Jason Aldean to Haters: ‘Buy Somebody Else’s Record’
Jason Aldean doesn’t have a problem asking pop-country vocalist and former ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson to sing a duet with him, or performing his hit ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ with rapper Ludacris, for that matter. The ‘Night Train’ star is well aware that his musical risks have led to some criticism from country purists, but he has a clear message to those who think he is doing country music a disservice: He doesn’t care.
Aldean insists that an issue with his music is their issue, not his.
“Go buy a pure country record,” Aldean told Charlotte radio station the New 103.7, speaking to his haters. “If we all sounded the same it would be boring. If you like what I do, go get the record. If you don’t? Buy somebody else’s record.”
Adds the singer, “I respect their opinion, but it’s not going to change the way I play my music.”
Aldean clearly loves the creative satisfaction he gets from the unique collaborations. “I love working with other artists,” he said. “It’s fun for me, and also fans.”
His ‘My Kind of Party’ album — which included both ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ and ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ — was a breakthrough record for the superstar, but he explains that his latest, ‘Night Train,’ celebrates the whirlwind that has been his career in the past few years.
“‘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,” Aldean reveals. “Now I’m backstage and I look around and we have eight or nine buses and eight or nine semis. And when we pull out of the venue, that’s what it looks like — it looks like a freight train going down the interstate.”
It won’t be too long before that freight train is up and running again. Aldean recently announced a string of stadium shows for 2013, including performances at Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Athen’s University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium.