Jason Aldean built his career the old fashioned way. Early on, it was gigs in his hometown bars, and then, upon moving to Nashville, he struggled for five years, and thought about quitting dozens of times. Finally, when a chance of scoring a record deal seemed all but lost, he met the right man in the right bar and things took off from there.

The naturally quiet country singer has a few quirks and stories that even the most loyal fans may not have heard. Here are 10 things you probably don't know about the 'Big Green Tractor' singer, including who was originally offered that song and what he turned down to pursue country music.