Florida Georgia Line Explains Why They Passed “Burnin’ It Down” on to Jason Aldean

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley knew “Burnin’ It Down” was a big hit as soon as they co-wrote it with songwriter Rodney Clawson. So, why did they give it away to Jason Aldean?

It turns out the song was written about a year ago, and FGL had just finished up recording the new tracks for the re-release of their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times. They knew they wouldn’t be able to put it out for at least a year or more if they held on to it.

“The timing was tough on it,” Tyler tells ABC News Radio. “We were listening to it one day, and I think it was B.K. that said, ‘Hey dude, I think Jason would kill this song. We should try to give it to him, and at least let him hear it.’ And next thing we know, he’s cutting it.”

“Burnin’ It Down” has gone on to become a huge hit for Jason as the lead single from his just-released album, Old Boots, New Dirt. Having a superstar record one of their songs is a big dream-come-true for Florida Georgia Line, too.

Says Tyler, “We’re songwriters at heart, first and foremost. To get an outside cut’s big for us. I mean, that’s what we dreamed of for years.”

As for that line in the song about laying “naked in my bed,” Brian says they gave Jason the option of not singing it all. While recording the song’s demo, Tyler explains, “We threw in ‘dreaming [in my bed]‘ on the second chorus, ’cause we didn’t know who was gonna cut it.”

Jason sang that “naked” line with no hesitation, and Brian couldn’t be happier with the end result.

He says, “You know when the right song gets to the right person when you hear it back like that. It sounds incredible. He crushed it.”

Florida Georgia Line isn’t hurting for hit songs at all, though. Their latest single, “Dirt,” is included on the duo’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, due out next week.

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Zac Brown Band Releasing “Greatest Hits So Far…” on November 10

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band‘s first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits So Far…, is coming out November 10. Kicking off with their debut hit, “Chicken Fried,” the 14-track  collection also includes their collaborations with Alan Jackson on “As She’s Walking Away” and Jimmy Buffett on “Knee Deep.” Hits like “No Hurry,” Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Toes” are also featured.

Here’s the Greatest Hits So Far… track listing:

“Chicken Fried”
“Whatever It Is”
“Highway 20 Ride”
“As She’s Walking Away” (featuring Alan Jackson)
“Colder Weather”
“Knee Deep” (featuring Jimmy Buffett)
“Keep Me in Mind”
“No Hurry”
“The Wind”
“Jump Right In”
“Goodbye in Her Eyes”
“Sweet Annie”

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Keith Urban Picks Up Two Nods for Australia’s ARIA Awards

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Keith Urban on his nominations at this year’s ARIA Awards, Australia’s equivalent of the Grammys. His latest album, Fuse, is up for Best Country Album. Keith’s also mentioned in the Best Live Act category for his Light the Fuse tour, which kicked off Down Under. The ARIA Awards will be handed out in Sydney, Australia on November 26.

Back in the U.S., Keith is up for four CMA Awards next month including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Fuse. Look for Keith to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Brad Paisley Co-Stars with His Fans in “Perfect Storm” Video

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley‘s new video for “Perfect Storm” includes his fans in a big way. He called on his Twitter followers to submit photographs of either themselves or a special someone wearing a t-shirt in a reference to the line in “Perfect Storm,” “She destroys me in that t-shirt.”

Brad chose 42 of the photos to appear in the new clip and let selected contributor know via Twitter to look for themselves in the video. Of course, Brad included a photo of his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, for the clip, too.

The “Perfect Storm” video is now live at CMT.com. The song is included on Brad’s latest album, Moonshine in the Trunk, out now.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean, Eric Church and Luke Bryan collaborated on which hit single from Jason’s album, Night Train? ANSWER: “The Only Way I Know.”

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Lady Antebellum Releases “Fun and Different” New Single, “Freestyle”

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has released the uptempo track “Freestyle” as the new single from their just-released album, 747. It follows their recent #1 hit, “Bartender.”  Lady A plans to keep the party going strong with “Freestyle.”

The group’s Charles Kelley admits “Freestyle” is so “fun and different” it actually scares him a bit to put it out. He explains, “The song conjures up all of these vivid images — tons of pop culture — and the best part is it can be taken so many different ways. We just wanted to put a song out there about living life and having a little fun with an ‘anything goes’ type mentality.”

