(NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/CMT.com Editorial Director Chet Flippo.)
Some reasons why Jason
Aldean is an unlikely superstar:
He has not been and likely will not be on the cover of Rolling Stone, which
in these flea-bitten days of problematic celebrity remains probably the last standing true indication of full-blown stardom.
Why hasn’t he? He’s not a classifiable country “type” that the RS crowd can easily understand. RS much prefers
its country in classifiable bundles. And it especially likes malleable country stars who can be guided in interviews into
saying some things they quickly regret and other things that they will regret in the future.
The last cover-star country
artists that RS easily understood and put on the cover were Garth Brooks
and the Dixie Chicks. Brooks was an undeniable multi-genre superstar,
and the Chicks were easily labeled as rebellious but harmonious free spirits.