By Kurt Wolff
At his concert in Cleveland this past Friday (July 18), Jason Aldean unveiled his brand-new single “Burnin’ It Down.” The new song is the lead single from Aldean’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, which is expected later this year.
“Burnin’ It Down” drops to digital outlets and country radio Tuesday (July 22), but the Cleveland show marked the first time he’d played the song publicly.
“I wanted to do something for you guys tonight that we haven’t done yet,” Aldean told the crowd at Cleveland’s Progressive Field in a video posted on YouTube. “We’ve been saving it for you guys this week, because this is our first stadium show of the year. And when I tell you nobody’s heard this song, nobody’s heard this song.”
Watch the official lyric video for “Burnin’ It Down” below.
“Burnin’ It Down” was produced by Aldean’s longtime producer Michael Knox and written by Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson, and Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. Florida Georgia Line is currently on Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour this summer (along with Tyler Farr), and Hubbard also cowrote “Black Tears,” a song on Aldean’s 2012 album Night Train.
In terms of sound and arrangement, “Burnin’ It Down” is not just another “My Kinda Party,” “She’s Country” or “Night Train.” “Sonically, this track definitely feels like something different for me and what I have typically put out as the lead single off my previous albums,” Aldean said in a press release. “I’ve pretty much always gone with a really guitar-driven song that’s pretty in your face, and this is more of a laid back thing with a really cool groove. We played it live for the first time this weekend in Cleveland and Cincy at the stadium gigs, and I’m excited to see how it takes off from here. There are some different things on this new album, and I hope this sets a good tone for what’s to come.”
When Radio.com caught up with Aldean last fall, he was already in the “early stages” of planning out the album, listening to lots of potential songs. “I feel like we got some great stuff,” he said even at that point. But he also said he hadn’t started any recording yet, and wouldn’t until later in the process. “We cut records in a different way,” he told Radio.com. Rather than spending a year in and out of the studio, he explained that he and his band “don’t really go in until we feel we have a great record. And we go in and pretty much knock it out. When it’s time to cut a record, we don’t really screw around.”
Aldean and Knox have been working together throughout Aldean’s career, and Knox has produced all his albums. Aldean feels their strong relationship is built on “trust” and an inherent understanding of what constitutes a great song. “Michael and I, we talk on the phone a lot, send a lot of emails back and forth,” Aldean told Radio.com. “We’ve worked together long enough [that] he knows what I’m into and things I’m not. We are not always on the same page, but more times than not. I think that’s why it’s always worked so well. It’s cool to find somebody like that who shares the same vision—somebody you can trust to go out and help find songs. While I’m out here [on the road], he’s in Nashville finding songs.”
And that song-searching process, Aldean said, “starts right after we release an album. As soon as we release an album, we start looking for songs for the next one.”
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