JASON ALDEAN doesn’t like to name an album until it’s finished, so how did he come to name Wide Open? Says Jason, “I just thought that it sounded like a really cool title. We’ve kind of found our groove, and we’re in full stride now.” Released yesterday, Wide Open is Jason’s third studio album. Following up on Sunday’s presenter slot at the “44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards”, he’s doing eight cities in eight days to call attention to the CD, which builds upon his experience with the earlier projects, Jason Aldean and Relentless.
“I feel like with my first two albums, I was trying to dial in who I was as an artist and what my fans liked and expected to hear from me,” he says. “Four years into it, I think I understand that now, and I’m really just starting to hit my stride. I’m excited to see what happens the next few weeks and months because I’m really proud of the new album.”
The first single from Wide Open, “She’s Country,” hit No. 7 on this week’s USA Today Mediabase country chart. Jason’s booked a May 1 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and on Friday, he’ll sing the national anthem and throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Atlanta Braves’ home opener. The only other country-related act who did opening-day honors this year is Lyle Lovett, who sang the anthem Monday for the Houston Astros.
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