JASON ALDEAN – Tickets – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, Maryland – May 24th, 2018

JASON ALDEAN

JASON ALDEAN

Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, Dee Jay Silver

Thu, May 24, 2018

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, Maryland

$55.00 - $125.00

This event is all ages

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JASON ALDEAN
JASON ALDEAN
“I didn’t want a lay-up. I wanted a slam dunk,” says Jason Aldean, discussing his hard-charging and ferociously confident eighth studio album, Rearview Town, out April 13.

His most recent collection, 2016’s They Don’t Know, bowed at No.1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums charts, and Aldean has his sights set for Rearview Town: “We’ve always been a little bit different than everybody else,” he says. “In the early days, with songs like ‘She’s Country’ or ‘Dirt Road Anthem,’ we were really rolling the dice — that’s how I made my mark, by not being scared to go out and shake things up.”

The risks and their rewards electrify the 15 new cuts, snaking between stadium-sized guitar anthems (“Dirt to Dust,” “Up in Smoke”), heartfelt country minimalism (“Drown the Whiskey,” “Better At Being Who I Am”) and hip-hop swagger (“Like You Were Mine”).

Occasionally, like on the enthusiastically-received lead single, “You Make It Easy,” currently at No.10 and still climbing on the radio charts, Aldean even finds himself channeling the blues. “It’s rare for me to hear a song and get really excited about it,” he says of the tune. “But this one was immediate.”

A native of Macon, Georgia, such grooves are familiar to the star. “I was playing all types of music, naturally,” he recalls of formative bar gigs. “I played Otis Redding. I played the Allman Brothers. I played Stevie Ray Vaughn — and then I turned around and played Alabama. What’s cool about [“You Make It Easy”] is that it allowed me to show that side of my music and that part of the influence for me.”

Long a maestro of up-tempo stompers, Aldean kicks Rearview Town off with “Dirt to Dust” and “Set It Off,” an epic one-two punch of dirty guitars and undeniable hooks. With razor-sharp production, both songs flat out cook. Speaking about “Set It Off,” specifically, Aldean says that the quirky bassline has him chomping at the bit to bring the cut out live. “It’s got this really weird beat. You don’t know what’s about to happen,” he admits. “That takes it through the roof.”

He heads for traditional country on the standout lost love lament “Drowns the Whiskey.” Featuring Miranda Lambert, the track is remarkably understated in its arrangement, but it’s saturated in well-worn emotions. “Miranda is a great singer,” Aldean says of the welcome team-up. “She does a couple takes and she knocks it out … I was blown away.”

On “Better At Being Who I Am” Aldean lends a nuanced, knowing delivery to the breakup tale. “I think [this] might be the most well-written song that I’ve ever recorded,” says the singer.

He adds that he found himself attracted to the emotional maturity. “At this point, I want to record songs that have some substance to them,” he says. “There are songs that I cut when I was 27 or 28 that I wouldn’t cut now. [And] there are songs that I cut now that wouldn’t make sense for me to cut when I was 27 or 28. I’m more conscious of those things these days.”

The driving title track strikes a note that’s both hopeful and forlorn, a combination that felt particularly familiar to Aldean. “It’s about putting things behind you, things that have held you down, and looking ahead,” he says. “When you look at me and my career and a lot of the personal stuff I’ve [gone through], it really seemed like a fitting title.”

But for all its sonic meanderings, Rearview Town feels indelibly cohesive. Aldean says it’s his lifelong love of country — country music and country life – that ties it all together. “Country is the core of where we’re at.” That surefootedness has helped define the genre’s 21st century. He says: “I’m rock-infused country. It’s not George Strait’s country and it’s not Merle Haggard’s country, but it is country.”

While the album was largely completed prior to Aldean’s headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last fall in Las Vegas, the two-time Entertainer of the Year knows that the tragedy precedes this release as well as the launch of his upcoming tour, the High Noon Neon Tour, kicking off May 10 in Kansas City, Missouri. But after a break that saw the birth of his son, Aldean is more attached to the road than ever.

He says, “We all realized that this is what we do. The time off was something we all needed, from me to the band and crew and all of our families; our wives. [But] I love what I do. I’ve been doing this since I was 14.”

So when the stage lights go up, they do so on a band with a new perspective. “You appreciate every day that you get to play and the guys you get to play it with. You look around and see all of your bandmates and everybody up there with you — that could have very well not have been the case.”

Which may play into why at 19 No.1 country songs, two Entertainer of the Year awards, and more than just a few sold-out stadium shows under his belt, Aldean still has a fire. “I never wanted to be a flash in the pan,” he explains. “I never wanted to be somebody people forget about five years after I quit playing music. I want people to be jamming to my stuff 20, 30, 40 years from now.”

