Aldean it a Good Time
I'm not exactly a country music guy, but I was last night when Jason Aldean took the stage at the Marcus Amphitheater. The concert began by confirming some of my stereotypes about country music with songs and video of tractors and life in the country. This amused me a little because I did not understand what country music is about. I still might not know, but here is my best shot at getting it right.
Country music is pure. Aldean showed me that through his soulful lyrics. Many pop artists write about shallow situations where they let temptation get the best of them. Aldean's lyrics seemed to be more caring and meaningful than this. His lyrics hit home with me much more than most other artists I have heard despite my urban lifestyle in Milwaukee.
Country music can also get a crowd amplified just like any other genre of music. When the white curtain dropped and the electric guitar sang its first note the crowd went nuts. I haven't heard a roar this loud since the reunion tour of one of my favorite bands, Something Corporate. This energy did not dial down at all throughout the entire concert. Aldean kept the energy level high by reaching out to touch people's hands in the front row, and even performing a song with the female artist in the album recording of the song on the projection screen. This guy can work a room.
I might not listen to country music in my own time, but that doesn't mean that I can't respect it. I didn't know a single lyric to any of the songs, but I was still tapping my foot to the beat and cheering after every song. For one night I was a fan of country music.