The Jason Aldean controversy continues on, with many people calling it one of the biggest stories in country music in the last several decades. Now, Aldean is continuing to move the conversation after the music video was shortened to remove a clip containing Black Lives Matter protest footage.

How Did The Controversy Begin?

On July 14, Jason Aldean premiered the music video for "Try That in a Small Town" on social media and YouTube, saying it was meant to appeal to a "sense of community and respect [that had] gotten lost" which he wanted "to get back to."

The song itself was released in May, and many stations were playing it -- including CMT.

Then, the video was abruptly removed from CMT’s rotation after just a few days, and Jason Aldean posted a lengthy message to his Instagram to further explain the song and its video.

He also wrote on his Instagram stories the following message:

“I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject too the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless, but dangerous,” he began, adding that the lyrics do not reference race or point to it, and that all the news footage he used was real. Referencing being on stage at Route 91, he said”NO ONE, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart. … ‘Try That In A Small Town,’ for me, refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief.”

Depending on what side you are on, you may think this is the coolest Josh Allen jersey of all time -- or the most blemished version.

Remember When, Jason Aldean Signed A Josh Allen Jersey?

Josh Allen is only the hero of, like, every kid in Buffalo ever. So it makes sense why everyone would want his jersey for the upcoming football season.

But when you finally get a Josh Allen jersey, you wouldn’t want just anyone to sign it.

However I guess there are some exceptions to that rule, especially when it comes to a celebrity with the same initials (J.A.).

Jason Aldean was in town for a concert at Darien Lake last year, and at one point during the night, Michael Czajka handed Aldean their Josh Allen jersey along with a sharpie. 

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Usually you only see Josh Allen signing the #17 jersey, but when you are as big of an Aldean fan as Czajka is, I guess it makes sense to give Jason Aldean your jersey and a sharpie to sign it. After all, Czajka named his dog Aldean!

And when you think about it, they have the same initials, so maybe the world would never know who actually signed the jersey.

Aldean didn’t miss a beat when the jersey was handed to him. He kept singing as more people kept tossing stuff towards him, so he could sign it. One hand held the microphone, while the other hand kept signing boots, hats, and everything in between.

Photo Credit: Michael Stalica
Photo Credit: Michael Stalica

It got pretty crazy, but I still think the rowdiest country concert I’ve seen was when Frankie Ballard returned to Western New York in early August. Ballard and Montgomery Gentry were at the Backlot Entertainment Venue near Clarence for Buffalo’s Country Music Festival when someone hurled a cowboy boot in Ballard’s direction during his performance.

Shortly after that, Ballard invited a few of the line dancers in the audience to join him on stage, so I don’t think he minded that much.  

Photo Credit: Lara Bridges
Photo Credit: Lara Bridges

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