Only Jason Aldean could get “Today” to cowboy up Instagram/Today TV
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When it comes to having a great representative for today’s country music, Jason Aldean is one of the best. He’s mixed his classic country influences with today’s production and created his own sound that has made him a worldwide star. And since New York City is part of that international reach, of course a monster crowd showed up for his Aug. 25 appearance on NBC’s “Today.”

Wait … they didn’t just show up. They were screaming, singing along, holding signs and were just generally as wild and energetic as fans in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas or anywhere else that country music fans congregate. We also saw plenty of folks looking pretty authentic in cowboy hats and baseball caps.

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Well done, New York!

We’ve often wondered, though, if it’s intimidating for country stars to perform in such a cosmopolitan city. But Jason? He doesn’t look as if it fazes him at all. Hey, if they show up, then they’re fans, right?

Sadly, we couldn’t see his entire City Concert Series show on TV, but we did see him sing his most recent chart topper, “Any Ol’ Barstool,” and his signature smash, “Dirt Road Anthem.”

Jason also spent a little time inside the “Today” studios where he chatted with hosts Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones, and guest host Ellie Kemper from “The Incredible Kimmy Schmidt.”

Hey, did she put her hat on backwards?

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Anyway, in a segment of “Country Confessions” Jason dodged answering a question about his wildest story from the road, but he did talk about his pre-show rituals. “Right before we play, I go in my dressing room and hang out with my band,” he said. “My wife is usually out there. She travels with us most of the time … And we just hang out in the dressing room, listen to some music. It’s pretty laid back. Maybe a drink or so.”

He said he also does a little pre-show acoustic concert backstage and, of course, meets his fans.


Jason still has a ton of dates left on his calendar for the year, so if you haven’t caught his concert yet, there’s still time. And join that fan club for meet and greet opportunities.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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