Look for Lady Antebellum to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing live November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Jason Aldean Ready to Move Forward with His Life and Career on New Album, “Old Boots, New Dirt”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt, is now on sale featuring his latest hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” That sexy song is something of a departure for Jason, but fans of his hard-rocking signature sound will find plenty to love about the new album.

Jason even hints at that mix of old and new sounds in the album title. He tells ABC News Radio, “Well, I think Old Boots, New Dirt kind of applies to a lot of things. It sort of applies to musically where I’ve been, where we’re going.”

While he forges a new musical path on Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason is once again backed up by the guys who know him best — his road band. Unlike other artists who bring in studio musicians when they record, Jason sees his band mates as essential to creating the sound he wants on his albums.

He says, “I think that the overall sound is definitely a band effort, I guess you could say, and I think it could be very easily a band, you know. Had I decided to be the lead singer of a band, that could have been the thing.”

Jason has the final say when it comes to which songs make it on his albums, though. Since he went through a divorce and went public with his now-fiancée Brittany Kerr while making Old Boots, New Dirt, fans may wonder if he’s addressing those life changes directly on the new album. Jason says listeners shouldn’t expect any big revelations about his personal life on the project.

“I didn’t make it a conscious effort to go in and drag those things into the making of the album,” Jason explains. “If some of that stuff ended up influencing the record, then it did. It wasn’t my intention.”

Jason does feel the album title, Old Boots, New Dirt, speaks to his desire to move forward with his life and his music now that he’s engaged to Brittany.

He says of the title, “I feel like that’s a great metaphor for, like, being able to now finally put a lot of things behind me that have sort of been weighing me down over the last couple of years — putting a lot of that stuff behind me and looking forward to what’s to lay ahead.”

Jason performs on both NBC’s Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday to promote the new album.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRascal Flatts will perform their latest single, “Playback,” on ABC’s The View Friday.

Carrie Underwood‘s new single, “Something in the Water,” sold more than 124,000 downloads in its first week. That’s Carrie’s best-ever opening week sales tally ever.  

Toby Keith‘s new single, “Drunk Americans,” will be released to country radio and to fans digitally on October 14.

Chris Young is performing at the Nashville Basket Brigade’s Fundraising Fright Night at the Tin Roof Nashville on Wednesday, October 29. Proceeds go to help feed local families in need this Thanksgiving.

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The Swon Brothers Make the Hard Jump from “The Voice” to Country Radio with “Later On”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers burst onto the national scene in a big way as contestants on NBC’s The Voice, but they knew that was no guarantee their debut single, “Later On,” would become a hit at country radio. Their coach on The Voice, Blake Shelton, made it clear they’d have to work very hard to earn their spot on those radio playlists.

The duo’s Zach Swon tells ABC News Radio, “You still have a lot of loyal fans, but getting the radio audience is a little harder task, and you have a lot to prove. I think that starts with the music. You gotta do something that connects with people or makes them feel something.”

Clearly, the fans and country radio love “Later On,” which is currently sitting inside the top 15 on the country chart. Getting that kind of exposure with “Later On” has really given a shot in the arm to the The Swon Brothers’ concerts, or “Swoncerts” as they like to call them.

“We know it’s paying off, ’cause now when we do shows, everybody sings it back to us,” Zach says, “and that’s the best feeling in the world.”

Fans can hear much more from The Swon Brothers when their self-titled debut album comes out next week.

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Jerrod Niemann Hosting Benefit Concert for Songwriting Hero Whitey Shafer Tuesday in Nashville

Image Courtesy Arista Nashville/Darrin DickersonJerrod Niemann is hosting a benefit concert for legendary songwriter Whitey Shafer Tuesday night at Honky Tonk Central on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. Tickets will be on sale at the door, and Jerrod promises fans some big surprises at the show.

Whitey Shafer is a co-writer of country classics like Lefty Frizzell‘s “I Never Go Around Mirrors” and “That’s the Way Love Goes” as well as George Strait‘s “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and “Ocean Front Property.” Shafer has been experiencing some health problems lately, and Jerrod wanted to help his friend out.

Says Jerrod, “Whitey is the first phone call I made when I moved to Nashville. We became buddies and he was kind enough to take me under his wing and open some doors for me. He’s my favorite songwriter, and I am so excited to be able to assist him in any way.”

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