Jason Aldean doesn't have to work too hard to get his new music spinning at country radio these days, and his latest single, "1994," will likely shoot straight to the top of the charts in the tradition of his past dozen or so single releases.
For traditional-country fans, however, the new tune, with its hip-hop elements that were injected for the sake of taking listeners "on a fun journey through the year Aldean was a senior in high school," it's not likely going to be a favorite.
Nonetheless, it's clear the award-winning Aldean's demographic is the rockin'-country set, and on "1994," the platinum-selling artist's goal is to flashback to the year that Justin Bieber was born, O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco sped across the nation's TV screens and a gallon of gas cost $1.09.
Penned by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Thomas Rhett, "1994" is a song that caused the hard-touring Aldean to not only nearly fall out of his chair with laughter, per his PR camp, but it also found favor with him because he felt it was "something totally different that he wanted to take a crack at recording" for his latest CD titled "Night Train."
“I love that this song gets such a reaction from people,” Aldean said via a missive shared with Examiner.com. “Country music in the mid-'90s was a big influence on my career, and I played all the songs that are referenced in '94 back in my club days.
"Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever … just putting out monster hit after monster hit," he continued. "(This song) totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it."