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“Try That in a Small Town” was released to radio in May of 2023 as the lead single to Jason Aldean’s upcoming album. Following the release of the song, things were pretty quiet. It was a good song and most country music fans loved it! This quickly changed when the seemingly controversial music video for the song was released in July. “Try That in a Small Town” quickly became the subject of widespread controversy and dominated headlines as people either cheered Jason on or picked the video apart. CMT even pulled the video from their rotation a few days after its initial release. But despite the controversy, “Try That in a Small Town” quickly rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Jason posted a statement following the controversy.
In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless, but dangerous.…
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) July 18, 2023
Many celebrities have spoken out on the video. While some celebrities showed their support for Jason, others majorly disagreed.
.@Jason_Aldean I’m from a small town. Even people in small towns are sick of violence.There’s nothing small-town or American about promoting violence. You should know that better than anyone having survived a mass shooting.
This is not American or small town-like. It’s just lame https://t.co/cuOtUO9xjr
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) July 19, 2023
Good morning, y’all… to everyone except @Jason_Aldean!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) July 18, 2023
How on earth is this video controversial? Why would @cmt take it down? Support @Jason_Aldean and other artists who have the guts to tell the truth… watch it, download it, and push back against the bs. pic.twitter.com/59YaeHRM5d
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 19, 2023
I would also like to remind my friend, @Jason_Aldean that Twitter and social media in general is not a real place. The views shared by many accounts on this platform are not actually representative of the vast majority of the population of this country. Say what you want to say…
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) July 19, 2023
McGraw stated that he’s actually never heard the controversial song, but he continued to share that he believes every artist should cut what they want to cut and they will suffer the consequences for their song choices.
“I’ll be completely honest, I’ve heard all the hubbub about it, but I haven’t heard the song, and I haven’t seen the video so I couldn’t intelligently give an answer. So, I really don’t know. I haven’t seen it. But I’m not going to tell an artist what they should cut or what my opinion is. I’ll tell you what I like and I’ll let my songs sort of speak for themselves. You’re an artist and you cut the songs you want to cut and you deal with the consequences.”
Watch Tim McGraw’s interview in the video below.