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The highly-anticipated new album Highway Desperado from country superstar Jason Aldean hits speakers today (Nov 3). This 14-track collection marks Aldean’s 11th studio album since 2005 and is an ode to his time spent pursuing music on the road.
Aldean described the album, saying:
“I’ve built my career on the road and it’s my favorite part of what we do – this album really came from that.”
In a conversation with The Tennessean, Aldean discusses the role that political views play in music. He shares that even though many people feel that country singers shouldn’t discuss politics, he believes such a stipulation is a double standard.
“If country music is going to remain this broad umbrella [of a genre], then understand: I have no problem with what people do and believe where they are… But if we’re going to allow that, then we also have to allow the space for me to discuss what I do and believe, too.”
Among the tracks on Highway Desperado is the controversial yet wildly successful song “Try That In A Small Town.” The song and accompanying music video received significant backlash with critics claiming it promoted violence and racism. However, the single went on to top the Billboard charts this summer despite the pushback.
Speaking of the genre in which he has made his career, Aldean reflected:
“This genre’s historically one of the oldest; currently, it’s incredible and stronger than ever. It’s a family of us working together to achieve this — and yes, there are times when, like in any family, you stop getting along with a few relatives. However, to be surrounded by so many creative, talented people is amazing.”
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Highway Desperado is available on all streaming platforms and physical copies are available for purchase at jasonaldean.com