May 02--Fans of country singer Jason Aldean no doubt are thrilled that he will headline Saturday night at the United Spirit Arena.
Be assured, though, that they also are keeping an eye on local movie theaters, hoping one local cinema will take a chance on a western called "Sweetwater."
The movie stars Ed Harris, Jason Isaacs, January Jones -- and co-stars Aldean as a henchman hired by the Bad Guys.
Mind you, he was offered a much larger part, but Aldean explained to reporters, "If I was going to be bad, I wanted to be on screen the least amount of time as possible."
Everyone on screen has fared well in the independent western, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Aldean has talked about the movie so much that it no longer can be considered any sort of "spoiler" to reveal there is no way he'll return for a sequel.
He's never made fans wait for new music, though. Aldean albums include: 2005, a self-titled debut; 2007, his sophomore effort, "Relentless"; 2009, "Wide Open"; 2010 "My Kinda Party"; and 2012, "Night Train."
That said, there are three mysteries in his life, and he must suffer another two weeks before he'll know how he fared at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
The ceremony will be televised May 19 on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
He is no stranger to the folks with Billboard Music, and won their award for his album "My Kinda Party."
This year, he again is riding a wave of three Billboard Music nominations.
Once again, he is nominated for Best Country album.
"Night Train" was released on Oct. 12, 2012, and became the biggest album debut by any male artist in the past five years. He now is competing against hot albums by Luke Bryan, "Tailgates and Tanlines"; Lionel Ritchie, "Tuskegee"; Taylor Swift, "Red"; and Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."
Aldean also is nominated for Top Country Artist. The other nominees: Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Swift and Underwood.
Some feel this year's more prestigious nomination is Top Male Artist, competing against Justin Bieber, Drake, Flo Rida and Bruno Mars.
Headlines last week revolved around his filing for divorce, after being married for 11 years to his high school sweetheart. Just prior to that, though, Aldean fared well at the 2013 Academy of Country Music awards.
Bryan won Entertainer of the Year, leaving Aldean satisfied with a nomination.
But Aldean was named Male Vocalist of the Year.
He, Bryan and Eric Church also recorded "The Only Way I Know" together, and left Las Vegas sharing an award for Vocal Event of the Year.
Meanwhile, Aldean has enjoyed seven consecutive chart-topping singles, and continues to earns praise from critics for his concerts.
He reportedly has added rock influences and still emphasizes some original Aldean hip-hop when shouting "Hey! Joe! Joe Diffie" while singing "1994."
Tickets are on sale at Select-A-Seat outlets.
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