November 8th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Soundcheck: Jason Aldean is having a moment

It's been a breakthrough year for Jason Aldean.

His fourth studio album, "My Kinda Party," is the best-selling country disc of 2011, and Wednesday he heads into "The 45th CMA Awards" with a whopping five nominations, including Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

"We haven't been nominated for any until this year," says the 34-year-old Georgia native. "It's like, pick one! I'd love to win one of those."

Aldean's been dominating the airwaves with his distinct blend of country and Southern rock.

In the same way that Kenny Chesney has cornered the market on beach-themed country songs, Aldean's built his brand as the dirt road good-time guy - the dude who parties out of the back of his truck, as a bunch of pretty girls gyrate around him in slow-mo. And the way his hospitality room is set up backstage at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheater does nothing to throw cold beer on that image.

The room's centerpiece is a giant wardrobe case that's been converted into a liquor cabinet with a built-in bar.

"This is just a little road case that we take around with us to every show. After the show, it just kind of rolls right into the truck and comes off the next day. So it's a cool little thing," he explains.

It's an hour or two before Aldean hits the stage, and the show is sold out, as many of his concerts are these days. People are strolling the concourse in cowboy hats and boots - a rare scene in Hollywood.

Aldean and Lady Gaga have just been announced as two of the performers on CBS' "Grammy Nominations Live!" telecast at the end of November. This could be a good sign that Aldean will receive a little love from the Grammy folks when nominations are announced. But just when you think momentum is in your favor and you're unstoppable, there's always something to smack you down again.

In this case, it comes in the form of a souvenir from one of the nearby gift shops. A member of Aldean's crew has been shopping, and he pulls a picture frame out of a plastic bag.

"Seven bucks," he says proudly.

A photo of Aldean adorns one side of the frame. On the other, a bio that wrongly identifies him as another country star - Dierks Bentley.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. chris

    hey yall

    January 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Matt F

    Great Album

    November 9, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Beautiful Vixen

    Lol..Good to know. I had a feeling it wasn't but wasn't sure. I think I know who it may be. Thinking more Good night luv.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. erich2112x

    Country music fans are so fckn fat.

    November 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Beautiful Vixen

    Yes it's me Evel. Hope your day is going well.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lo

    I went to his concert at the Gibson in LA, and it was AMAZING. Only someone like Jason Aldean can get that big of a country crowd together. It felt like being home, seeing everyone in their boots and cowboy hats. We can party here in LA, too! He was great live. So good for him!

    November 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @@evel

    High vixen. I no it is u.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hillbilly

    A bunch of yall are racist to country people.oh wait thats the leftest way.put down anything yall dont like like.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @Evel

    See you are out in full force today luv...lmao. Have a great day.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sam W

    For the record his kinda party is the best of the year.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatguy

      to be fair "his" kinda party isn't his. He is the second person to record that song, the original is by Brantley Gilbert who wrote it, Aldean heard that and went and bought rights to re-record from Brantley. Same with dirt road anthem, also written and recorded first by Brantley who co-wrote and co-performed the song with Colt Ford.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ whatguy

      Brantly and Colt are more than welcome to the party!! Brantly is an awesome artist and writer! : )

      November 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelsy

      @Whatguy Jason totally made both of those songs 50x better. These songs are boring in their orignal versions... big time.

      November 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam W.

      @ whatguy: I know he re-recorded those 2 songs. I was talking about his album My Kinda Party. 😉

      November 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alabama man

    Squeal like a pig.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. @Evel

    I'm sure you'd like to join the action at that trailer! It's your kind of thingie!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. sky rain

    Yeah. She is a dooooodooooohead. A smelly one.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. tracie

    Adele should play Ms Piggy in the Muppets remake.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |

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