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RodeoHouston Review: Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean has been a favorite performer of RodeoHouston since his first appearance there five years ago. And for good reason.

His stage presence is such that if he started singing the Yankee Doodle, he would still have the entire audience singing along.

He has enough hits to last hours and everyone would know the words to every song. In the time allotted, however, he breezed through many of his hits (he has released 19 singles to date), all of which the crowd cheered and screamed for and sang along with, including “Fly Over States,” “Night Train,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and “Big Green Tractor”.

While many of his songs like “Amarillo Sky” are sweet and romantic, Aldean is definitely the bad boy of today’s country music. He is capable of crossing many genres, such as in “Johnny Cash” and “The Only Way I Know,” which both have elements of rap and rock-and-roll.

The crowd got more excited with the beginning of every song. Aldean’s energy rubbed off on the crowd majorly and though it was obvious when he was getting tired, the awesome controlled, yet chaotic, enthusiasm seemed to pump him up.

The audience of over 72,000 people knew every song and sang along the entire time.

Reliant Stadium was almost full and loud as could be; it was almost impossible to tell who was louder: the music or  the crowd.


Aldean surely was loving it.

Photo Courtesy of Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle

Christine Vanderwater
Christine Vanderwater is a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School. Besides being co-editor of the Chronicle Insight's print publication, she is a short story writer, novelist, blogger and poet and is on the newspaper staff at her high school.

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