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As Jason Aldean’s Night Train Tour winds its way to Chicago’s Wrigley Field for this weekend’s ballpark gig, its trek down the tracks has been impressive. Yet little did fans know that the single “Night Train” came thisclose to coming to a screeching halt.
“I wasn’t even looking for songs for my record when I came across it,” Jason says with a laugh during a recent interview with Country Weekly. “I was helping produce another artist, Kristy Lee Cook on Broken Bow [Records], and we were looking to find some songs for her record. I called [songwriter] Neil [Thrasher] to see if he had anything in mind, and one of the songs he sent over was ‘Night Train.’ I thought it was a hit, but she didn’t feel like it was her thing . . . but hell, the more I listened to it, I thought it was my thing.”
And so goes the story of “Night Train,” which became both the title track of Jason’s fifth studio album and its fourth single.
“I mean, everyone’s different,” says Jason, who will also headline the anticipated Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Mich., this weekend. “There are always going to be songs that work for me and aren’t going to work for someone else. I guess I was just lucky she passed on it and I held on to it for me.”