This is the story of a Georgia boy playing sold-out arenas with his good friends, charting No. 1 singles and recording duets with an "American Idol."
Might sound like a fairy tale. But that's the life of Jason Aldean, a country singer without much flash who simply records catchy country-rock songs and can still go platinum in a digital-download age.
Aldean's new album, "My Kinda Party," will be released Tuesday and includes, among other things, a duet with Kelly Clarkson. Expect to hear a few new songs from that effort when Aldean headlines his concert Thursday night at the Oklahoma City Arena (formerly the Ford Center). Aldean's buddy and fellow Georgian Luke Bryan will join him on the bill.
"Because of the success of the last album ('Wide Open' sold 1.5 million copies), it took the pressure off," Aldean said. "I'm excited for people to hear it. It still has songs like 'Hicktown' and 'Johnny Cash.' And we try some new things. But we're not going to get too far away from what brought us here."
Aldean, who has spent his entire career on the independent Broken Bow Records label, has enjoyed a slow and steady ascension to country stardom. His first single "Hicktown" dropped in 2005. And while it was a mild hit, the song wasn't an "Achy Breaky Heart." His next single "Why" took a slow climb to No. 1. Meanwhile, Aldean built a bigger audience through constant touring and two more successful albums.