Josh Turner explains some hometown sayings in the latest episode of his video series Unscripted.
Josh is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Hometown Girl.”
How in the world does a tour headliner and superstar get left behind on tour? Well, it happens, and Dierks Bentley found out the hard way this past weekend. It seems Dierks got caught up talking to a couple of his buddies and totally missed his entire Somewhere on a Beach Tour leave him behind in Maryland Heights, Missouri. He actually had to call his tour bus driver to come back and pick him up.
“[For] 12, 13 years, and I’ve never been oilspotted. Oilspotted is when you walk back out to where your ride is supposed to be and you look down and all you see is oil on the ground – oilspotted,” says Dierks. “So, I was on a bus with my buddy Brian O’Connell and Randy Houser was on there and my booking agent, Jay Williams, was on there, and then at some point it was just me on there with Brian. We were just talking, talking, talking, and I walked off the bus and looked out, and it was a parking lot. All the seven semi-trucks were gone and all the busses were gone, and it was just crickets. I was like, what is going on? I called my bus driver, and he was about a half hour down the road, and I was like, ‘You’ve got to come back and get me. I’m not riding on Brian’s bus. He’s not even going to where I need to go.’ So, I started walking down the service road and trying to make the drive back for my bus driver a little shorter. He picked me up and we went on to the next gig.”
At his next gig, everyone, including band and crew, got into the act of making fun of him. “The next day on tour, people had made T-shirts and there were signs posted all around that said, ‘Missing.’ It made for some good tour stories, for sure,” said the dad of three. “This was the first time it had happened for me, and at some point in everyone’s career on the road, they’re gonna get oilspotted, so it took me a while to reach that spot, but I’m officially in the club now.”
The next stop on Dierks’ tour, which also features Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beatherd, is in Mountain View, California September 9th.
Dierks is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Different for Girls,” featuring Elle King.
Dierks Bentley (being left on tour) OC: …the club now. 1:10
“Yeah, you know, 12, 13 years, and I’ve never been oilspotted. Oilspotted is when you walk back out to where your ride is supposed to be and you look down and all you see is oil on the ground – oilspotted. So, I was a bus with my buddy Brian O’Connell and Randy Houser was on there and my booking agent, Jay Williams, was on there, and then at some point it was just me on there with Brian. We were just talking, talking, talking, and I walked off the bus and looked out, and it was a parking lot. All the seven semi-trucks were gone and all the busses were gone, and it was just crickets. I was like, what is going on? I called my bus driver, and he was about a half hour down the road, and I was like, ‘You’ve got to come back and get me. I’m not riding on Brian’s bus. He’s not even going to where I need to go.’ So, I started walking down the service road and trying to make the drive back for my bus driver a little shorter. He picked me up and we went on to the next gig. It was really funny. The next day on tour, people had made T-shirts and there were signs posted all around that said, ‘Missing.’ It made for some good tour stories, for sure. This was the first time it had happened for me, and at some point in everyone’s career on the road, they’re gonna get oilspotted, so it took me a while to reach that spot, but I’m officially in the club now.”
The Academy of Country Music® (ACM) announced that Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will take the stage at the 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ for a special tribute to Glen Campbell, who as previously announced will be honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award. The country music luminaries will perform an all-star medley of Campbell’s greatest hits, culminating to an ensemble performance of the iconic “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Kim Campbell will accept the award on behalf of her husband (of 35 years).
Toby Keith and Blake Shelton join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban and hosts Lady Antebellum. Additional performers and presenters will be announced.
The 10TH ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by multi-ACM Award-winning group Lady Antebellum, the two-hour special will tape on Tuesday, August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and make its television debut on Friday, September 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for the special taping are available for purchase to the general public now at Ticketmaster.com.
For more information on the Academy of Country Music and the ACM Honors, please visit www.acmcountry.com.
About ACM Honors™
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 10th Annual ACM Honors takes place Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and – for the first time ever – will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Tiffany Moon is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $60 and $100 and will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com.
Dierks Bentley (Glen Campbell tribute) OC: …part of it. 1:05
“He’s got some ties to Arizona and someboy who spent some time there, and when I moved to Nashville and got into bluegrass music and I discovered ‘Gentle on My Mind’ was a big song that John Hartford had written, so he had a little bit of world in the bluegrass community. But some of these bigger hits are so good and so classic and they’re so different than anything else out there. And he just has a way of performing that I’ve always felt like he’s one of those guys that if all of the power went out and there was no PA system and no band behind you and it just had to be just you and a guitar, he could entertain that crowd just as well as if they had all of the lights and production, and it’s Glen. He’s such a great singer, great musician and so funny, and such a great storyteller. He really carved out his niche. There’s no one that’ll ever sound like him – a classic legend. I’m honored to get the chance to perform on this tribute show for the ACMs [Honors], to be a part of this tribute. I’ve always felt connected to his music, grew up listening to it. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Alan Jackson is set to open his own honky tonk, titled AJ’s Good Time Bar on historic Broadway in downtown Nashville. The country superstar purchased the 6,000 square foot property, formerly known as The Wheel, which closed this past Saturday night (August 21st). The newly renovated club will undergo renovations, which is said to include a rooftop patio.
AJ is also partners in the popular hangout Acme Feed and Seed located on the corner of Broadway and 1st Avenue South.
“Luke Bryan Scores TD in First Show at U.S. Bank Stadium” (headline) – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Bryan will continue to reign this coming weekend when he plays his first ever show at the iconic Wrigley Field in Chicago, home of the Chicago Cubs and it is SOLD OUT! Other stadium dates include AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on October 22 and he closes the tour on October 29 with a return to Ford Field in Detroit, MI.
