The 61-year-old Missouri native joined the debate surrounding the song ‘Try That in a Small Town‘ – expressing her disappointment and concern, saying that she believed Aldean, 46, was perpetuating false impressions through the song’s inflammatory lyrics. Some of the lyrics in particular read: “Got a gun that my granddad gave me / They say one day they’re gonna round up / Well, that s**t might fly in the city, good luck / Try that in a small town.”
In her tweet directed at the country singer, Crow, who hails from a small town herself, emphasized that even residents of small towns are tired of violence.
“This is not American or small town-like. It’s just lame. ”She criticized the song’s promotion of violence, highlighting that it is neither reflective of American values nor characteristic of small-town life. Crow also pointed out that Aldean should be particularly sensitive to this issue, having survived a mass shooting himself during the 2017 Las Vegas concert tragedy, which claimed the lives of 60 people and injured over 400 others.
The music video for ‘Try That in a Small Town‘, which features Aldean performing in front of a courthouse known for past lynchings, faced swift backlash and was removed from CMT programming.