Jason Aldean arrives with the 'Night Train'

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

Jason Aldean is ready to release "Night Train," and it has already gained plenty of steam.

The album's lead single, "Take a Little Ride," was Aldean's highest chart debut to date, which bodes well for how the album will do when it is released on Oct. 16.

"I feel really great about the songs we recorded for this album," said Aldean in a statement of the 15 songs on the album."There are some surprises on there that might raise a few eyebrows, and there's also some more traditional stuff too.I don't like being put in a box, and I think with every record, we've had a lot of variety. ... 'Night Train' is no different.I got to do a cool up-tempo song with Luke [Bryan] and Eric [Church] ... I love collaborations like that, and I think the fans dig it when artists get together. ... It keeps it interesting."

When the Macon, Georgia, native's 2009 album, "Wide Open," propelled him into new realms with three No. 1 hits, he almost instantly gained a huge fan following. That base grew quickly when he released "My Kinda Party" in November 2010. The album, the reigning CMA and Billboard Album of the Year, sold three million copies and spent 92 weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Aldean also scored five consecutive No. 1 hits from the album.

Onstage
Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow
Info: $29.75 to $59.25, plus applicable fees; 202-397-SEAT (7328); ticketmaster.com

Before "My Kinda Party" was released, fans fretted that the sound would be very different from his previous release.

At the time, Aldean tried to reassure his fan base that he did tweak his sound but in such a way that stuck with his signature sound.

"You don't want to alienate fans who like what you do," said Aldean, noting things will be a bit different, though. "It's our type of music. It's kind of like you want to keep with what brought you to the dance, you know."

Although the sound was more mature and contained a few surprises, including some rap on "Dirt Road Anthem," it only solidified Aldean's musical innovation.

Early reports on the album bet that will happen again when Aldean releases "Night Train."

"There's no formula to music," Aldean noted. "It's meant to be experimented with. You're supposed to try things. So I love getting in there with my guys and coming up with sounds that nobody else really uses."

But, apparently, many people love.

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