Over the weekend, Jason Aldean released a music video for the latest single from his new album Rearview Town. The track and video feature Miranda Lambert harmonizing with Aldean, lamenting over an ended love that’s still so strong it “Drowns the Whiskey.”
Written by Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton and Josh Thompson, “Drowns the Whiskey” has a singalong quality that sits in an ear-pleasing, melancholy groove, conveying the sadness of a failed relationship while maintaining some breathing room with hints of humor. The song starts off with the lyrics “All the folks down in Lynchburg, Tennessee/Been working hard for good ol’ boys like me,” giving a nod to the small town that produces Jack Daniels. But Aldean continues, “I don’t wanna be the one to tell ’em/That stuff that they’ve been selling/Ain’t working like it should/But I damn sure wish it would,” because he can still feel the memory of his ex.
“Cutting this song for the album has always been a no-brainer for me,” Aldean said in a statement. “I wanted keep the video simple and really let the heartbreak and loneliness come through.”
Shot at the Springwater Supper Club in Nashville (the same bar Aldean held his album photoshoot), the setting feels familiar to anyone who has spent time in a charming dive, instantly conjuring up the taste and smell of a glass of whiskey.
The dreamy lighting coming through the windows bathes Aldean and Lambert while they perform their second recorded duet, the first being “Grown Woman” from Aldean’s 2007 record Relentless. The video gives viewers an open-ended story. It could be showing us two broken-hearted people sharing laughs and a game of pool, a flashback of a pair who are no longer together or simply the possibility of what could have happened if the two weren’t so involved in their heartache.
“Drowns the Whiskey” marks the second single from Rearview Town, released in April 2018 through Broken Bow Records. The first single, “You Make It Easy,” debuted in February. Aldean is currently on his High Noon Neon Tour which will take him all over the United States until the end of September.