April 17, 2009 — The first song Jason Aldean learned on guitar was Alabama's "Mountain Music," and he's been known to cover Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" in concert. But it turns out Jason's got a thing for singing Neil Diamond, too — the catch is, you'll likely only hear him do it if he ventures into a local bar.
"I think that is the funnest thing ever — to get really drunk and go to a karaoke bar and get up there, act stupid," Jason told Entertainment Weekly. "Now one thing I think is really lame is if you're an artist and you go to a karaoke bar and sing your own song. I like to get up there and sing stuff that I would never sing on stage anywhere else, like Neil Diamond. 'Sweet Caroline,' that's one of my standards .."
Jason's done some others, too — the Eagles' "Seven Bridges Road," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"; he's even been known to select something entirely at random and really make a fool of himself.
"Sometimes I'll get in there and do something really cool, like Otis Redding or Dobie Gray's 'Drift Away,' if I'm not smashed yet, as a kind of warm up for 'Sweet Caroline,'" he said.
Jason's playing North Dakota and Minnesota this weekend, and if he hits a karaoke bar after the show, he'll have good reason for celebration. His album Wide Open sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard country chart and No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200. The video for the first single, "She's Country," is No. 20 on this week's edition of GAC's Top 20 Country Countdown.