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Jason Aldean: Fast-Talkin’ “Dirt Road” Guy

Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

The new Jason Aldean album has a bundle of interesting songs, but a couple in particular have turned a lot of heads. There’s the duet with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” and there’s a song called “Dirt Road Anthem,” which includes a rap section in the middle with a couple phrases that sound like he’s been listening to Snoop Dogg.

A lot of the words go by pretty fast, so just spitting them out was a bit of a challenge. But it’s not the first time Jason’s encountered that.

“‘She’s Country’ was kinda like that for me,” he says. “When we first heard the demo for that, you know, it’s got those rapid-fire lyrics in it, too, in the verses, so that was one that I heard and was like ‘Oh man, this is gonna be interesting.’ It’s just the more I listen to it the more you kinda get a feel for it.

“‘Dirt Road’ was kinda the same way. It took a while to kinda listen to it and find it. But the demo was so different than how we cut it, too. Actually, when we were in the studio, we slowed it down a lot. The demo was even faster, so we slowed it down and made it where it would fit what we do a little better. Even though it’s still fast, I found my little niche, so it worked out really well.”

In fact, Jason thought it was strong enough that he made “Dirt Road” the No. 2 track on My Kinda Party.

“It’s somethin’ that’s really different,” he concedes, “but it’s also probably the coolest thing on the record, as far as I’m concerned.”

“Dirt Road Anthem” was introduced on Colt Ford’s debut album, Ride Through The Country. Colt wrote it with the help of Brantley Gilbert, who’s also the author of “My Kinda Country.”

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