One of Jason Aldean's favorite things about showbiz are all the opportunities to work with other artists, especially outside the world of country. Case in point is his bromance with Ludacris, rapper and fellow Georgian.
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"I think it's important for artists to work together," Aldean told Billboard while on a break from his Walmart Soundcheck performance. "It's great for fans to see, like, Ludacris came out to our show in Atlanta and kinda made a surprise appearance there, it shows a mutual respect for what each other does."
The pair worked together on the song "Dirt Road Anthem," the third single off 2010's "My Kinda Party." The partnership "shows that I'm not a country artist going 'I hate hip-hop. I hate anything that's not country.' Like that's just not the case."
"I think it's cool to see a guy like Luda that was like 'Man I love that song' and he's coming over into our world kinda showing respect for what we do. And I think to me that's a big part of it."
Aldean's new album "Night Train" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month. He says people should be open minded when presented a type of music outside your comfort zone.
"If you listen to it and don't like it, cool, whatever. But you know what, you might be surprised," he said.
Earlier this week, Aldean announced he would kick off his "Night Train" tour on Feb. 21 in Bossier City, LA. He'll play 23 more dates through May, with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett supporting.