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Jason Aldean ready to rock Tampa stage

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Jason Aldean would like to set the record straight.

Despite whatever rumors, gossip or paparazzi shots you may have come across, the country star, known for perpetually keeping his head covered with a cowboy hat or a backward baseball cap, does, in fact, have hair.

“It's rare you'll catch me without one, but I promise you I'm not bald under there,” Aldean said with a laugh when he called before a recent concert in Pittsburgh. “I don't sleep in them or anything. I just like to wear hats, and I do own quite a few of them.”

Aldean, who plays the MidFlorida Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday, sounded awfully relaxed for someone who was about to step on stage in front of more than 20,000 people in less than two hours, but for a born performer like him, it's his favorite part of going to work, he said.

“I dont really think about (sales) numbers, it's the fact that I get to do what I do that's important,” said Aldean, who's sold more than eight million albums and is the reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year. “I dig going out and performing every night, making sure everyone has a great time from start to finish. As long as they let me keep doing that, numbers are just numbers.”

Aldean's Night Train Tour is drawing giant crowds and great reviews, but fans should know his current live shows have a rep for feeling and sounding as hard rock as they do country. That's not surprising for Aldean, who has never shied from other genres, from rapping on his hit “Dirt Road Anthem” to performing with fellow Georgia native Ludacris on the CMT Awards.

“I loved doing that,” Aldean said of his team-up with the rapper. “I've always been a fan of music, of everything, from rock, pop and blues to R&B and country.

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