So, who is Jason Aldean?

Last month's announcement that country star Jason Aldean would perform at Nationals Park this summer happened relatively quietly; there was no press conference  announcing Aldean like there was for Billy Joel. Today comes confirmation that Aldean will perform July 25 -- one day before Joel -- but if you're not a country music fan, there's a chance you've still got questions about Aldean. 


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Give me the top-line stats.
Jason Aldean has five platinum albums, including 2012's triple-platinum, Grammy-nominated "Night Train."

Noted. Does he have any stylistic quirks that make him stand out among his peers? 
He's known to rap occasionally. You might have heard him described as "the quiet, brooding cowboy in the corner ready to jump onstage and wow everyone with an unexpected rap." (But not the "Accidental Racist" kind of unexpected. That was Brad Paisley.)

Does he have any interesting crossover collaborations?
Yes. Check out this duet of "Dirt Road Anthem" with Ludacris:

I'm getting a handle on this guy. Anything else? 
He's pals with Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche -- both are avid hunters, as you can see -- and he's probably country music's most consistent hitmaker at the moment. Each of these eight songs has reached the top of the U.S. country music charts:

"Amarillo Sky"

"She's Country"

"Big Green Tractor"

"The Truth"

"Don't You Wanna Stay" (Feat. Kelly Clarkson)

"Dirt Road Anthem"

"Fly Over States"

"Take a Little Ride"

When can I buy tickets?
Tickets for Jason Aldean go on sale Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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