Jason Aldean’s nostalgic “1994″ is now officially the next single from his chart-topping Night Train album. “I love that this song gets such a reaction from people,” says the singer, who name-checks one of his musical heroes, Joe Diffie, in the tune. “Country music in the mid-90s was a big influence on my career, and I played all the songs that are referenced in ’94 back in my club days. Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever … just putting out monster hit after monster hit. It totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it.”
“I was a junior in high school in ’94,” Aldean says,” and Joe Diffie was huge. I remember I went to the Cherry Blossom Street Party in Macon [Ga.], with Kenny Chesney on one stage and Joe Diffie on the other stage, and there was 5,000 people watching Joe Diffie and about 500 watching Kenny Chesney.”
In 1994, Diffie’s highest-charting album, Third Rock From the Sun, reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and “Pickup Man” spent four weeks atop Hot Country Songs.
Country Artists are getting a big rise out of the song 1994 and are posting pictures of themselves from 1994.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) February 20, 2013
— Rhett Akins (@RhettAkins) February 20, 2013
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) February 19, 2013
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) February 19, 2013
OK, guys: THIS is what I looked like in #1994. REAL cool, huh? twitter.com/Jason_Aldean/s…
— Jason_Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) February 19, 2013