Despite his Dangerous: The Double Album notching its record setting tenth-straight week at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart, Morgan Wallen has been completely off the radar since he was caught on tape earlier this year, drunkenly using a racial slur. But some are hopeful that Wallen will return, “sooner than later.”
Count Jason Aldean as one of those optimists, who is not defending Wallen’s actions but merely stating that he would like to see the hit maker back in the spotlight one day. Speaking on the Just Being ERNEST podcast of country newcomer (and frequent Wallen collaborator), Ernest — Aldean explained that he feels Wallen is a generational talent, and it would be a shame to lose him for good.
“To me, I think he’s one of the most talented guys that has come through this town in a long time, just from a writer’s standpoint, a singing standpoint,” Aldean said. “He was out on tour with me last year and to me — and I even told Morgan this when he was out with us — I was like, ‘Man, you’re the next superstar of our business, man.'”
Aldean had spent about an hour talking about his early career and continued success with Ernest (and also sharing some laughs and spilled beers with the “Cheers” singer), when the host asked who Aldean’s favorite artist of the moment was, regardless of genre. That’s Morgan Wallen, he said.
“I mean, you could just tell, he just kind of had that thing,” Aldean went on. “I love his voice, I love the songs he’s cutting, I love his vibe. He’s got his own little thing that’s him that’s nobody else, and I think to me that’s what being a star is. He’s the guy that I’ve been the most excited about in this town for a long time.”
Wrapping up his thought, Aldean said Wallen’s double album is filled with great songs, and if he’s able to keep doing that, he could play a huge part in country music for a long time to come. But first, he’s got to find a way to overcome his past.
“Hopefully, everything that’s going on with him will kind of get straightened out and he’ll be back sooner than later,” Aldean said. “He’s a great talent, man.”