This past Tuesday was a big day for country superstar Jason Aldean as his fifth studio album Night Train hit shelves with a whirlwind. While also on his My Kinda Party Tour 2012 with Luke Bryan, Jason took some time to chat with Tanner In The Morning about the new album, why he chose Luke and Eric Church for a collaboration and even has a message for country fans who give him grief about adding rap to his songs.
If the title Night Train seems a little confusing or random, Jason assures that each title comes with a very specific meaning. ”Well obviously Night Train’s one of the songs on the album… and for every album I try to find one of the songs that really fit my career,” he admits. It’s not just a great song with the prosperity of becoming an album title, but also a memory of how far he’s come in his career. ”Night Train to me kind of makes me think about a couple years ago [when] I was on a bus with 12 other guys and I was pulling one trailer. Now I’m backstage and I look around and we have 8 or 9 buses and 8 or 9 semis. And when we pull out of the venue that’s what it looks like, it looks like a freight train going down the freeway.”
Along with the success of a massive nationwide tour comes the ability to pretty much choose whoever you want to work with. This time it was no different as Jason personally picked two fellow country stars for “The Only Way I Know”, one of the star tracks on his new album. The biggest question (at least according to Taner)? How did you get Luke Bryan to be quiet long enough to record the song? ”Oh well you know Luke very well, don’t you,” Jason laughed before describing how the dream collaboration came to fruition.
“Luke & I are really good friends [and] he and I have two completely different personalities. He comes in and never stops talking and I’m the complete opposite. The more I listened to [the song], the more I thought we could bring somebody else in [alongside Luke] and Eric was the first guy that came to mind. I felt like it would be a really cool thing for the album.”
Jason’s fifth album Night Train is available now in stores and online via iTunes, Amazon and more. And before you go pick up a copy, Jason had one last message for country fans who have been giving him flack on having Colt Ford and Ludacris rapping on his songs. ”Go buy a pure country record. If we all sounded the same it would be boring. If you like what I do, go get the record. If you don’t? Don’t buy my record.”