2011 CMA Awards Nominees Announced

Nominations were announced this morning for the 45th Annual CMA Awards, to be held Wednesday, November 9 at 8/7c on ABC. What do you think of the list? Leave us a comment below! Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean Brad Paisley Blake Shelton Taylor Swift Keith Urban Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean Kenny Chesney [...] Read More

Brantley Gilbert Doesn’t Care About the Money

Brantley Gilbert is turning heads with his self-penned debut single for Valory Music, “Country Must Be Country Wide,” but he’s also enjoying success as a songwriter. He co-wrote both “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party,” which became No. 1 songs for Jason Aldean. Brantley will be receiving plump songwriter royalty checks for those songs, [...] Read More

Jason Aldean Celebrates Seventh No. 1

Jason Aldean took a big risk when he chose to release “Dirt Road Anthem” as the follow up single to his smash hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson. The song wasn’t exactly conventional. But the risk paid off and Jason is celebrating his seventh No. 1 single this week. The track also tops [...] Read More

Jason Aldean Mixes It Up

Jason Aldean is one of the most prominent voices in modern country music, but good luck trying to put the guy in a stylistic box. One of his biggest hits is named after country icon Johnny Cash, and you can’t get much more country than the farm-centered lyrics in “Amarillo Sky” or “Big Green Tractor.” On the other hand, the guitar chords on “She’s Country” sound more like AC/DC than Merle Haggard; his current single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” teams Jason with pop singer Kelly Clarkson; and he even has a rap section on “Dirt Road Anthem,” one of the key tracks on his current album My Kinda Party. Jason grew up on the outskirts of Macon, Ga., and his background brought all of those different musical threads together. Read More

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

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. Read More