By Sam Wilson
On the heels of his Gold-certified #1 album Rearview Town, Jason Aldean looks to continue his streak of success with his 9th studio album, appropriately titled "9."
Set for release on November 22, the album will feature 16 tracks, 5 of which have already been released. According to The Boot, Aldean will "continue blending his twangy country vocals with hard rock brawn and hip-hop swagger." The album's leadoff single, "We Back," currently sits at #16 on the country chart and is already in heavy rotation here at TNN Radio. The feel-good, stadium rock vibe in the song closely parallels some of Aldean's earlier material - "My Kinda Party," "She's Country," and "Crazy Town" all come to mind.
Additional songs from the album that fans of the ACM Artist of the Decade can already stream and download include "Blame It On You," "Keeping It Small Town," "Camouflage Hat," and "I Don't Drink Anymore." Look for the other 11 on Friday, November 22.
As for the title, besides obviously alluding to the fact that it will be his ninth release, the title "9" also has personal significance for Aldean. “Early on I always thought if we ever got to make nine albums, I’m going to call it 9. It was my baseball number growing up, and it’s just kind of always been my lucky number,” explains Aldean to The Boot in a press release. "I remember cutting the first album and thinking 'that’s forever away,' and now here we are. I don’t know, it’s really special we made it this far – so, it’s more for me than anybody else – but, it means a lot.”
Listen to tracks from the upcoming album below:
By Sam Wilson
It's one of the most anticipated events in country music each year, whether you're an artist, songwriter, journalist, or just a plain old casual fan of the genre. One week from tomorrow, the 53rd annual Country Music Association Awards will air live on ABC, beginning at 8/7 PM Central. Hosted by Carrie Underwood, this year's event will pay tribute to legendary female artists, including Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, both of whom will appear as special guests.
Country music fans can expect stellar performances from many of the artists at the forefront of today's scene, including Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, and Kelsea Ballerini, alongside veterans like Brooks & Dunn, Willie Nelson, and Garth Brooks.
We want to hear from you! Scroll through this year's nominees below and voice your opinions in the comment section. For song nominations, click on each song title to listen to a recording. (With the lone exception of Garth and Blake's "Dive Bar"...Mr. Brooks continues to make it agonizingly difficult to access his musical library.) Which artists and songs do YOU want to see win each category?
By Sam Wilson.
Year in review? I know what you're thinking...it's only September! While 2019 is far from over, this week marks a special occasion for our Saturday morning program, Cross Country USA. It was one year ago that I started up the program on my own online station, SAM-FM, later rebranded as Country Radio USA. This past June, the show was moved over to TNN, and its creative approach to country music was an instant hit among listeners.
In commemoration of the show's first anniversary, I will be live on the airwaves this Saturday morning for a special 2-hour program, beginning just after 11:00 AM Eastern Time. We'll be taking a look at all of the hit country songs to top the Billboard Country Airplay chart in the past 365 days, along with a few of my favorite throwbacks thrown in for good measure. From the artists that saw their career turn around - Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, and Blake Shelton - to the artists that just can't stop reaching the top - Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, and, of course, Luke Combs - you'll hear 'em all! It's Cross Country USA - The Anniversary Year-In-Review Edition...this Saturday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on TNN Radio!
By Sam Wilson
August was a busy month for country radio. It saw some fantastc material from Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, and Jason Aldean climb to the #1 spot on the charts. While songs like “Beer Never Broke My Heart” were ruling the airwaves, programmers were busy selecting the next group of songs to put on their playlists for rotation in the coming months. Here are a few of my favorite new releases:
Luke Combs - Even Though I’m Leaving
Listen Here: https://youtu.be/8bjo95QKD3c
Can we all agree now that anything Mr. Combs releases to country radio is going to shoot straight up to #1? While his latest single from his sophomore project, “The Prequel,” couldn’t be any more different from “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” it still does what Combs’s music does best time and again - the ability to connect with country listeners with powerful vocals and none of the store brand hip-hop elements prevalent in the genre today. The first comment I read on YouTube when I pulled up the video read, “This is the kind of stuff that makes even the most tough men cry.” I couldn’t agree more.
Joe Diffie - As Long As There’s A Bar
Listen Here: https://youtu.be/H3H_V4I61GI
This song proves that Joe Diffie may just have what it takes to become the next David Lee Murphy. Both artists were prominent hitmakers in the mid-late 1990’s, but saw their fortunes change as the new century approached. Then, low and behold, Murphy seemingly came out of nowhere last year to release the feel-good summer hit “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” which hit #1 in July of 2018. Here’s to hoping this old-fashioned honky-tonk anthem will follow the same fate.
Kane Brown - Homesick
Listen Here: https://youtu.be/ukHikH_10CA
If Kane Brown’s latest “Experiment” is traditional-leaning, country-pop ballads like this one, then count me in as a fan. While I enjoyed Kane’s early-career singles, the hip-hop and pop influences in songs like “What Ifs” and “Heaven” proved to be too polarizing for some of the genre’s purists. (I’m looking at you, Trigger.) This, right here, is where he bridges the gap. “Homesick” has all of the modern production that you’d expect from a Kane Brown single, while also giving traditional country fans their fair share with a classic instrumentalization that includes a fiddle and steel combo. Oh, and that Strait-esque baritone. Definitely give this one a listen.
Eric Church - Monsters
Listen Here: https://youtu.be/PrYUK1vzCfY
The latest single from the “Some Of It” hitmaker is the most-added song at country radio this week, and for good reason. Addressing fears that humans encounter at every stage in life, this one’s going to resonate well with a lot of people, including his son Boone, whom the song was inspired by. “Monsters” takes on the same acoustic foundation you heard in “Some Of It.” It’s an all-around fantastic song by one of Nashville’s best.
Maren Morris - The Bones
Listen Here: https://youtu.be/gvPMVKUI9go
Much like the relationships the song portrays, Maren Morris continues to show that she’s one of the sturdiest hitmakers in Nashville. I could even see this soulful love song becoming her signature hit.
BONUS: Zac Brown Band - Leaving Love Behind
Listen Here: https://youtu.be/jmLy5xFIjkM
It’s hard to predict the sound of a Zac Brown Band song. I mean, really hard. One day, “Beautiful Drug” hits #1, the next, their team was promoting “My Old Man.” While their current single, “Someone I Used To Know,” could easily be viewed by some as “Beautiful Drug 2.0,” (although with a lot more depth and substance), you’d have to go back at least five years to find something in their catalog that this one easily parallels. In fact, I think this one even rivals “Colder Weather” in terms of its effectivity. After all, Zac Brown did once say that “good music should make you feel something,” and that’s exactly what this song does. Here’s to hoping that “Leaving Love Behind,” and not “God Given,” will be the band’s next release to radio.
So, what do you think? Which of these do you feel deserves the most radio airplay?