After releasing arguably the best single of his career with “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean has the difficult task of following it with another single off his My Kinda Party album. Will “Dirt Road Anthem” become another career defining song for Aldean?
When I first listened to Jason’s My Kinda Party, “Dirt Road Anthem” was the first, and only, song that I skipped before the song was over. If there’s any genre that I loathe more than any it is rap. So when rap somehow finds its way into my beloved country music, I usually tend to avoid those songs at all costs. That’s why I was extremely disappointed that Jason Aldean would choose to follow up the fantastic “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with the album’s worst song.
From I gather, the song is about backwoods life and the experiences that are to be had “when the blacktop ends.” It’s somewhat a unique take on the “I’m country and proud of it” themed songs that have seemingly taken over country radio recently, but at the same time it’s an almost pointless song lyrically. The production keeps with Aldean’s country-rock roots and includes plenty of electric and bass guitars mixed in with a few noticable steel guitar riffs. The vocal performance delivered by Jason is a hard one to comment on because during the verses he’s not really singing but rapping/speaking the lines. During the chorus is the only time when he sings and he doesn’t deliver a bad vocal performance, but it’s not necessarily a good one.
Since he’s become a superstar at country radio there’s not doubt that this will be another top five hit for Jason. To me, it’s just a little disappointing that this song is coming from an artist who, on Sunday, could become the ACM’s Top Male Vocalist and possibly the organization’s Entertainer of the Year.