By plane, train, automobile –– or “Big Green Tractor” –– country music fans will want to head on over to Fayetteville’s Crown Coliseum on Friday, Feb. 5, as Jason Aldean takes to the stage during his Wide Open tour, featuring special guest Luke Bryan.
“We want everyone to come on out,” said Frank Zaccaro, director of Sales and Marketing for the Crown Center. “It’s going to be a wonderful show, and we’re tickled to have him as a follow-up to the 2010 Winter Jam, which was a phenomenal success.”
Aldean, a native of Macon, Ga., sold 2 million copies of his fi rst two albums and is now on the second leg of his tour following the release of his third studio album, Wide Open, in April of 2009. His Gold-certifi ed single off the album, “Big Green Tractor,” held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart for four straight weeks. “Big Green Tractor” is his third No. 1 song, following “Why” in 2006 and “She’s Country” earlier in 2009.
As the title implies, Wide Open celebrates the unlimited opportunities life offers, while recognizing the all-too-familiar speed bumps along the way.
“Wide Open is the only way I know how to live,” explains Aldean. “I don’t do anything half-ass, and you never have to guess on where I stand on things. I’m pretty much an open book. I understand there may be hitches along the way, but if I’m in, I’m in no matter what.”
The song tells the story of a young waitress biding her time at a diner until she comes up with a better plan.
“I like the underlying meaning of this song, that the world’s wide open and the possibilities are endless,” Aldean says. “I also like the line in the chorus, ‘Slingin’ eggs and bacon with a college education,’ because it is really vivid description of the situation she’s in. She’s doing what it takes to pay the bills for the moment, but there’s something bigger waiting on her.”
Members of the Official Jason Aldean Fan Club, or the Aldean Army as it is known, have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the country music star. According to the artist’s Web site, www.jasonaldean.com, fans planning to attend the show may sign up for a chance to win a “meet and greet” with Aldean. But if you want to go to the show, Zaccaro advises folks to buy tickets as soon as possible. Seventeen of the shows on the fall leg of the tour sold out, and “the show is rapidly approaching a sellout,” Zacarro said.
Tickets for the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are available for $34.75 and $29.75 plus additional fees and are on sale at the Coliseum Main Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
For more information, visit www.crowncoliseum. com or call 910-438-4100.