Old Boots, New Dirt

Old Boots, New Dirt
Studio album by Jason Aldean
Released October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)
Recorded 2013–14
Length 44:13
Label Broken Bow
Producer Michael Knox
Jason Aldean chronology
Night Train
Old Boots, New Dirt
They Don't Know
Singles from Old Boots, New Dirt
  1. "Burnin' It Down"
    Released: July 22, 2014
  2. "Just Gettin' Started"
    Released: November 10, 2014
  3. "Tonight Looks Good on You"
    Released: March 23, 2015
  4. "Gonna Know We Were Here"
    Released: August 17, 2015

Old Boots, New Dirt is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Jason Aldean. It was released on October 7, 2014 via Broken Bow Records.[2] Its lead single, "Burnin' It Down", reached the top of the US Hot Country Songs chart during its second week of availability. The album was produced by Aldean's longtime producer Michael Knox. The album's second single, "Just Gettin' Started", was released on November 10, 2014.[3] "Tonight Looks Good on You" was released as the album's third single.[4] "Gonna Know We Were Here" was released as the album's fourth single.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Under the Gun(6.5/10)[8]
The New York Times(Favourable)[9]
The Boston Globe(Neutral)[11]
Rolling Stone[12]

The album received a metacritic score of 54, indicating mixed or average reviews.[5] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic thought the title Old Boots, New Dirt reflected the content of the album — that "Aldean's boots are getting a bit worn; he's no longer an upstart," nevertheless there were some freshness in the album, with modern electronics accentuating the singer's arena country songs. He judged the "casual, almost steely, assurance" of the album made it one of Aldean's best.[10] Chuck Dauphin of Billboard also thought the album to be a mixture of the party songs Aldean is known for, but he "also shows a little bit more of an emotional and sensual side than listeners might be accustomed to".[6] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times felt that Aldean had fully emerged as a "purveyor of love songs," and excelled at songs like "Show You Off" and "Tryin’ to Love Me".[9]

Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone made the observation that the album had gone further into pop territory,[12] while Jim Casey of Country Weekly also noted the "R&B and pop overtones" of some of the songs. Casey also thought that apart from a few upbeat songs and a "hidden gem" of a song in "Two Night Town", the rest were "ho-hum mid-tempos and ballads that don’t move the meter much in either direction."[1] Marc Hirsh of The Boston Globe considered the album to be "all ambition and no boldness, a solidly constructed modern country album without much in the way of inspiration."[11]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. It is Aldean's second album to reach number one on the chart, following his 2012 album Night Train.[14] The album was originally predicted to sell up to 400,000 in its first week in the US,[15] however, it only sold 278,000 copies.[16] On December 8 2014, the album was officially certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipping over 1 million copies. In July 2015, Old Boots, New Dirt reached its millionth sales mark in the United States.[17] As of November 2016, the album has sold 1,150,200 copies in the US.[18]

In Canada, the album debuted at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 16,000 copies.[19]

Track listing

1."Just Gettin' Started"  3:15
2."Show You Off"  3:08
3."Burnin' It Down"  3:39
4."Tryin' to Love Me"  3:45
5."Sweet Little Somethin'"  3:24
6."Laid Back"  
  • Michael Tyler Spragg
  • Jaron Boyer
  • Adam Shoenfeld
7."Tonight Looks Good on You"  
8."Too Fast"  3:22
9."If My Truck Could Talk"  
  • Mobley
  • Thrasher
  • Andrew Pates
10."Old Boots, New Dirt"  
11."I Took It with Me"  
  • Murphy
  • Hayslip
12."Don't Change Gone"  
  • Thrasher
  • Mobley
  • Martin
13."Miss That Girl"  2:55
14."Gonna Know We Were Here"  3:44
15."Two Night Town"  3:20



Weekly charts

Chart (2014–15) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 13
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 1
US Billboard 200[22] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[23] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[24] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard 200[25] 28
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[26] 7
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[27] 2


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2014 "Burnin' It Down" 1 1 12 2 12
"Just Gettin' Started" 5 1 54 2 44
2015 "Tonight Looks Good on You" 6 1 46 1 32
"Gonna Know We Were Here" 5 2 54 2 52


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[28] Platinum 1,150,200[18]


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October 25, 2014
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Succeeded by
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