 16 at Reliant Stadium. Additionally, a special concert-only performance will take place following the Rodeo events on Sunday, March 17 to close out the festival. This show will feature George Strait, Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band.
In all, there will be 20 RodeoHouston performances taking place during this year’s event. Those wanting to attend multiple events can purchase season tickets for all shows, or mini-season tickets that include nine performances. The George Strait concert is an optional purchase for all buyers.
Keith will kick off the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with his show on February 25. Lovato will co-headline a show on March 3 with Austin Mahone, and Aldean’s performance will be held on March 11. Finally, Luke Bryan will close out the last regular night of the rodeo on March 16.
Aldean has been in the news recently as he prepares to see if he will take home the Entertainer of the Year honors at tonight’s (November 1) CMA Awards that will be held in Nashville. When asked about what he’d do if he wins, Aldean told “Taste of Country Nights” that he will party, though he wants to stay out of the tabloid spotlight – something he’s struggled with in the past.
“I’ve been in the news enough, I’m done,” he told host Jeremy Robinson. “Between (the news of photos of him kissing Brittany Kerr) and my beach thing, my beach rampage that I went off on beach patrol this last summer I think I’m gonna just be quiet from now on.”
Aldean, who is married, was photographed kissing former “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr in a bar. The beach comment concerned an incident earlier this year after Aldean was issued a ticket on a beach and took to Twitter to defend himself.
Jason Aldean has announced the initial dates for his stadium tour next year, including a history making stop at Boston’s historic Fenway Park.
Aldean will become the first country singer to play at the home of the Boston Red Sox when he performs at Fenway Park on July 13, 2013. In addition to this date, Aldean will also become the first performer to ever hold a concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. This show will take place April 13, 2013.
The final date announced will be at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field on July 20. Other dates will be announced later, and not all will be at stadiums. Aldean explained that these stadiums were chosen because they have special meaning for him.
“I didn’t want to pick a handful of stadiums just to say we were going to play stadiums, I wanted to play places that were special to me,” Aldean told TheBoot.com. “Iconic ballparks like Fenway and Wrigley, I’d much rather play somewhere like that than somewhere that’s only been around for a year… Being from Georgia and being a big [University of] Georgia fan, this was number one on my list, but they’ve never had a show here, so it was one of those things, ‘That would be really cool, but they’ve never done it before and I don’t know if they’ll let us do it.’ It started from there, and big props to Live Nation and my management team for really getting the ball rolling and getting the University of Georgia on board with it. This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been about any of my shows.”
Aldean visited Boston, Chicago and Athens, Georgia. on October 18 to announce the shows. Red Sox players David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia appeared in a video when Aldean announced the Fenway show.