Jason Aldean is pushing the creative envelope with his forthcoming record, a 16-track album called 9. The album is set for release on Nov. 22 via Macon Music/Broken Bow Records.
In a time where artists are releasing more EPs and less lengthy albums, Aldean is doing things his own way. Instead of breaking up these 16 songs over time, he’s giving it all to his fans at once. On the album, you’ll hear stadium anthems and tunes that push boundaries but, underneath it all, you’ll find his traditional country roots. Fans have already heard four songs from 9 including the lead single, “We Back.”
“People buy albums with eight songs for 10 bucks now, but with 9 it’s like you’re getting two whole albums at once,” he says. “I want fans to feel like they’re getting more than they bargained for and I want it to be something they listen to from top to bottom, and never hit skip… or thumbs down or whatever.”
This album is the Georgia native’s ninth studio album and it still includes Aldean’s longtime songwriting contributors. Neil Thrasher, Josh Thompson, Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard all have songwriting credits on the record.
You’ll find one consistent theme on several songs on this new project. “Came Here to Drink,” “I Don’t Drink Anymore,” “Tattoos and Tequila” and “Blame It On You” all have one thing in common — booze.
“I don’t know. Maybe I’m just drawn to drinking tunes. They just go together with country music and it’s hard to pass them up. But it’s not the ‘Hicktown’ type stuff with keg stands, it’s more like sitting at the bar and doing some thinking. It’s all coming from a more mature standpoint.”
Pre-order this more mature album, 9, by clicking on the album artwork below.