Jason Aldean Covers Alabama With His First Christmas Song

Jason Aldean: "The band Alabama has been really influential on my career."

Jason Aldean is ringing in the holiday season early.  

The multi-platinum artist recently (Nov. 4) released his first-ever holiday track, "Christmas In Dixie." Alabama initially released the festive single in December of 1982. The old-school tune touches on the pure magic of Christmas in different areas across the United States – New York, California, Tennessee, and especially Alabama. 

Aldean saved the integrity of the track by keeping the pedal steel, rhythm guitar, and stacked keyboard. However, he intertwined a modern-country flair by incorporating an ear-grabbing electric guitar solo and his unmistakable sound. 

"It's windy in Chicago, the kids are out of school | There's magic in Motown, the city's on the move | In Jackson, Mississippi, to Charlotte, Carolina | And all across the nation, it's the peaceful Christmas time," he sings. "Christmas in Dixie, it's snowin' in the pines| Merry Christmas from Dixie, to everyone tonight | Merry Christmas from Dixie, to everyone tonight." 

Following the release, the hitmaker turned to social media to explain why he decided to cover the holiday classic and how Alabama played a vital role in his artistry.  

"The band Alabama has been really influential on my career," said Aldean alongside the cover art. "So, it's cool to get to give a nod to my musical heroes with the first Christmas song we've ever put out," he added. 

Country music fans flocked to the comments to praise the jolly single and to applaud Aldean for his exquisite execution. 

"You did them proud!! It's great," shared a follower. "Oh my goodness, this is SO good! I love Alabama, always have. You did amazing on this song," added another. 

"Christmas In Dixie" is far from the first time the country phenomenon paid homage to the award-winning ensemble. In 2013, Aldean performed "Tennessee River" on the tribute album "Alabama & Friends," which also features Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood, Toby Keith, and more. The country crooner also delivered a jaw-dropping medley of their hit songs at the 2015 ACM honors. 

The holiday cover follows his double album "MACON, GEORGIA," which includes his chart-climbing hit "That's What Tequila Does" and No.1 single "Trouble With A heartbreak." Aldean previously wrapped his critically acclaimed Rock And Roll Cowboy Tour with Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, and Chase Rice. 

Aldean declared that he will be taking a "few months" to "work on a new album." The powerhouse is nominated for "Musical Event of The Year" for his song "If I Didn't Love You" with Carrie Underwood at the 56th Annual CMA Awards. 

Aldean has a string of dates already slated for 2023. For upcoming appearances and tickets, visit

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