Jason Aldean Tour Takes Him Back To College Towns

Posted by Webb on 10/10/2008

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } jason-aldeanJason Aldean, joined by Lady Antebellum and Eric Durrance, kicked off the CMT on Tour concert tour this week with a show in Cullowhee, N.C. Aldean told CMT he’s excited about the tour because it takes them to a lot of college towns, which reminds him of his early days in the biz. "That's what I grew up doing," he said. "When I first got out of high school, I put a band together and we went out on the road and hit a bunch of college towns and tried to get a following down in Georgia and Florida. And so for me, it's a glorified version of that, you know, and it's just fun. College kids get excited about whatever they do. Whether it's going to a football game, going to a bar or whatever they're doing, they get excited about it, and they have a good time. That's what makes it fun for us to be able to go into some towns like that and feed off of that energy."As for touring with Lady Antebellum, Aldean told CMT they played together at some shows earlier this year and really hit it off. “We did a few shows with them earlier in the year. You play shows with a lot of different artists during the year, but it's pretty rare when you play a show with somebody and not only do you like their music, but you also get a chance to hang out with them and instantly hit it off with them. And that's how it was with Lady A and me and the guys in my band. After the show, we're all hanging out and, instantly, we all became friends and hung out for a couple of nights. It was just one of those things. I called my booking agent and said, ‘You know, I really like hanging out with these guys. Let's do some more shows with them later in the year.’ We started working on that, and the next thing we know, it's turned into being the CMT Tour.”