It’s good to be Jason Aldean this summer. He is about to release his first album as the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year and he’s made plenty of unforgettable summer memories on his successful tour with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses.
They will share the spotlight for the inaugural CMT Concert of the Summer, airing Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The two-hour event will take fans inside the Six String Circus tour at Chicago’s Windy City LakeShake music festival with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and footage documenting one of the summer’s hottest events.
“Chicago has always been a great city for me,” Aldean tells CMT.com. “It’s funny because in certain cities, I never thought that would be the case. This was our first time playing LakeShake, and everybody had been telling me about it, but I have never really seen it for myself.
“After playing it that night, I can see why it’s such a cool festival. It’s right there on the lake, the weather’s great and it’s the perfect setting. It’s just always cool to go into a town like that that supports you so much and always has.”
While Aldean was at LakeShake, did make a point to check out some live music by Brooks & Dunn, who were also in town for the festival. The two acts worked together during the duo’s farewell tour in 2010.
“They were big influences for me,” he said. “They’ve got a ton of hits I played in the clubs over the years, so it was cool getting to go watch them perform again.”
Another epic tour memory is coming up in the next two weeks. He headlines two nights at Boston’s Fenway Park, starting Sept. 9 with Kid Rock.
“It’s going to be a little insane,” he says of the doubleheader. “We’re going to throw a tour party for everybody after the first show — something everybody will remember. We’ve had the chance to play there before, and we’ve played some cool spots over the course of this year. But I think that one is probably going to top it all.”
Aldean’s seventh studio album They Don’t Know will be released on Sept. 9.