Jason Aldean launches his Night Train tour Thursday night in Bossier City, LA with special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. The trek will also feature Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan on select stadium dates this year, and Jason spent a lot of time deciding which acts he wanted to join him this year.
"It's something that kind of starts way in advance," Jason tells ABC News Radio. "I think you kind of take a look at some artists and see who, obviously, who's having some success."
On top of their big success, Jake, Miranda and Luke have all come up in the music business about the same time as Jason.
He says, "We've all worked together and toured together in the past. And that's always a big part of it for me too is being out on the road with people that I enjoy hanging out with and that I'm a fan of what they do."
Ultimately, Jason thinks about the people buying tickets to his shows when deciding who will fill those supporting slots on his tour.
"If you do it right, I think it turns out to be a great thing for fans when they come out," Jason explains.
Jake Owen is honored to join Jason for every date of the Night Train tour in the opening spot Luke Bryan filled last year.
"The way that his album sales, ticket sales and just his presence in our format, he's about as big as you can get," Jake says of Jason. "So, to be kind of the guy he puts his arm around, kind of like he did with Luke, 'This guy's my guy here.' I'm very flattered for that."
After rehearsing with his own state-of-the-art stage set and lighting rig this week in Nashville, Jake is prepared to put on a headliner-caliber show.
He says, "I'm excited for the fans out there to see it, because obviously they know what they're gonna get with Jason, an amazing, great rocking country show, but I'm excited for them to be pretty blown away with our show as well. We've been working pretty hard."
For a complete list of Night Train tour dates, go to JasonAldean.com.
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