With five platinum albums, 12 No. 1 hits and two Country Music Association awards to his name, it’s hard to imagine any record label would drop Jason Aldean.
Yet that’s exactly what happened 13 years ago.
Now the 36-year-old country rock superstar is on tour for his fifth record, “Night Train,” and he stops at Wheatland’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre tonight.
Aldean’s tale of success is one of perseverance. He moved to Nashville at age 21 and got signed to a major label, but he sat idly for a couple of years. Then he got dropped, depleted his bank account, and just weeks before he was ready to give up, he signed with independent label Broken Bow. He released his eponymous named debut album in 2005, his career took off and it has yet to settle down.
It’s been a good year for Aldean so far. He nailed his third consecutive Country Music Association Award nomination for Entertainer of the Year, and his current single “Night Train” climbed to the top of the charts. His spring show at Madison Square Garden sold out in less than 10 minutes, and his two summer concerts at Boston’s Fenway Park broke records for attendance (and beer sales).
But how much do you really know about Aldean? In honor of tonight’s concert, here are 12 essential facts: