Jason Aldean is gearing up to release a new album later this year and in an interview before the ACM Awards, the Entertainer of the Year winner said the music will go back to the sound of his earlier music, like 2009's Wide Open and 2010's My Kinda Party.

"This album really does go back to what I do best," the singer tells Rolling Stone Country. "When you go back and listen to the Wide Open album and My Kinda Party ... It's sort of the combination of those two albums. It's just getting back to what we do. At the end of the day, our core sound is uptempo rock and roll, and the slow to mid-range things are a little country. That's the system that works for us."

Released this month, the first single from the upcoming album, "Lights Come On," is an example of this "uptempo rock and roll." The song was written by Jimmy Robbins, Jordan Schmidt, Brad Warren, Brett Warren and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.

He also shares that the album will include more mature material while debating his own maturity over the years.

"As you get older, your subject matter of songs starts to change. The things that I cut 10 years ago when I was first getting started, I would not necessarily cut those songs now," he explains. "I like to think I'm older and a little bit wiser than when I started, but that's probably debatable. Well, the older part isn't debatable!"

Aldean spills to Taste of Country that "Lights Come On" was actually a late addition to the album, but he liked it so much, he decided to make it the first single.

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