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Dirt Road Anthem


Jason Aldean

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The publicity blurb for this southern rap-inclined tune "suggests Aldean has listened to a little Snoop Dogg in his time." An amused Jason Aldean responded to The Boot: "I don't know why all these nasty rumors about rap songs keep coming up. It's not a rap song. I never say never but I will say that I'm a country singer. I am definitely not a rapper. So if I was to do anything like that, it's not going to be Kanye West-style or anything."
This song was previously recorded separately by both of its writers, Brantley Gilbert and country rapper Colt Ford. Brantley Gilbert previously wrote Aldean's hit single "My Kinda Party."
Aldean commented during an interview with Billboard magazine: "It's different, no doubt. But it still talks about that same sort of rural thing as [Aldean's 2006 single] 'Amarillo Sky.' It just does it in a different way." ( laughs). "Being from Georgia, I thought I'd be pretty bad at talking fast. But apparently I'm pretty good at it."
Producer Michael Knox recalled to Billboard magazine: "In the studio I was joking with him, 'You ain't gonna get this.' But those verses are takes two and three, and the only reason for that is because it took me two takes to get the sound right."
A performance of this song by Aldean with rapper Ludacris at the 2011 CMT Awards was so successful, the performers released on iTunes a studio version of their remix.
Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert wrote the song at the latter's house in Athens, Georgia. It was the first tune that the two country artists had written together. Ford recalled to American Songwriter magazine: "I was going to pick him up to go write with our friend, Mike Dekle, a veteran songwriter. Brantley just said, 'I got an idea for you,' and he had the melody and most of the chorus. There is something about that melody, and I think Brantley is great with that."
The song was inspired by different places and events in the lives of the two songwriters. For instance, "Potts Farm," is a place that Gilbert hung out when growing up.
The song was written in just 45 minutes. Said Ford to American Songwriter magazine: "I guess Brantley had already started, so we didn't think much about it. We just knew we liked it. We never knew the whole world would love it as much as we do."
This was named by TouchTunes, the largest in-venue interactive entertainment network in North America, as the most-played song on jukeboxes in both 2011 and 2012. "Knowing that the real people across America are choosing my music while they're out having fun at the kind of hangouts where I got my start is a great thing," said Aldean (Source of quote: Wall Street Journal).
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