Interview: Jason Aldean Talks Memphis, ‘Night Train’ Tour & His New Concert DVD
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All this week, Radio.com is taking a Country Jet Set Tour of the American South, traveling to seven cities to see seven different artists in seven consecutive days. And this isn’t any ordinary road trip either, as we’re traveling by private jet! Below is our latest installment. Stay tuned for daily updates.
Day Four: Memphis, Tennessee
Graceland, Sun and Stax Records, and the blues and beer joints on Beale Street may be chief attractions for visitors to Memphis, but Thursday night (Oct. 24) belonged to Jason Aldean. That night, Georgia singer brought his powerhouse Night Train Tour to the FedEx Forum, in the heart of the Tennessee city’s downtown. And as has been typical of his live shows, he threw down hard and gave the crowd a perfect excuse to cut loose.
The Memphis date was one of his final shows of the year (his concert schedule picks back up in January). And as he told Radio.com during an interview before the show, he’s really looking forward to taking a break.
“It’s been a good year, but we’re looking forward to a couple months off,” Aldean said. He laughed a bit, because while it’s been not just “good” but a truly stellar year for the Georgia artist–more hit singles, playing bigger venues than ever before, such as Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field–it’s also been a long one.
“It’s kind of hard to sit there and let it sink in when you’re constantly playing shows and working,” Aldean says, regarding what he’s accomplished this year. “You don’t have time to reflect on it a whole lot. For me, these next couple months is a time when I have a lot of down time to sit down and take it all in, and look back and realize how big a year it’s been.”
“The cool thing about the DVD is being able to go back and look at some of that stuff, and be able to enjoy it a little bit, in a different light.”
The DVD he’s referring to is Night Train To Georgia, a 90-minute concert DVD he just released. Most of the footage comes from his show this past spring at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, where he played in front of 60,000 people.
“I’m always pretty involved in anything that has to do with our live show,” Aldean said. “At the same time I think it’s important to surround yourself with people that you trust. Guys like Shaun Silva, who produced the DVD–knowing that he’s going to capture things in a cool way.”
But as he also pointed out, putting the DVD together “was like a two year process” from the point when he and his team started talking about it conceptually, “figuring out how we wanted it to look and sound as far as songs go.”