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Jason Aldean Says a Rock Song Inspired ‘When She Says Baby’

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Jason Aldean celebrated his hit ‘When She Says Baby‘ at a No. 1 party at Nashville’s Pour House on Wednesday (April 16), and at the soiree he admitted which famous rock song inspired the country track.

‘When She Says Baby’ is from Aldean’s 2012 record ‘Night Train,’ and the masterminds behind it were songwriters Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip. The pair say Tom Petty‘s popular song ‘Here Comes My Girl’ was the inspiration behind the tune.

Akins tells WNCT, “I said, ‘Man we need to write a country version of a guy who’s had a bad day at work or whatever and he comes home and his girl, all she has to do is say baby and all the bad things go away.'”

In addition to talk around the song, there were also some other interesting conversations happening throughout the evening. Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex recalls Akins thanking Aldean for letting his son, country newcomer Thomas Rhett, open for him last year. Just as Aldean gave his son a chance, Akins gave the country star a chance when he was new to town.

He also recalled meeting Aldean when he moved to town in 1998. Atkins let Aldean open for his headlining show and saw that the future hitmaker had something special.

Aldean also gave a speech, making sure to thank his promotion team, country radio, his record label, and his band, as well as many others.

He is expecting to drop a new single this summer, with a full-length album debuting later this fall.

Next: Jason Aldean Sings Merle Haggard

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