Jason Aldean on Female Country Singers: ‘I Can’t Distinguish One From the Other’
With hits like “Big Green Tractor,” massive sold-out shows and No. 1 albums under his belt, Jason Aldean knows a thing or two about country music. Much attention was given this summer to the lack of female stars in the genre, especially because of the #SaladGate controversy, and the singer is blatantly honest when adding his own two cents to the discussion.
“I feel like a lot of times female singers, to me, when they’re singing — and I’ll probably kick myself for saying this — a lot of times, it just seems like I can’t distinguish one from the other sometimes if I just listen to them, you know?” Aldean tells the Washington Post. “A lot of times, they just sound really similar to me.”
Aldean is quick to point out the female country singers who are making names for themselves, lauding them for their unique voices.
“[Y]ou have some that come out, like a Carrie [Underwood] or Miranda [Lambert] or somebody like that, that really has a different, distinctive sound to their voice, [and] then it’s like, oh, okay, you can tell them apart all of a sudden,” he continues. “They go on to be obviously big stars, but I think it’s because you can distinguish between them.”
Aldean himself has been tagged with the “bro-country” label, but from his most recent single, “Gonna Know We Were Here,” to the ultra sexy “Burnin’ It Down,” the singer is quick to point out that his songs run the gamut.
“I have a few songs, sure, that sort of fit that mold. That’s what I grew up doing, it’s what I know, it’s what I sing about …,” he explains. “On the other side of that, there’s a ton of songs on my records over the years that have nothing to do with that. And, I think, for me, that’s more the aggravation of, like, don’t try to come in here and tear us down for something when you really haven’t taken the time to listen to the rest of our songs.”
The singer has previously admitted that he doesn’t feel like being labeled as a bro-country artist is a compliment.
“To me, it’s sort of a backhanded thing that comes from a very narrow-minded listener,” he says, “and I don’t know who came up with that ridiculous term.”
The Georgia native is currently working on a new album — his seventh studio record — which is the followup to Old Boots, New Dirt.
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