Who is that future country star beneath the big ol' hat? The blond hair and toothy grin are decoys, as neither are prominent features of this hitmaker today. He's an innovator that has slowly worked his way up from barrooms to arena stages. Do you think you recognize this kid?

He grew up in Georgia, although it's possible his hair is bleached from the Florida sunshine, as he spent considerable time there. Country music came calling not long after high school ended, but he almost gave up before one last label showcase landed him a deal. Click the button below to find out whose picture this is and to see more country stars as kids.