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Opening For McGraw Brings Jason Aldean Full Circle

Of the Oakland Press

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Jason Aldean has a platinum debut album and a gold, chart-topping follow-up — and fi ve consecutive Top 10 country chart hits to go with them.

Those are nearly headliner credentials, but he’s plenty stoked to be spending part of the summer opening for one of his heroes, Tim McGraw.

“When I came up playing the clubs down in Georgia, he was one of the hottest thing that was out at the time,” says Aldean, 31, who now resides in Nashville with his wife and three young daughters. “I spent a lot of time in the clubs playing a lot of his songs. So now, to be able to go and do a tour with him, it’s something I never thought would happen.”

McGraw isn’t the only one with hits on that package, of course. Aldean will keep crowds rocking with the likes of “Johnny Cash,” “Hicktown,” “Why,” “Amarillo Sky” and “Laughed Until We Cried” — and the title track from “Relentless,” which is currently climbing. He also has his eyes on the future, however; he’s about seven songs into his third album, and he says the fate of the “Relentless” single will determine whether there’s a fourth release from the album or if he accelerates work on its follow-up.

“The first album only released three singles,” Aldean explains, “and at my label, that’s kind of their thing. They like to go three singles deep because it takes so long for singles to do their thing that it’ll take two years between albums if you go for another (single).

“It’s kind of a catch-22. If our songs start moving faster up the charts, we may be able to put out another one. We’ll kind of assess it in a few weeks and see what makes sense.”

Jason Aldean performs with Tim McGraw and Halfway to Hazard at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 22) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $62.50 pavilion, $32.50 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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