Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
Jason Aldean may be headlining stadiums this summer, but the “Night Train” and “My Kinda Party” star still vividly remembers the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio.
“I was going to a friend of mine’s house,” Aldean recalled during aRadio.com interview this spring in Nashville. “I stopped by the grocery store, and right about the time I went to get out of the car, I heard the kickdrum of the intro to ‘Hicktown’ come on the radio. I was excited, man. I jumped back in the car, shut the door, and just drove around the parking lot a little bit.”
He remembers hesitating for a second, though, thinking that if people noticed that he was driving around the parking lot listening to his own song, that might be “kind of weird.” But he quickly also realized that fear was unrealistic. “I was a new artist,” he said smiling, “so nobody knew who I was anyway. So it really didn’t matter.”
Released in 2005 and appearing on Aldean’s self-titled debut album, “Hicktown” was the country superstar’s first Top Ten hit.
– Kurt Wolff, Radio.com