Childhood Memories (03:22)
Carlos Watson meets Aldean on his ranch in Maury County, Tennessee. The singer recalls the influence of his father in getting him to choose music over his first love, baseball.
Early Performances and Influences (02:21)
Aldean recalls entering talent competitions at age 14, and assembling a band to tour the regional circuit. He shares some of his influences which include Bob Seger, the Allman Brothers, and hometown hero Otis Redding.
First Big Break (03:04)
Aldean and music producer Michael Knox describe the circumstances that led to Aldean’s first record deal. Knox explains what set Aldean apart from the cookie-cutter country that topped the charts in the late 1990s.
Nashville Setbacks (02:49)
Aldean recalls being dropped from his first record deal and feeling “blacklisted.” Hudak did his best to keep Aldean busy with gigs.
Breaking Through with "Hicktown" (02:37)
Aldean revisits the time he nearly quit before being discovered by Broken Bow Records. The singer and family members describe the first time they heard his debut single on the radio.
"Dirt Road Anthem" (05:08)
Nashville insiders attribute Aldean’s success to his genuine demeanor, his “golden set of ears” and his willingness to take risks. The latter is on display when Aldean scores a hit with his cover of a Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert song that features rapped lyrics.
Las Vegas Shooting (04:01)
Williams recalls the emotion that stemmed from her son headlining Sun Trust Park in Atlanta, a career high. Aldean revisits the horrific killing spree that claimed the lives of 58 fans during a Las Vegas performance in 2017. He calls it the worst night of his life. Aldean, a gun owner, believes in reforming gun laws.
Credits: Jason Aldean: Part 4 (00:58)
Credits: Jason Aldean: Part 4
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