Jason Aldean brought the chilly heartbreak of his new single “A Little More Summertime” to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, showing off the rediscovered lonely, windblown side of his country-rock style.
Delivering the song with quiet intensity and letting his voice drift into its upper reaches, Aldean’s latest came across like a howl from the end of an empty boardwalk pier, crying out for a sun-kissed beach romance cut short by the changing of the seasons. The second single from the singer’s just-released They Don’t Know album, “A Little More Summertime” was co-written by Jerry Flowers, Tony Martin, and Wendell Mobley and takes the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year into the wistful kind of country territory he hasn’t visited in the last few years.
“Sonically, it was just a little different than anything we had done in the past,” he told Rolling Stone Country about the track. “And I feel like coming off of ‘Lights Come On,’ it was just another one of those songs that told a story, something that I felt like we had somewhat gotten away from on the last record. And it had that nostalgia thing going on about it that I love.”
Aldean just finished two massive stadium shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, and the East Coast run of his Six String Circus tour continues this weekend with concert dates in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Camden, New Jersey.