Jason Aldean, “Johnny Cash”
You’re setting yourself up for criticism when you name drop one of music’s biggest historical icons in a song title, and it’s gratuitious to boot. The line in the chorus is “Blasting out the Johnny Cash” in the car as he gets the hell out of Dodge with his lover in tow, but it could’ve just as easily been Bon Jovi or Guns ‘N’ Roses. Actually, it would be more believable, given the relentless big-hair rock sound of the record in the first place. The song doesn’t even have a melody, with Aldean yelling through most of the record as if he’s straining to be heard over the loud production.
Let me be clear. I’m a big fan of Jason Aldean, and I’ve loved his last two singles. He has more promise than most of the new acts coming out of Nashville today. But I assumed this must be the fourth single from the album, and was being put out to buy some time for him to finish his next record. Unfortunately, it seems that this is the launch single of his new album, as it’s not on his debut disc. That’s not a good sign for the project.
Listen Now: Johnny Cash
Buy Now: Johnny Cash