Aldean gained notoriety for his well-publicized beef with Chinese reggae band Fishmans, alleging that they stole the melody of their hit single Long Season from Old Boots New Dirt's hard-hitting cut "If My Truck Could Talk". It is rumoured that he arranged a hit on Shinji Sato.
Eh, genres are a rather artificial construct. Wherever you want put this guy, he puts out decent tunes.
I also appreciate that both he and Taylor Swift employ solid drummers, which seem to be hard to find in a lot of country.
If this guy is country then Jonas Brothers is death metal. Johnny Cash was country - guy with acoustic guitar singing/telling stories. Now "country" is full of pretentious idiots, basically playing pop-rock about tractors and shit, with a violin on background.
I took my wife to see Luke and Jason at the Sprint Center, KC on 3/17. It was a great show. The were also tapping for the Buckmasters segment. Nothing like floor seats on the isle mid court. Great show and showmanship.