OFFSTAGE: Where Jason Aldean Got the Night Train Name

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Well, now at least we know where Jason Aldean didn’t get the name for his upcoming album. I had this bad gut feeling he’d taken it from that cheap wine, Night Train. I knew Guns N’ Roses had a song about that brand of booze in the late ’80s, but I still could not imagine why Aldean would name a song — much less a whole album — after the drink often referred to as “street wine” or even “bum wine.” Anyway, I was wrong. The album name, Aldean says, comes from his road life. “For me, Night Train was kind of a metaphor for where things have gone, from being on one bus with 12 other guys, pulling a trailer my first few years on the road, to now,” Aldean explained to the Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix. “We’re out here with six or seven buses and eight or nine semis. We pull out of a show every night, and it looks like a freight train going down the interstate.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.