Jason Aldean's first hit single, "Hicktown," was released in early 2005 and peaked at No. 10 on the country charts -- but before "Hicktown" made its way onto radio playlists, Aldean was struggling with his career path. The now-superstar spent years in Nashville struggling to "make it," and shortly before signing with Broken Bow Records, he gave himself a limit of six months to get his career going; if it didn't happen, he was going to leave Music City and go back home to his native Georgia.

So, where was Aldean when he heard his first single on the radio -- keeping him in Nashville for good?

It was about 10 o'clock at night. I was going over to a friend's house, just to hang out. I had to stop by a Kroger grocery store. I pulled in the parking lot, and right about the time I was going to get out of my car, "Hicktown" came on the radio.

It took me a second to realize that it was me. I shut the door real quick and wanted to hear it, so I drove around in the parking lot a few times.

I was a little nervous that somebody was going to see me listening to my own song, which would have been kind of weird, but I didn't realize at the time that it was my first single, and nobody really knew who I was, so it wouldn't have mattered!

This story was originally written by Pat Gallagher, and revised by Angela Stefano.

Jason Aldean's Best Live Shots

You Think You Know Jason Aldean?

Get the '98.1 Insider' Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest Minnesota & music news in your inbox a couple times a week. If we're not awesome, drop us like a hot potato.