musicians Jason Isbell It is jake owen clashed on social media Jason’s siderecent music controversy.
“[I] challenge Aldean to write his next single by himself. That’s what we try in my small town,” Isbell, 44, wrote via twitter on Thursday, July 20, a week after Aldean, 46, hit headlines on July 14 with his track “Try That In a Small Town.”
Although the song was originally released in May, its new music video brought the controversial lyric back to the fore among fans. “Got a gun my grandfather gave me / They say one day they’ll get it / Well that shit can fly in the city, good luck / Try that in a small town / See how far you can get it on the highway,” sings Aldean.
Isbell doubled your statement On thursday. “OK here it is @Jason_Aldean I am challenging you to write a song on your own. Alone. If you are a musical artist, make some art. I want to hear it,” he joked.
Calling Aldean, however, did not sit well with Owen, 41, who shot back at Isbell the same day. “Jason, you are always the first one to get behind your keyboard and talk that stupid shit,” Owen tweeted. “In ‘my little town’ you just walk up to the guy and be a man to his face if you want a smoke… not tweet him… Tough guy.”
Isbell didn’t seem affected by Owen’s message, revealing, “What really bothers me about this is that it’s saying, ‘If you don’t believe you can physically dominate me, you can’t publicly disagree with me.’ What does that say to the people in your life who aren’t big, strong boys? Do they just have to shut up?
Owen didn’t directly respond to Isbell’s latest tweet, but he clarified why Isbell’s criticism of Aldean’s inability to write his own songs hit the mark.
“I’ve spent my entire career trying to promote positivity. At my shows, offstage, wherever I am. I don’t like division or hatred. That’s why I replied to the previous tweet,” Owen told his followers On thursday. “Being rude, I replied because I was offended by @JasonIsbell’s insinuation that ‘if you don’t write your own songs, you’re less or not a real artist…’”
The “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” singer noted that while he’s written “a lot of songs” and recorded “a lot of them” over the course of his career, writing doesn’t mean he’s a “real artist.” Owen then thanked all the “amazing songwriters” who helped make music for decades.
“I’m a fan of @JasonIsbell’s music. I have always been. I understand that your opinions on things can be polarizing. I interrupt when I feel there is a low blow being dealt,” Owen clarified. “The ‘write your own songs’ dagger cuts me to the core because I think it’s the wrong way to encourage artists trying to do it, and frankly Jason Isbell has a great voice. He is respected.”
He confessed, “I got hot into the conversation because I’m passionate about it. I listen to @JasonIsbell and @Jason_Aldean. In hindsight, I should have been clear from the start, but my human emotions got in the way. I’m sure some will not understand my point, but this is my attempt at clarity. 🤙🏽.”
Aldean, for his part, denied on Tuesday, July 18, that “Try That In a Small Town” was a racially charged song written to incite violence.
“Over the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song released since May) and subjected to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not very pleased with the national BLM protests. These references are not only without merit, but dangerous,” he wrote on social media. “There isn’t a single lyric in the song that references or points to race – and there isn’t a single music video that isn’t real news – and while I may try to respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music – this one goes too far.”
Aldean’s comments came after some fans revealed they were surprised he was associated with guns after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in 2017. At the time, Aldean was performing when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 and injuring 546 others.
Isbell isn’t the only one who has reacted to Aldean’s enticing lyrics. Sheryl Crowe tweeted his disappointment over the song’s supposed message on Tuesday, writing: “@Jason_Aldean I’m from a small town. Even people in small towns are tired of violence. There is nothing small town or American about promoting violence. You should know this better than anyone who has survived a mass shooting.
rising star Parker McCollumon the other hand, retweeted a message in support of Aldean on Tuesday.
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“It’s hilarious to hear the media accuse Jason Aldean of writing a song that ‘promotes violence’ when almost every rap song in the last 30 years has directly and enthusiastically glorified murder, drug dealing, robbery and every other violent crime, and these people say nothing,” read a tweet initially written by the author. Matt Walsh which McCollum, 31, reposted.