Jason Aldean's professional winning streak continued in 2013, with three more top-10 singles from his "Night Train" album and a male vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music.
But his personal life took a hit during the year as well, filing for divorce from his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 12 years.
As the 36-year-old begins to formulate his sixth studio album, due out later this year, will those trials and tribulations show up in his music?
"The music may reflect it a little bit, but to me, stuff happens," he said from his home in Nashville. "It's a done deal and I don't dwell on those things. I'm all right. I don't think about that."
Aldean said he's unsure whether fans will read anything into the lyrics or the music in the upcoming album.
"Whatever. That's in the eye of the beholder, I guess," he said. "People can think whatever they want. My feeling is that I'm going to go record an album and I'm going to find the best songs I can find.
"It's about the best songs, whatever they might be," he continued. "People can dissect it all they want, I guess, but at the end of the day, hopefully it's a great record."
Aldean brings his "Night Train" tour to the iWireless Center in Moline this weekend. It's a continuation of the tour he began in February. He's onstage both Saturday and Sunday nights, the first time a country act has played the arena on back-to-back days. While both shows are considered virtual sellouts, seats for each may become available after stage configurations are set.
"It kind of makes you pump your chest out a little bit and feel pretty proud about it," the Georgian said of turning the concert double play.
"It's a good feeling to be able to do it one night, but when you can do it on back-to-back nights ..., it shows that people are on your side and like what you do. That's a good feeling."
Last week, Aldean announced his summer "Burn it Down" tour, which begins May 1 and includes four Major League Baseball ballparks. Aldean headlined during 2013 at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park.
His summer tour will help hype his upcoming album, which is partially completed, with no release date set — although Aldean is banking on late summer or early fall.
"For me it's always the sooner the better," he said. "I think, hopefully, we'll put out a new single off it in the next few months and kind of let the single dictate when the album comes out."
Aldean said he doesn't see a major change of course with his album, which follows up five platinum-selling CDs, beginning with his self-titled album in 2005.
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"I kind of view it the way I view every album I've ever done," he said. "You want to go in and push the envelope a little bit, but never get away from what it is that brought you to the dance.
"People are used to hearing what I do, but, like always, there are things out there that are going to be a little different, not right down the middle," he added.
While most of Aldean's fans were focused on his music, he made his acting debut in the Western "Sweetwater," which starred Ed Harris and January Jones from "Mad Men."
"I'd like to dive a little bit more into the acting stuff," he said. "Music's my No. 1 thing and that's what I love to do, and do for a long time. But there's things like the acting stuff that are cool to dabble in."
Aldean also sees a future as a producer, with visions of nurturing new acts until they make it in Nashville.
"I'll always be in the music business for sure," he said. "But I want to step outside the box, have some fun and do some things that are out of my comfort zone.
"We'll see what comes along."