I don't know about you, but I'm a firm believer in the power of music. Songs can change the way we look at the world. Music allows us to grieve, laugh, and smile. Sometimes certain songs can bring out emotions we never even knew we could feel. One song from country artist Jason Aldean is causing a lot of different reactions and conversations.
"Try That In A Small Town" is a new song from Aldean that was released in May. However, a new music video for the song was just premiered almost a week ago. That single video is creating controversy.
Some people have been showing their support for Jason's song and video, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
In a Facebook video, Governor Noem commends Jason and his wife Brittany Aldean for the couple's "outspoken love for law and order and for their love for this country."
"I'm just so grateful for them. I think people that go out and fight every day on these important issues and have an opinion and remember the freedom and liberty that this country was founded on get persecuted from it. We're seeing that with the Aldeans right now and the songwriters that worked so hard on this. I just want them to know we support them, we love them. Thank you for writing a song that America can get behind."
Governor Noem concludes the video by inviting Jason Aldean to perform the song or a whole show anytime at the Governor's residence on the front lawn.
Here's the video for "Try That In A Small Town" from Jason Aldean.
Jason Aldean is bringing his Highway Desperado Tour to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Friday, August 18th. Get ticket information here.
10 Smallest Towns in South Dakota
South Dakota is loaded with small towns in every corner of the state. But where are the smallest towns in the Mount Rushmore
state? According to the latest census data, here are the ten smallest towns in all of South Dakota.
Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota
Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.
Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old
as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.
If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt
, you’d be wrong. Not every
dive has a bad reputation.
What makes a dive, a dive?
A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.
You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.
The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.
Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.
Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.
Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own.
There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.
Here are some of the best and why you should go there.