Naming dropping country stars is nothing new for Jason Aldean. His fist single from his second album was Johnny Cash. Now, on Aldean's new album Night Train, there is a song inspired by another country singer.
In 1994, Joe Diffie was one of the biggest country music stars on the planet. Jason Aldean told Billboard about attending a festival which featured Diffie and another country singer, "there was 5,000 people watching Joe Diffie and about 500 watching Kenny Chesney."
So, in the song 1994, Aldean pays tribute to Diffie and is chock full of references to the mid 1990s. The song was co-written by Thomas Rhett and he has performed the song.
It is clear the song blends country with hip-hop, which has become a bit of a staple for Jason Aldean. How does Diffie feel about the song? Aldean's people sent him the song and he says,
"First of all, wow! Jason's found a really cool niche and he dang sure delivered on '1994' big time. I mean, what else can you say but what an honor it is to have the larger part of a song reference songs of mine. To think all of Jason's fans will be chanting my name… pretty dang cool."