Aldean defends video "Try That in a Small Town"'; CMT pulls it
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 – Jason Aldean defended his controversial video of "Try That in a Small Town" on social media Tuesday, although the video was pulled by CMT.
No reason was given for the CMT decision. The decision was first reported by Billboard.
Aldean, who has engaged in political controversy before, did not write the song, which challenges those who protest the police and burn the flag to "try that in a small town."
Aldean tweeted, "In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless, but dangerous. There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it - and there isn't a single video clip that isn't real news footage - and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far.
"As so many pointed out, I was present at Route 91-where so many lost their lives- and our community recently suffered another heartbreaking tragedy. NO ONE, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart."
"Try That In A Small Town, for me, refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief. Because they were our neighbors, and that was above any differences. My political views have never been something I've hidden from, and I know that a lot of us in this Country don't agree on how we get back to a sense of normalcy where we go at least a day without a headline that keeps us up at night. But the desire for it to- that's what this song is about."
The lyrics include the lines:
" "Yeah, ya think you're tough? Well, try that in a small town, see how far ya make it down the road. Around here, we take care of our own, you cross that line, it won't take long for you to find out, I recommend you don't.""
The video was said to have been shot in front of Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tenn., where a black man, Harry Choate, was lynched by a white mob after dragging his body through the streets with a car in 1927.
Further adding to the controversy was that Aldean as performing in Las Vegas when a gunman randomly killed 58 people.
Aldean previously was involved in a brouhaha for he and his family wearing clothing that opposed President Biden. Aldean defended his actions.
Sheryl Crow lashed out at Aldean on Twitter: "I'm from a small town. Even people in small towns are sick of violence.There's nothing small-town or American about promoting violence. You should know that better than anyone having survived a mass shooting. This is not American or small town-like. It's just lame."
Jason Aldean's 10th studio album "Georgia "initially seems like yeoman's effort. As the second half of a double album that follows last year's "Macon," the collection boasts 30 songs; 20 are new. It is a more than a respectable length for a single album. The remainder of the effort is padded with live tracks. The obvious question is why so long? In Adean's case, he said he has always leaned toward having more songs than less. Upon a sit down listen you get ...
Hollywood may be pushing a broadminded agenda where there are more genders than one can even count, but in Jason Aldean's world, there are only two: tough guys, and the women that love them. There's no confusion it's a guy in the "Camouflage Hat," for example. Also, nothing is said or done without also washing it down with alcohol. The opener,"Tattoos and Tequila," breaks it down into tattoos to remember, and tequila to forget.
Within its booze for every ...
If you liked Jason Aldean's three previous number one albums, you'll like "Rearview Town." He sticks to the winning formula that has brought him past success. The 15 tracks are mainly juiced up, muscular numbers with scorching guitar. Ironically, amid the torrid tempos and high volume that dominate the collection, the ballads are the standouts, especially with the duet with the Miranda Lambert on "Drowns The Whiskey." Instead of whiskey drowning a memory, the inverse ...