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Jason Aldean will be in Arizona later this week. And I was there yesterday (Sept. 16). So I picked up a copy of the Phoenix newspaper, The Arizona Republic, which had a long Q&A with him, and Aldean had so much to say about his upcoming Night Train album. Mostly that we shouldn't compare it to his last album, My Kinda Party. "We went in and cut something I'm really proud of, and I think if people give it a chance and don't compare, they're going to love it," he said of his simple approach to making new music. "Or hopefully, they'll love it anyway." He also talked about how the album is going to be full of songs he can relate to and that are believable. "It's not me trying to convince somebody that I'm something that I'm not," Aldean said. "This is me. And love it or hate it, here you go." I've believed that -- and loved that -- since 2005, when Aldean was singing about buying beer at Amoco, cranking country radio, going muddin' and smoking Pall Malls.