OFFSTAGE: Jason Aldean Song Ignites Major #TBT

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This is a Throwback Thursday in the very best way. Since Jason Aldean is releasing his song “1994” — an ode to a bunch of big songs of ’90s country star Joe Diffie — he’s convincing fellow artists to share photos of themselves from 1994 . Even Aldean posted one of himself, saying “OK, guys: THIS is what I looked like in #1994. REAL cool, huh?” And God love our favorite country artists for posting what could be semi-embarrassing shots of their decades-old photos. Like Luke Bryan in denim and more denim and a big ol’ white cowboy hat. And Keith Urban writing, “I was rockin’ the oversize thrift store jacket in #1994!!!!! — KU.” Tim McGraw took the easy way out, just tweeting the cover of his Not a Moment Too Soon album (with him in a sweet mullet and a puffy black blouse) with the caption, “Hey @Jason Aldean, check out this shirt man, that was happenin’ in 1994.” But the best one has to be Dierks Bentley as a teenager with Billy Idol posters on his bedroom wall. “Embarrassing! I’ll dig around for the ones of spiked hair and parachute pants,” Bentley promised. Carrie Underwood hasn’t posted one yet because she tweeted that she was only 11, so she says it wouldn’t be very interesting. “I will look for one, though,” she said. Who would you like to see from 1994? I’d like to see John Michael Montgomery , whose “I Swear” won all the big awards that year. And Lauren Alaina , who was born that year. And, of course, Joe Diffie. “Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever … just putting out monster hit after monster hit,” Aldean said of the year. And of the song, “It totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it.”