Hear Jason Aldean Pay Tribute to Merle Haggard with ‘Going Where the Lonely Go’

Jason Aldean, Merle Haggard tribute album going where the lonely go

Jason Aldean, Merle Haggard (Ed Rode/Hope Powell/Getty Images)

What's BUZ'N

Vote For Your Top Songs mtn dew kickstart blog v2 Hear Jason Aldean Pay Tribute to Merle Haggard with Going Where the Lonely Go

BUZ'N Photo Galleries jon pardi post credit adam greenwald cbs 140 list Hear Jason Aldean Pay Tribute to Merle Haggard with Going Where the Lonely Go

Contests & Giveaways buzn nation 210x158 Hear Jason Aldean Pay Tribute to Merle Haggard with Going Where the Lonely Go

BUZ'N Videos lindsay ell post credit adam greenwald cbs 140 list Hear Jason Aldean Pay Tribute to Merle Haggard with Going Where the Lonely Go

newsletterpromo music 210x158 Hear Jason Aldean Pay Tribute to Merle Haggard with Going Where the Lonely Go

By Kurt Wolff

In 1982, Merle Haggard earned his 28th No. 1 single with “Going Where the Lonely Go.” He wrote the song with Dean Holloway, a guy Haggard has called his “best friend” who also drove his tour bus for many years. (Holloway, who died in 2009, also has a credit on another Haggard classic, “Big City.”)

Now 32 years later, “Going Where the Lonely Go” is back in the spotlight thanks to Jason Aldean. The Night Train singer cut a new version of the classic weeper as part of the new collection Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard. That album hits stores Tuesday (April 1), and today we have an exclusive stream of “Going Where the Lonely Go” that you can hear in full below.

Related: Merle Haggard to be honored with ACM award and new tribute album

Aldean covers another Haggard song for the album as well, “Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver),” but it’s “Going Where the Lonely Go” that has resonated with him for years.

“It was always just one of my favorite Merle Haggard songs,” Aldean explained. “My dad was a big Merle Haggard fan, and I just remember him playing this song a lot as a kid. So given a chance to in and be part of [this tribute], I wanted to do a song that meant a little something to me. And this was one that took me back to my days as a kid.”

Related: Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour begins May 1

Aldean may be on the charts and headlining stadiums these days thanks to guitar-heavy anthems like “My Kinda Party” and “Take a Little Ride.” So when he turns around and takes on a song as stripped-down and low-key as “Going Where the Lonely Go,” it’s a great reminder of his inherent vocal abilities — the guy knows his way around a classic country ballad.

Hear an exclusive preview of “Going Where the Lonely Go” by Jason Aldean on Radio.com 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 270 other followers