ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean released a new single titled “Dirt We Were Raised On” from his highly anticipated ninth studio album today, (Sept 27). While not a complete departure from Aldean’s previous singles, it’s definitely fresh-sounding.
“People buy albums with eight songs for 10 bucks now, but with ‘9′ it’s like you’re getting two whole albums at once,” Aldean shared in a press release. “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.”
The track starts with a complimenting acoustic and electric guitar and leads to a natural full-band kick in. The electric guitar almost serves as a baseline for the verses, which makes the song even more memorable. Aldean has always had a very signature sound, classic rock and modern country infused into one, and fans always know what to expect.
Lyrically, the song is all about nostalgia. “Yeah, we drank on it, cranked some Hank on it”. The verses are all about what any small-town boy and his friends did on that dirt road. It’s detailed enough that it feels personal to Aldean, but universal enough that so many can place themselves in the song.
In each chorus of the song, he sings, “We’ll never be too far gone from the dirt we were raised on”. It’s almost like he’s reminding himself that he’ll never be too proud to reminisce about his past and want to go back to where he came from. What strikes us most about this song is its production and instrumentation. Aldean could have easily fallen into a formulaic radio-ready song, but he didn’t. He had the listener focus on section changes in a song that’s 3 minutes and 36 seconds long.
Aldean’s ninth studio album 9 is out November 22nd. Catch him on his upcoming “We Back” tour with special guests Morgan Wallen and Riley Green.
‘Dirt We Were Raised On’ is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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