Most Jason Aldean fans know he was a big baseball guy before country music came into his life. And if it hadn’t been for music, maybe that would’ve been his career path.
Not so fast. In a recent interview with Radio.com , Aldean admits he doesn’t know what he would’ve done without music.
“Had the music business not worked out for me, I really don’t know what I’d be doing,” he said. “I put so much into it. I started when I was 14, and it was baseball or music. I had a chance to go to college and play baseball or turn that down and pursue music. And that’s what I did. I turned that down to pursue music. Music was it.”
And, thank God, it did work out for him. He credits some of his success to his stubbornness and recalls vividly how hard those first years in Nashville were.
“I always tried to be smart with decisions I made, just tried to remember where I came from and how long it took me to get there. Even once I got to town, it wasn’t easy,” he said of his arrival 16 years ago. “I think being stubborn was the best thing for me. It made me refuse to give up and take no for an answer. No matter how many of these guys would come up and say they didn’t believe in what I was doing, I still did. I still felt that what we were doing was cool and different.”
Aldean added that when he headed for Nashville in 1998, he knew no one and had no plan B.
“Once you’re a musician, it’s not something that you just one day go, ‘Oh, I’m not going to do that anymore,'” he said. “You can always play in a bar somewhere. You can always find an outlet to play music, whatever it is. I always knew I was going to do it some way. I didn’t necessarily know it was going to be on this level. The ultimate goal was I wanted to make a living doing it.”