Riding high on the success of the club mix of his massive hard-rock hit “She’s Country,” Jason Aldean has announced plans to follow that up in coming weeks with a country remix, or re-imagining to be exact, of the crossover smash.
The song, which was Jason’s second #1 hit and the first metal song to claim the pinnacle on the major country charts, will receive quite a makeover for this incarnation. Instead of the gigantic guitar riffs, there will be searing fiddle shreds. The rapid-fire, machine-gun-style reading of the lyrics will be replaced by a slow, note-bending drawl of the sort once employed by Lefty Frizzell. There may even be some audible steel guitar, clearly signaling a radical departure for the up-and-coming Georgia boy.
Whether this release will continue Aldean’s winning streak is yet to be determined, but many behind the scenes are questioning the move. “Who’s gonna play it? I mean, this thing is like, old-timey sounding and stuff,” said Clearchannel country radio DJ Trey Turner. “You can’t bang your head to it… I don’t like it,” complained Kawntrygull56 on Aldean’s online message board.
Jason, for his part, maintains that this will play to a new demographic he hasn’t reached before. “The people who actually like the organic, authentic-sounding stuff like Merle Haggard and George Jones…” said Aldean, preening the early growth of a soon-to-be mullet, “that’s an audience we haven’t spoken to yet.”
Reported by “Trailer” Parkman of Farce the Music