There’s nothing I love more than the lyrics to country songs, so when I opened Jason Aldean’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, I spent a good hour reading and rereading the lines from some of my favorite tracks. Like “Tonight Looks Good on You,” “Too Fast,” “I Took It With Me” and more.
But then I got to the really good part — the end — when Aldean takes some space and time to acknowledge all the people behind the scenes who either supported him or loved him or both. So, for starters, there’s God, his daughters and his bride-to-be, Brittany Kerr.
“First of all, I wanna thank God for this AMAZING career he has blessed me with over the last nine years. My two babies Keeley and Kendyl, I’m so proud of you and the little ladies you have turned into. Words could never describe how much I love you guys,” Aldean said.
“Britt, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have you in my life,” he wrote of his fiancee, adding, “We have been through hell and back, and it has only made us stronger. I love you, baby doll.”
He also thanks his parents and a long list of his friends and family back home in Georgia.
“Thank you for giving me a place to hang out and escape the craziness when I come home,” he tells them. And Cousin Dale, who Aldean says has had his back since birth, received these kind words of thanks: “I can’t tell you how happy I am to have you with me out there on this journey. Who would have ever thought all this would happen?”
Aldean’s gratitude continues when he thanks his band (“I wouldn’t want to be out here with anyone else”) and his producer Michael Knox (“All this has happened because you saw something in me nobody else did. You are like a brother to me and I can never say thank you enough. I love ya man”). He also thanks his road crew (“I don’t tell you guys this nearly enough, but y’all are the s@#t”).
And, of course, he thanks his fans.
“You guys are the reason I get to do what I love,” he said. “The last nine years have been a blast, and we are just gettin’ started. My boots are a little older but they’re just getting broke in, and I hope you like where they are taking us.”
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