Sept. 8, 2009 When Jason Aldean debuted "Shes Country" during last years edition of the Country Music Association Awards, he had no idea how big an impact the song would have on his career.
The exposure on a national television was great, but the continued reaction by fans was overwhelming as the song whipped its way to No. 1 on the national charts. It wasnt the first time Jason had reached the top, but hed never had a song that influenced his fan base so visibly.
"It just goes to show you what having one big song can do for you," he told The Bend Bulletin, of Oregon. "People are kind of aware of you, and then all of a sudden you have that one song that everybody knows, and all of a sudden it puts you on the map. So its been a little strange. Our crowds have gone from 2,500 or 3,000 to 6,000 or 8,000 and just in the span of the last six months. Thats something thats hard not to notice."
"Its Country" was hard not to notice, as well. The distorted power chords owe more to AC/DC than to Merle Haggard, and the hard-rock feel made the single stand out on radio. It wasnt a huge stylistic leap for Jason, whos been known to do Guns N Roses songs in his concerts, but it underscored his willingness to push the envelope within the genre.
"The writers said, You know, we wrote this song and ... we knew the only chance we had of getting it cut was Jason Aldean," he noted. "I like that. [I] like the fact that were not scared to go out and try new things, man. Musics music. Its meant to be fun. Its meant to be experimented with. And Im glad that weve kind of carved out a little niche for ourselves where people think of us that way, almost like were not scared to do anything."
Jasons Wide Open album has since yielded another No. 1 single, "Big Green Tractor," and hell be singing both of those songs as tours the Northwest this weekend. He plays Bend, Ore., on Thursday; Puyallup, Wash., on Friday; Butte, Mont., on Saturday; and Worley, Idaho, on Sunday.