Jason Aldean – “The Truth”

Sam Gazdziak | September 22nd, 2009

jason-aldean-the-truthSongwriters: Brett James and Ashley Monroe.

Jason Aldean definitely knows what his fans want and expect—country songs about country life and country living…as long as they don’t sound too, you know, country.

Sure, you can throw in a fiddle or a steel guitar, as long as those instruments don’t take away from the drums and electric guitar. Heck, he’s the guy that managed to make Bryan Adams seem like a neo-traditionalist on an episode of CMT’s Crossroads.

To either give his fans a change of pace, or prove to his naysayers that he can sing a song about something other than tractors and rednecks, Aldean’s new single, “The Truth,” may be the most country-sounding song he’s ever released. It comes courtesy of Brett James and Ashley Monroe, and the combination of a proven hitmaker with a new country sweetheart results in a winner of a song.

It’s an interesting little character study they present, and a far cry from the swagger that Aldean showed on “Big Green Tractor.” When you’re begging your ex to cover for you to your buddies in case they ask her why you’re not around, you’ve gone several steps below rock bottom.
We don’t even find out what “the truth” is until the last few seconds of the song (not that it’s a surprise), and by the time we get there, the narrator has pretty much tossed every shred of self-respect out the window.

Aldean pulls it off with a very understated vocal. He only reaches for the big notes when he gets to the line, “If you ever loved me, please, have some mercy on me,” and, by then, you’d expect him to be on his knees belting the words out with whatever strength he’s got left–in that sense, it’s more about the emotion than the vocal gymnastics.

I’d like to think that this song is a sign that Aldean is growing up and realizing that country music means more than wearing a cowboy hat. I’d like to think he’s trading his pseudo-country rockers for actual country songs. He could help guide Nashville from acoustic pop and redneck rock back into country music. It’ll never happen, of course, so we’ll just have to enjoy these little forays into country whenever they happen to come around.

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  1. Wade Patry
    September 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Big fan of this song. It’s a little similar to Chris Cagle’s “anywhere but here”, but Aldean makes this song believable.

    Still wish he would of released “On My Highway” instead though.

  2. Kelly
    September 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I like this guy more than I feel like I should…there, I said it, it’s out there…

  3. Leeann Ward
    September 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Since Kelly’s confessin’, I’ll admit that I like “Big Green Tractor” a lot better than this one.

  4. Robert
    September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    i must confess that ever since i had a chance to meet him when he came here a couple years back with rascal flatts (another confession…shame on me) i’ve loved him. he’s an excellent performer, and has put out some very respectable songs

  5. Rick
    September 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Gosh, I hope this song does great just to help earn Ashley Monroe some more songwriter royalties! (lol) I don’t mind admitting that Jason’s slower radio singles have been okay and even borderline compelling at times, its the rockers I can’t stand. I think this song is just a mellow change of pace to help keep his radio singles from being too repetitive, but I’m sure a screaming rocker will follow this onto the charts.

    Jason is the big money earner at Broken Bow these days, so he needs to keep it up so they can retain Megan Mullins on the roster at the sister Stoney Creek label. That way crass commercialization can financially support true artistry!

  6. Leeann Ward
    September 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Yeah, especially since this song is from the same album as a screaming rocker, “She’s Country.” That’s why it’s doubtful that this is a sign of anything as far as “growth” is concerned, as the songs were all likely recorded around the same time.

  7. K
    September 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “t’s doubtful that this is a sign of anything as far as “growth” is concerned, as the songs were all likely recorded around the same time.”

    My thoughts excatly.

    I heard this song yesterday, and I’m definatly not a fan of it by any means. Although his previous efforts in the vein of “She’s Country”
    “Big Green Tractor” and “Hicktown” are trite and bland compared to this effort, I think those songs show off more of Jasons artistic personality than “The Truth.”

  8. Zayn Jones
    September 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    You realize the “truth” in the last few seconds? It’s in the second line of the chorus.. “I’m still strung out over you.” Just saying.

  9. Phil
    September 23, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I think the “truth” is he’s “asking you to lie”…he even states that in the song. At least that’s what I get from the song.
    So I’ll just say I like the song…because Jason told me to. lol

  10. Noah Eaton
    September 23, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I’m nearly certain that the strategy here is to release this to appeal to the fans Aldean gained through softer offerings like “Laughed Until We Cried” and “Why”………and then release “Crazy Town” as the fourth single to appeal to all the fans he gained from the noise pollution pandemonium that is “She’s Country”.

    This release is umpteen times more about calculation and rounding up all the bases than it is about maturity.

  11. Paul W Dennis
    September 23, 2009 at 3:37 am

    This song is pretty mediocre, which makes it among the best songs on the album

  12. Tom
    September 23, 2009 at 6:15 am

    why should she, actually? taylormade for radio-playlists and the charts but nothing more. when you have no expectation, jason aldean is quite pleasantly surprising. if you have some expectations regarding country music, he’s still falling somewhat short.

