Country music superstar Jason Aldean who recently released his brand new album “Night Train” doesn’t just spend all his time playing music. Come autumn the Georgia native finds himself ready to spend time in the woods with out a guitar and instead with a compound bow, ready for some deer hunting.
Jason recently talked to Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine about his love for the sport. He said he grew up doing a bit of hunting with his dad and grandfather. When his grandfather passed away, he kind of got out it and then in more recent years it regained his interest thanks to Adam LaRoche, who played for the Atlanta Braves. Now Jason tries to schedule touring around hunting season and is now part owner of Buck Commander. They have televisions shows, DVD’s and various things like that. In addition Jason makes sure he has time to go on group hunts with the other guys. Jason discussed a little about what bows he uses saying,
“I have about five of them. We’re shooting the BowTech Insanity this year. I never had shot BowTech before, but it’s legit. Every year, I’ve shot a different bow because with Buck Commander we get different sponsors and things to try out. I have a Mathews, a Hoyt, and was with a company called Athens Archery who made a bow for us. This year we’re trying a BowTech. “
Jason also had a chance to talk to the magazine about his music and revealed the most special place he has played a show saying,
“For me, it’s my hometown of Macon, Ga., and the coliseum there. That’s where I saw all my concerts as a kid and I’ve played there three or four times. That’s really cool to play where I saw all my idols. It’s about 8,000 seats and its not huge. I’ve played places that are much bigger and newer, but that place is special.
It was about four or five years ago when I was there the first time and I had that date circled on my calendar for a long time. I was excited to play there! Standing backstage, I had a lot of emotions going on. I couldn’t believe I was about to play a place where I grew up. “
All artists have musical influences, and artists they grow up listening to that often shape their career. Jason is no different and he talked his musical background explaining,
“I grew up listening to country guys like John Anderson, Ronnie Millsap, George Strait, Alabama … I also listened to lot of ’80s rock like Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, John Mellencamp, Bob Seeger. We always listened to Southern rock with the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Just about anything, really. R&B, blues, Stevie Ray Vaughn, all that good stuff. I grew up a fan of music in general and never classified it as this type or that type of music. If it was good and I thought it was cool, I didn’t care what genre it came out of. “
It is always interesting to hear what songs the artists themselves find to be the best on an album. Jason revealed that he thinks his song “Back in This Cigarette” off his second album “Relentless” is in his opinion one of the best tracks him and his band have ever recorded.
Jason’s album “Night Train” is available now. For more from this interview check out Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine