‘Drowns the Whiskey’ Wasn’t Jason Aldean’s First Choice for His Song With Miranda Lambert
After teasing that his eighth studio album, Rearview Town, would feature a duet with a female vocalist, Jason Aldean recently announced that the collaboration is with country superstar and longtime friend Miranda Lambert. In a recent press conference, Aldean sat down with The Boot and other media outlets to discuss how that ballad, "Drowns the Whiskey," came to be.
"Miranda and I have known each other for a long time," Aldean explains. "We kind of got started in this business together. We did a song together on my second album [2007's Relentless], called "Grown Woman," which turned out to probably be my favorite song on the album."
Aldean is not only a friend of Lambert's -- he's a fan, too: "She's such a great singer -- such a great harmony singer, too," he gushes. "I've always been a big fan of her voice, and her style."
And ever since their first collaboration, Aldean knew he wanted to record more tracks with Lambert: "I'm always looking for ways to collaborate with other people in general," he adds, "and I knew I wanted to do something else with her."
A bourbon-soaked heartbreak ballad, "Drowns the Whiskey" fits so seamlessly into Lambert's wheelhouse that it's difficult to imagine her collaboration coming in on any other track of Rearview Town; however, it wasn't the first song Aldean pitched to the "Vice" singer.
"I had a [different] song in mind, and I sent it to her, and she was kind of iffy on it," Aldean says. "I was like, 'Hey, listen, if you don't like it, it's cool. I want you to love whatever we wind up doing. We'll find something else.'" Then, he thought of "Drowns the Whiskey," and sent Lambert the track. "She loved it," he adds.
When Lambert came into the studio to record her portion of the song, Aldean actually wasn't there (he had a show to play); however, he did chime in via FaceTime to offer his thoughts.
"It turned out great, just like I thought it would," he says of the recording. "It became one of the highlights of this record."
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