  13. Samantha
    September 23, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I love Jason Aldean all around!! He is great and he is on fire right now! This is a really good song but I agree he needs to release My Highway thats a really good song!! He is awesome! I hope ALL of them go to number 1

  14. stormy
    September 23, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Holy S! He’s on fire? Shouldn’t someone call 911 or something?

  15. Lanibug
    September 23, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Sadly, I have to admit to liking him more than I should.

  16. Dr. No
    September 23, 2009 at 9:38 am

    He has a oddly-shaped face.

  17. Jay
    September 23, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Wow, i thought for sure this site would slam him for this song considering its similarity to Cagle’s song, however I totally agree that it shows a lot for what Aldean is capable of. I think it’ll grow on me, but right now I’m neutral. Once I get over the similarities to “Anywhere But Here” I’ll probably enjoy it a lot more.

  18. Mike Parker
    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

    It’s okay… Aldean has grown on me, but I’m still jogging behind the bandwagon and can’t make myself jump on. I think my problem is, that when I play this up against something like Eric Church’s latest, Aldean’s effort has something missing. I can’t put my finger on what it is.

  19. JD
    September 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I liked “Anywhere But Here” a lot and this one less so. Before anyone gets ready to hammer the writers for obvious similarities between the two songs, they might need to figure out which one came first.

    “The Truth” was recorded previously by Trent Willmon….and who knows how long either one of these has been floating around town…

  20. Wade Patry
    September 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I think the similarities are no big deal. With an idea that’s not so far out there, two songs that deal with a similar situation is a similar way is really no surprise.

  21. idlewildsouth
    September 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I like this song a lot. Love most anything Ashley Monroe writes, especially when it’s written with Brett James. I think this song and “Anywhere But Here” aren’t really that similar in that they come from a different angle. In “Anywhere But Here” he’s hiding the truth from her, here he’s hiding the truth from everyone else.

  22. Noeller
    September 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Every time I hear this song – I hear Chris Cagle’s “Anywhere But Here”. I dunno, maybe I like Cagle better and am biased, but I just don’t particularly care for “The Truth”.

  23. Clemson Brad
    September 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Anyone else hear Trent Willmons version of this song? I like it much better!

  24. Jaime
    September 23, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    This has become a confessional for people who like Jason Aldean more than they want to admit. “I just can’t quit you…” :)

  25. Razor X
    September 23, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    This has become a confessional for people who like Jason Aldean more than they want to admit. “I just can’t quit you…” :)

    So who is going to grant absolution and hand out penances, then?

  26. lacey
    September 24, 2009 at 6:25 am

    i love big green tractor its awesome and jason aldean is so hot so is justin moore with a small town usa

  27. Stormy
    September 24, 2009 at 6:38 am

    That’s not a confessional, that’s a support group.

  28. melissa
    September 24, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I guess he’s not hot if he’s not with “a small town usa”? …I like Trent’s better too. Trent’s VERY much underrated. But not if you see him live. then you’ll be hooked. :) That’s someone who makes real country music, too. If you’re into that kinda thing.

  29. Thomas
    September 24, 2009 at 7:13 am

    stormy, i read your post on “big green tractor”. are we the only people, who have the impression that he’s not really singing about farming equipment with yellow wheels?

  30. mikeky
    September 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

    i get that same feeling (that he’s not really singing about a big green tractor). in which case, penicillin should clear it right up.

  31. Clete
    September 30, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I like Jason’s take on the song, although I agree Chris Cagle’s Anywhere But Here is a far superior song on the same subject. As good as a vocalist and entertainer as JA is, Wide Open is an extremely average album and a step back from Relentless. “On My Highway,” which feature his most expressive vocal performance to date, would have been a much better choice as Wide Open’s third single. It’s an anthem any JA fan, no matter where they are in life, can relate to.

  32. Kelly
    October 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    So glad to read this song got a thumbs up. When I first bought his cd this was instantly my favorite song on the cd. Anyway I have always loved Jason and his music is only getting better. If you haven’t had a chance yet check him out you wont regret it.

  33. Gina
    October 19, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Trent Willmon did record this song first and everyone should check it out. It is an amazing recording compared to Jason Aldean’s. I wouldn’t even like the song if I only heard Jason’s version. Trent’s rendition, however…awesome!

  34. Brady
    October 30, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I second Gina, Trent did it first and best. Anything Trent Willmon sings is better than Aldean’s stuff. These Texas Country guys need more attention!

  35. emily
    October 31, 2009 at 8:36 pm


  36. emily
    October 31, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    and i really do have to say i like jasons’s version of this whole theme over chris cagle. I really like his voice and all over everything much better …..

  37. Emgee
    November 11, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    It is a great song, but I always have to laugh at the idiots on this site who like to bitch and moan that country music has changed and follow with the ridiculous claim that it isn’t really country.

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