With a laugh, he adds, “So we’ve had 19 No.1’s — that’s cool. But 20 sounds a lot cooler. And 30 sounds a lot better than that.”
Luke Combs
Luke Combs
With gritty, grizzled vocals, brazen songwriting talent and a dynamic live show, River House Artists/Columbia Nashville’s artist Luke Combs stormed onto the Country music landscape as a force to be reckoned with. The 27 year-old Asheville, North Carolina, native released his critically-acclaimed debut album This One’s for You on June 2, 2017, which spawned back to-back No. 1 PLATINUM two-week No. 1 singles “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours.” Heralded by Rolling Stone, Uproxx & Vulture as a "Best Country Album of 2017,” the debut project opened at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and remained inside the Top 10 on the same chart since release. Combs’ debut PLATINUM-certified smash radio single “Hurricane” set Country Radio history topping both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart for two consecutive weeks – rendering Combs the first debut country artist to hold a multi-week No. 1 since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and the first new solo Country male artist to accomplish the feat since Blake Shelton with “Austin” in 2001. Combs made history once more when “When It Rains It Pours,” the PLATINUM-certified second single off his debut project, landed at No. 1 two-weeks at Country Radio; the last debut male to achieve back-to-back chart toppers off a debut album was Sam Hunt. “One Number Away,” the third single from Combs’ widely acclaimed project, is at Country Radio now. Combs earned nominations for 2017 CMT Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year, 2017 CMA Award New Artist of the Year, 2017 MusicRow Breakthrough Artist/Writer of the Year and 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Country Artist and Country Song of the Year for “Hurricane.” Combs has performed on NBC’s Today and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and received critical praise from NPR, American Songwriter, Washington Post, Billboard and more. After college at Appalachian State, Combs, a true road warrior, built his avid fan base, developing his trademark through delivering rowdy, hold-nothing-back shows. By 2014 when Combs followed his calling to Nashville, Tennessee, he had an army of fans behind him, three self-released EPs and a set list full of songs that are true, authentic and demonstrate his signature modern throwback sound. In 2017, Combs has shared the stage with Brantley Gilbert on his Devil Don’t Sleep Tour and joined star-packed summer festival line-ups at CMA Music Fest, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Windy City Smokeout. Combs launches the spring leg of his first-ever headlining Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour in February with 25 cities nationwide.
Lauren Alaina
Lauren Alaina
Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of “American Idol.” Lauren recently released a self-titled five-song EP, the highly-anticipated follow-up to her No. 1 debuting first album Wildflower. Lauren co-wrote every track on the EP including the ESPN exclusive promo track,

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, Wildflower, with the release of the eagerly-awaited Road Less Traveled. Selected as one of Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Country and Americana Albums of 2017 and praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 hit, title track “Road Less Traveled” and her current single, “Doin’ Fine.”

The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Martina McBride. Lauren heads out with Cole Swindell for the Reason to Drink Tour in February.

Lauren is one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and she earned her first CMT Music Award this summer for Breakthrough Video of the Year. Lauren recently performed on the 51st Annual CMA Awards where she was also nominated for her very first CMA Award for New Artist of the Year. Lauren has also been nominated for several Teen Choice Awards, Radio Disney Awards and this spring, she earned her first ACM nomination for New Female Vocalist of the Year.

Lauren brings her signature “powerhouse, honey-toned vocals” (Rolling Stone) to country radio with her incredibly moving current single, “Doin’ Fine.” For more information, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.
Dee Jay Silver
Dee Jay Silver
DJ Silver has been a top touring dj/remixer/producer for over 10 years, having played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the US, Mexico and Canada. Currently touring with Jason Aldean, Eric Church and the JaneDear girls on the Top 10 "My Kinda' Party Tour," and next with Rascal Flatts (starting June 18, 2011), DJ Silver has entertained millions of listeners with his unique brand of party rock country style of music mixing. His high energy performances get the crowds moving – whether in stadiums paving the way for each new act coming on stage, or at top clubs and parties throughout North America. As a highly sought after crowd pleaser, DJ Silver has energized large and high profile events and parties, including for the Coca-Cola Beach Party & Louie's Back Yard Spring Break 2011 events, L.A. X-Games, MTV Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), Country Music Awards (CMAs), Country Music Weekly Fashion Show, Jackass World Tour, Viva La Bam Spring Break Tour, and too many others to count. As an entertainer, DJ Silver has worked with some of the largest companies in the world, including Jagermiester, Coca Cola, Budweiser, Red Bull, AT&T and the National Guard, to name just a few. National sponsors include Jagermeister, Reactor Watch Company and Skin Industries, where DJ Silver's unique brand of entertainment crosses over to audiences in multiple music genres, in all kinds of venues. For more on DJ Silver, including upcoming tour dates, pictures and more, visit www.deejaysilver.com. DJ Silver – More than a DJ.
Venue Information:
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
http://www.merriweathermusic.com/