Asked about progress on new music, he told reporters, “Actually, we’re about to wrap up a new album — to go in and put vocals on it this week, as a matter of fact. I think we’ll have a new single coming off of it at the end of June, first of July, something like that. And then an album dropping later this fall. We have a new tour that kicks off in May to go along with all of that. It’s coming. There will be stuff before the end of the year.”
In the meantime, Aldean contributed two tracks to Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard released last week by Broken Bow Records.
“I think a lot of people probably will listen to my music and don’t realize that I grew up on a lot of traditional country music, stuff like Haggard,” Aldean said. “We did a song on there called ‘Are the Good Times Really Over.’ That’s a song that I used to play in the clubs back before I had my record deal or anything.
“I love that stuff. I’ve said this numerous times. I love doing things like that,” he added. “It’s not necessarily what I want to go out and play for an hour and a-half every night onstage, you know, but I love it.
“Any time I get a chance to something like that, it’s a lot of fun for me to go back and get out of my comfort zone and do something I haven’t done in a while. It’s cool to be able to do that every now and then.”