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Jason Aldean Gives Fan Keys To A New Car


Jason Aldean celebrates the release of his No. One selling They Don’t Know, he continues a streak of fan surprises today (9/23) in Cleveland, OH. Aldean arrived unannounced at the home of 30-year-old single mother of three Taylore Wingard with a brand new 2016 Kia Soul courtesy of the Northern Ohio Kia Dealers, tickets to tonight’s 2016 Six String Circus Tour, two VIP Club Passes and a parking spot for the 2017 concert season at Cleveland OH’s Blossom Music Center, a copy of the new album, a pair of Justin Boots and his signature Resistol hat.

“This is so amazing I don’t even know what to do,” said Wingard to Aldean. “My son went through cancer treatment twice and your music has gotten me through so much.”

To watch Wingard’s emotional reaction…

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Sam Hunt Announced as Headliner for 5th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival

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Sam Hunt has been added as one of the headliners for the 5th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival, the Northeast’s premiere multi-day country music festival. Taste of Country Music Festival 2017 will be held June 9-11 at Hunter Mountain Resort (Hunter, NY) in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County.

Country music superstar Jason Aldean was the first headliner announced for the 2017 festival.

Dhruv Prasad, one of the festival’s organizers, said,

“We’re tremendously excited to add Sam Hunt to our lineup, joining our previously announced headliner Jason Aldean. Sam’s latest single ‘Make You Miss Me’ has just hit #1, and it’s his 4th single to reach this milestone from his platinum debut album. It’s the perfect time to bring him to TOC Festival to light up our stage – it’s going to be a great show!”

This past summer’s Taste of Country Music Festival hosted a record 53,000 country music fans over the three days, with such superstar talent as Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Kid Rock, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Old Dominion and many others.

A three-day pass for the 2017 Taste of Country Music Festival starts at only $155, with VIP Outlaw packages starting at $499.  For additional information on tickets and camping packages – which includes RV, car and tent camping – go to

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Jason Aldean Earns 1st Country Top 200 Album of 2016

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Jason Aldean’s “ever-rising stardom” (Billboard) reaches new heights as he earns the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Album chart today for the third consecutive time with his seventh studio album They Don’t Know. Three years after being crowned the RIAA’s Top Digital Country Male of all time, Aldean continues to hold the title moving over 138,000 units of the new album in its first week of release.

They Don’t Know continues to rake in applause from critics who claim “Country’s reigning Entertainer of the Year shows why he holds the title” (Newsday) with the new disc.

They Don’t Know finds the Nashville superstar refining what he does best—muscular, guitar-heavy jams and ballads filled with yearning, both delivered with down-home directness. But there’s no question he kicks it up a notch here.” – Hits Daily Double

“The new album certainly hits all the traditional bullet points — from love and heartbreak to wild Saturday nights and hungover Sunday mornings – one of its most powerful ‘Aldean moments’ comes wrapped up in his misunderstood angst.” – Rolling Stone

“The album plays as a somber look back at a failed relationship and a present look at all the drinking that it leads to, some fun and some sad. It has modern accents of mainstream Nashville and shredding guitar solos straight out of 1980s rock.” – MTV

“Packed with stadium-size songs and arena-ready hooks, ‘They Don’t Know’ is a collection of disarmingly affable party anthems that balance Middle American imagery and contemporary relationship concerns.” – The Boston Globe

They Don’t Know veers back to the working-class pride that has been central to his place in the country universe.” – Billboard

“It travels through backwoods lyrical allusions to relationships and the wanderlust southern rock, suds-soaked moments and big country parties (the already chart-topping arena anthem ‘Lights Come On.’) It’s a tried-and-true approach, but it continues to be a winning one for a country rocker that really understands his own voice.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Classic Aldean: hard-rocking, gritty, more soulful than contemporaries, but no less fun.” – Hartford Courant

The new music follows 17 No. One hits at Country radio. Aldean has “set himself apart from the moment he first blew out of the radio speakers” (Billboard) as each album released has earned PLATINUM or better tallying more than 14 million album sales. His Six String Circus continues to “live up to his hype and record success” (Kansas City Star) as the “successful summer tour of some of the nation’s largest venues” (USA Today) continues to host sold-out crowds. For more information on new music and for a full list of upcoming tour dates,

The Story Behind Country Music’s Epic Mash-Up! Plus: Hear Blake, Carrie, Miranda and 27 Other Stars Sing ‘Forever Country’


Shane McAnally was nothing short of terrified when he stepped into the studio to begin a project that, on paper, looked a little crazy.

The challenge of melding three iconic country song – John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” – into one new piece of music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, was “a very scary process,” McAnally tells People.

In fact, when a mash-up was first proposed as a way of marking the anniversary, McAnally, who’s written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves among others, argued against it.

“I didn’t think it would work in our genre,” he says. “I said, ‘Maybe in pop music you can just take a piece of a song, but we tell stories. And we can’t just cut into them and take a piece.'”

But as McAnally, a CMA board member as well as a top producer in town (he’s behind albums by Sam Hunt and Musgraves), and other CMA members began to consider what songs could work, the idea took shape.

“I Will Always Love You” was a song that everyone felt like needed to be a part of it but I was having a hard time with the story – it’s such a personal song. It’s to one person,” he says. “But when you play that song over, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, they somehow take on a life together and it feels almost like you’re speaking more to the music, and to country music specifically, when you say, ‘I will always love you.’ It feels meant to be.”

An ode to the life of a traveling musician, Nelson’s classic seemed a natural addition to the mix.

“The line ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ kept coming into my mind and ‘On the Road Again’ felt essential,” McAnally says.

The result, dubbed “Forever Country,” was born and McAnally took on the task of producing the recording, a monumental undertaking with 30 artists, including one whom he especially wanted to impress.

“I was very scared when Dolly heard it that it might seem like a bit of a compromise to the integrity of the original song,” he says. “The song is such a simple, perfect sentiment. It was really important for her to know we handled it with care. She just listened and said, ‘Wow. That really works!’ It was really hard not to cry in front of her. I’ve cried a lot since then!”

The tune begins with West Virginia native Brad Paisley singing the opening lines of “Country Roads” (“Almost heaven, West Virginia) followed by a host of stars – Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shelton”, George Strait – adding line after line until Musgraves begins “I Will Always Love You” (“If I should stay/I Would only be in your way”). Lyrics from the two songs weave in and out with different Nashville voices as Jason Aldean begins “On the Road Again,” joined by Rascal Flatts and many more.

The song premiered on country radio stations around the country Friday, but you’ll have to wait ’til Tuesday for the video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who won a VMA Award for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

“The responsibility of this feels greater than anything I’ve done,” McAnally says of the project. “I hope this is a great timepiece for the legacy of country music.”

Profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will go toward music education causes supported by the CMA Foundation.

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