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"It'll be my luck that the worst candidate will pick up 'Fly Over States' as his election song," Jason tells The Boot. "Then I'll be forever linked to that guy, whoever he is! [laughs] One of the things about my music is that people who are from middle America, the heartland, that's kind of where I grew up. Those people have always related to what I was doing, and this song speaks directly to those people. The song is absolutely real, and when you tell a story like that and you deliver it in a way that it's real and you're not trying to sugarcoat it, people respond to that and relate to it. That's what this song is, and why it's become popular."
Four of Jason's heartland fans proved their love for the entertainer recently when they drove eight hours last week from Nashville to Peoria, Ill., to get tickets to his May 10 show there. Jason caught wind of their fan-fueled expedition to see him and was so impressed, according to the Peoria Journal Star, he had his promoter hand-deliver pizza from famed local pizza joint Agatucci's -- complete with tiger sauce -- to the devoted four while they camped out to get their tickets. Happily, their mission was a rousing success -- they ended up with four front-row tickets to the show. The 'My Kinda Party' tour, featuring Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina, has been huge for Jason, selling out date after date all across the "fly over states."
Case in point? Georgia-born Jason broke the RodeoHouston attendance record with a crowd of 74,901 in attendance at his show last week. He beat out legend George Strait's previous record in years past but did pay homage to the Texan by taking the stage wearing a vintage George Strait concert T-shirt as he rocked the house that George built.
Jason will also perform in Las Vegas at the upcoming ACM Awards April 1, where he's up for six trophies, including the coveted Entertainer and Album of the Year trophies.