Jason Aldean likens touring with country superstar Tim McGraw as “almost like having a free education.”
As a special guest on McGraw’s “2008 Live Your Voice Tour,” Aldean says he’s observing how McGraw interacts with fans, radio personalities and the people who work for him.
McGraw’s tour, which also includes the duo Halfway to Hazard, stops at the Ford Center at 8 tonight.
Goodness knows McGraw has this country music gig down pat. Along with his string of hit singles and legions of fervent fans, McGraw recently came in at No. 3 on Forbes’ list of the Top-Earning Country Music Stars.
According to Forbes, he made $23 million in the last year and sold 2.4 million copies of his latest album, “Let It Go.” His Soul2Soul II tour with wife Faith Hill (who tied Keith Urban at No. 7 on the list with $12 million) was last year’s second highest-grossing country tour.
Watching McGraw, Aldean might even learn how to become a rock star.
Last month, McGraw scored the 30th No. single of his long career with “Nine Lives” – a song he co-wrote and performed on with Def Leppard.
The lead single from Def Leppard’s “Song from the Sparkle Lounge” album hit No. 1 on the Billboard/RR Classic Rock chart. With the song, McGraw also became the first country artist to make the Billboard/RR Active Rock Singles chart, according to a news release.
McGraw initiated the collaboration three years ago through his long-time tour manager Robert Allen, who is the brother of Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen.
In 2005, McGraw became the first country artist to have a song on the Billboard Hip Hop/Rap Singles chart, according to the release. He did it with “Over and Over,” a collaboration with Nelly.
Clearly, he’s a man of many talents and interests; Aldean should watch closely.