For information on tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com. Citi is the official credit card of the Kill The Lights Tour. Live Nation is the national tour promoter.The Kill The Lights Tour is in promotion of Luke’s Platinum-selling, No. 1 debuting Kill The Lightsalbum which became the best-selling country album of 2015 and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. Kill The Lights contains four consecutive No. 1 singles, “Kick The Dust Up,” “Strip It Down,” the two-week No. 1 single “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and most recently “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Everyday.”
Kill The Lights Tour
For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.
U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and on Monday, September 5th, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.
Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or their dream job now.
AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
“I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”
Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
“I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in south Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”
Canaan Smith (worst jobs) OC: …of that. [laughs] :54
“I’ve had some terrible jobs. I was a janitor for a while, and I mopped floors, vacuums all kinds of, picking up dog poop, taking out trash, just basically somebody’s beyatch [laughs], that was my job. I did that for two-and-a-half years before I signed a publishing deal. Before that, actually my very first job, I got fired from. It was some sort of candy/chocolate store. My mom dropped me off one time, and I went to work and I was like I think I can do this, and then two shifts later I just didn’t show up because I didn’t understand the concept of having to look at a schedule to see when you come in. I just didn’t show. I just thought they’d call me, ‘Hey, we need you to come in.’ I didn’t know. I was 15 years old, and never worked and that kind of stuff. I always cut grass when I was a kid and cleaned golf clubs – whatever I could do to make some money. But, yeah, I got fired from my first job. I’m pretty proud of that.” [laughs]
Clare Dunn (discovered music) OC: …that way. :40
“I did most of my music discovery as a young girl driving a tractor for most of the day – 10, 12 hours a day, you have nothing but the radio as your companion, basically, to keep you entertained. So, there was a local country radio station, and they, along with my parents’ love of music, I mean, that’s how I found Keith Urban and George Strait. My mom is a huge Waylon Jennings’ fan. And so music for me, I discovered it driving long hours on a tractor or hauling water to a cattle in a pickup by myself or through my parents’ love of music. And so, I was really fortunate that way.”
Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
“I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”
David Nail (Labor Day) OC: …Dilly Bar. :32
“The first job that I ever had was working at Dairy Queen. One of my very best friends in the world’s mother purchased a franchise, so it was kinda a cool place to work. You put me in an ice cream place, it’s a recipe for disaster. So, Kathy Jeffers, her mother tends to tell people it was a ‘mutual separation,’ but I can vividly remember her saying that they were going to lose money if they continued to let me work, because I was eating more food than I was selling. But, it was a great two days that I spent there, and I had many a Dilly Bar.”
Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
“Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”
Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27
“I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”
Eric Paslay (Labor Day) OC: …could print. :34
“My first official job was working at a screen printing place in Texas during the summer in a metal building that had no AC. We printed on fanny packs – really cool — and these other little bags. And it was eye doctors that, some company if you bought supplies through them, they’d put your logo on fanny packs for your customers to put in a drawer somewhere. Fanny packs are cool, if you like ‘em. You know, we’d like time ourselves to see how many fanny packs you could print.”
Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
“The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”
Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
“I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”
Lady A (Labor Day) OC: …I had a lot of crummy jobs. :31
CK “I used to…” HS: “… knock out asbestos walls.” CK: “I did that for a long time. But even before that, I used to do lawn care every summer. Oh, man, I do not miss that. Just glad those days are over. I get out here and play music for a living. It’s a lot more fun. But yeah, I used to do that, and I used to work as a bag boy at a golf course once. I did that for a couple of summers. I had a lot of crummy jobs.”
Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
“At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce. They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”
Sam Hunt has been enjoying his time out on Kenny Chesney’s Spread the Love Stadium Tour, and says the Tennessee native has lived up to his reputation as a great host.
Sam reveals Kenny is a gracious and generous headliner. ““He’s been awesome so far. He’s as advertised. Everybody, before getting into this, told me how great he was as a host on a tour like this, and he’s lived up to that reputation. He’s gone above and beyond for us and offered us the same opportunities that he has as the headliner, and that’s special,” says Sam. “I appreciate that from Kenny. He’s a class act.”
Sam, who is poised to enter the top of the country charts with his single “Make You Miss Me,” has only a couple of shows left with Kenny, but he’s ready to perform at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts August 26th and 27th.
Sam Hunt (Kenny Chesney) OC: …class act. :25
“He’s been awesome so far. He’s as advertised. Everybody, before getting into this, told me how great he was as a host on a tour like this, and he’s lived up to that reputation. He’s gone above and beyond for us and offered us the same opportunities that he has as the headliner, and that’s special. I’ve been fortunate enough to have that kind of treatment as I’ve come up over the past couple of years, and that’s just the way you’re supposed to do it. So, I appreciate that from Kenny. He’s a class act.”
Hey y’all! It’s Billy Currington, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.
This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, and I hope you have a Happy Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Darius Rucker, and I hope you have a have a happy work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey guys! It’s David Nail, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Eric Church, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Eric Paslay, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.
Hi everybody! This is Keith Urban, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.
Hey—what’s happening guys? This is Kip Moore, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.
Hi! We’re Little Big Town, hoping you have a work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.
Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey everybody! We are The Band Perry, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.
Easton Corbin says his latest single, “Are You With Me,” “captures that carefree, young spirit.” Check out the story behind the song below.