On Nov. 12, Macon-born-and-raised country singer Jason Aldean will release the first half of a double album project called “Macon, Georgia.”
“Where you were raised has such a big influence on who you become and for me, it’s no different," Aldean said in his press release. “My little hometown of Macon was heavily instrumental in my musical background.”
Aldean has not forgotten his Macon roots in his rise to stardom, filming the music video for “Gonna Know We Were Here” downtown and frequently performing at local venues.
Many such concerts have been for community benefit. Over the years, Aldean has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Children’s Hospital at Navicent Health, earning the honor of having a street in Macon named after himself in 2017.
Aldean is once again showing his love for Macon — now, directly through his music.
Each of the double albums — named “Macon” and “Georgia,” respectively — will feature 15 tracks, a mix of new music and live versions of old favorites, like “Big Green Tractor” and “She’s Country.”
So far, there is no indication that the songs on “Macon, Georgia” will have any direct relationship to their namesake city. Nonetheless, by naming his project after his hometown, Aldean further enriches Macon’s long, historical musical tapestry.
In a recently-released single that will feature on the album, “If I Didn’t Love You,” Aldean collaborated with fellow country superstar Carrie Underwood. Fans are excited to see who else will appear on this ambitious album project, the second half of which — “Georgia” — will debut by April 22, 2022.
If you are among those excited fans, you can preorder the album “Macon” and other merchandise via Aldean’s website.
Ivy Marie Clarke ‘22 is an English literature and creative writing double major, double minoring in art and women’s and gender studies. She has served as editor of the Arts & Culture section of The Cluster for the last two years. She also interns with Macon Magazine and Mercer University Press and edits for The Dulcimer. She also enjoys drinking coffee and writing poetry.