Picture Jason Aldean as a kid, glued to his radio, listening to the countdown of the week’s country songs.
Now fast forward to Aldean as a grown man and a big part of those countdown shows himself.
Those two sides of Aldean came together Wednesday night (Feb. 22) inside the Country Music Hall of Fame, where radio personality Bob Kingsley hosted Broken Bow Music Group’s party for country radio folks at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
“That’s pretty cool having Bob Kingsley up here,” Aldean said, noting that he told the Country DJ Hall of Fame member that he listened to his weekly countdown show when he was growing up in Macon, Georgia.
“And one of the highlights of my career was the first time I had a Top 40 song, and he announced it on the radio. I got to hear his voice say my name.”
He also compared the room’s intimate crowd with some of his early shows when he was a brand new act.
“It’s quiet out here. It sounds like the first time we ever played a show. I figured you guys have been here for a while, and I thought you guys would be liquored up by now,” he laughed.
Aldean went on to warn the crowd that he and his band had been off the road for a couple of months and might not remember the words to the songs. But he did just fine on his latest hits, “Any Ol’ Barstool” and “A Little More Summertime.”
Other artists from the Broken Bow group of labels — including Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, Thompson Square, Parmalee and Jackie Lee — each took the stage for one song during the special showcase.