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Jason Aldean’s Flying High With Recent Chart-Topper

A mistake becomes a hit for the singer.

Michael Knox (producer), Benny Brown (Pres/CEO Broken Bow Records), Jason Aldean, Michael Dulaney (songwriter)
photo by Kendra Gene Motycka

Sometimes it takes a while for a song to find its perfect home. Jason Aldean’s latest No. 1 hit, “Fly Over States,” is a good example. The tune was written seven years ago by Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney, but didn’t find a place with the perfect artist until Jason considered it for his 2009 album, Wide Open.

“The first time I heard this song was when we were recording the Wide Open album, and it was a song I fell in love with. We ended up not having a place to put it on the album,” Jason tells “So I ended up kicking myself a little bit for not recording it and, luckily for me, it was still available when we starting cutting the My Kinda Party album, so it was one of the first things we cut from that. To me it’s one of those songs that you can listen to it and visualize everything that is going on in it. Melodically and what it says, is for me the kind of stuff I like to sing about. It’s a perfect fit. The only thing I was worried about with this song when we put it out, was I didn’t know if it was going to be targeted toward a certain demographic, which I really didn’t want. I wanted it to be wide open and people to understand it. Even if you weren’t from fly-over states, you still understood where it was coming from. Obviously, that was something I shouldn’t have worried about because it did just fine.”

It certainly did, making it the third No. 1 single from My Kinda Party. A group of industry members celebrated the song's success with a party held at performing rights organization ASCAP's Nashville offices. Along with several plaques that Neil, Michael and Jason took home commemorating the chart-topping hit were medallions from the Country Music Association and an award from the Country Radio Broadcasters. Jason was also surprise with a plaque for his previous single, “Dirt Road Anthem,” going triple platinum, for selling more than 3 million copies.

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