Country star Aldean perfoms in Tampa

September 5, 2013 

Jason Aldean's only been in the national country music spotlight for about eight years, but in that time he's racked up more awards and record sales than most artists achieve in decades.

The 36-year-old Macon-born singer hit it big with his first album, "Jason Aldean," and its No. 1 single, "Why," in 2005. He won the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Male Vocalist that year.

His career's been in high gear ever since. He hit something of a peak in 2011 when his duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna to Stay," hit No. 1, and his album, "My Kinda Party," was named Country Album of the Year by the Country Music Association.

He's had more than enough hits to make for a strong concert, and local fans will get to see Aldean Sept. 6 when he performs at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

They'll probably even get to hear that duet with Clarkson. In earlier shows on the tour, Aldean has performed it live, with a recorded Clarkson singing from a video screen.

Opening the show are Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.

Rhett has scored country hits with "It Goes Like This" and "Something to Do With My Hands," and he co-wrote Aldean's "I Ain't Ready to Quit" and "1994."

Owen, who lives in Vero Beach, won the American Country Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2012.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $25.50-$73.90. Information: 813-740-2446, www.livenation.com.

-- Marty Clear

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