• KIP MOORE EARNS FOURTH NO. 1 SINGLE AS ‘MORE GIRLS LIKE YOU’ TOPS THE COUNTRY CHART.

    Kip Moore has hit the top of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase country chart with his smash hit, “More Girls Like You.” The song, which he co-wrote with Steven Olsen, Josh Miller and David Garcia, is from his new album, Slowheart, which was released last month and also features “Plead the Fifth,” “Blonde,” “Bittersweet Company” and “The Bull,” among others.

     

    “I wanna always make records that depict where I’m at at that particular place in my life. This is where I’m at in my life now where, I’m still a wildcard. I’m still aloof and I’m still like, might be a little ways away from that, but as I’ve traveled and I’ve been around and seen so many different walks of life and so many cultures, and it’s this constant thing,” says Kip. “I’ve watched dads being enamored of their daughters and I look forward to that now. I’m a lot more open to that now. So, that’s what the song is finding that person that you find so amazing that you hope they turn out like that amazing person does. It’s just a song that I, as I was writing it down, you know ‘I’ve been living like a wild old mustang/out in Montana fields.’ It’s like that’s just 100 percent to a T, that was the first line I said, where it was like we’re all on board; we know where it’s going, and the reason why I connect to it is I feel it 100 percent.”

    Kip just launched his Plead the Fifth Tour, which is set to stop in Pittsburgh (October 26th), Grand Rapids (October 27th) and Cincinnati (October 28th).

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about his single, “More Girls Like You.”

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    Kip Moore (More Girls Like You) OC: …100 percent :53
    “I wanna always make records that depict where I’m at at that particular place in my life. This is where I’m at in my life now where, I’m still a wildcard. I’m still aloof and I’m still like, might be a little ways away from that, but as I’ve traveled and I’ve been around and seen so many different walks of life and so many cultures, and it’s this constant thing. I’ve watched dads being enamored of their daughters and I look forward to that now. I’m a lot more open to that now. So, that’s what the song is finding that person that you find so amazing that you hope they turn out like that amazing person does. It’s just a song that I, as I was writing it down, you know ‘I’ve been living like a wild old mustang/out in Montana fields.’ It’s like that’s just 100 percent to a T, that was the first line I said, where it was like we’re all on board; we know where it’s going, and the reason why I connect to it is I feel it 100 percent.”

  • KIP MOORE WRAPS SOLD-OUT UK TOUR.

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    Kip Moore is continuing to build a fervent following across the pond, returning this past week for a headlining sold-out stint kicking off in Birmingham, UK on 10/2, also stopping in Manchester, UK (10/3), Glasgow, UK (10/4) and London, UK (10/6). Playing to capacity crowds each night, Moore treated audiences to songs from his “strongest, most artistic album” (Forbes), the recently released and critically acclaimed SLOWHEART, as CMT declares “it’s the way he expresses what’s on his mind that draws sold-out audiences around the world.”
    The triumphant run culminated in a special show on Friday night (10/6) as part of Country Music Week in London, UK at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with Entertainment Focus noting the “rapturous reception from the audience…Throughout the set Kip mixed in songs from all three of his albums, with highlights including a raucous rendition of ‘Beer Money’, the high energy of ‘The Bull’, and the sing-along ‘Heart’s Desire’ and the rocky ‘Bittersweet Company.’” Moore, who first made an impression overseas at Europe’s Country To Country Festival in 2015, will return to the festival in 2018 for the annual festival taking place March 9-11 in London, UK, Glasgow, UK, and Dublin, I.E.
    Moore has hit his stride with SLOWHEART, and his current Top 5 single “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified Double-PLATINUM by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Moore, who has trail-blazed his own path with his reputation-making live show recently announced his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR kicking off on 10/19. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit kipmoore.net.
  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Jon, LBT, Eric, Kacey, Kip

    Keith Urban will be honored with BMI’s (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Champion Award during the 65th Annual BMI Country Awards November 7th in Nashville. Keith is being honored by the performing rights organization for his assistance in helping the next generation of songwriters and musicians, as well as furthering music education.

    Jon Pardi, who’s headlining his own Lucky Tonight Tour, has already planned dates for next year by heading out on Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour beginning January 18th in Greenville, South Carolina.

    Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” has caught the ear and the voice of Harry Styles, who recorded the song for the UK version of Spotify Singles. He later performed the tune during his show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

    Eric Church is set to perform at the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association’s 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony February 24th. Maren Morris, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram, Joe Ely, Lori McKenna and Hayes Carll will also perform in honor of this year’s inductees – Buddy Holly, Liz Rose, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Mickey Newberry.

    Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Kip Moore are among the performers announced for next year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival. Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Emmylou Harris, Margo Price, Midland, Lukas Nelson, Ashley McBryde, Lindsay Ell and Jillian Jacqueline will also perform during the three-day festival running March 9th – 11th in London.

  • KIP MOORE’S ROAD TO SLOWHEART IS DOCUMENTED IN PHOTOS.

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    Kip Moore documented his journey to his new album, Slowheart, with music, experiences, a documentary and photos, including those you see on the album.

    It wasn’t his idea to have cameras follow him 24/7, but he soon realized what a special journey he was on and embraced the idea. The video and photos of Kip’s experiences over the last year were the brainchild of his buddy and filmmaker PJ Brown, who also captured Kip in moments and memories, which ended up on the cover of his new album.

    “It’s not me in a room doing a photo shoot for a record. These are actual moments that were taking place that he was able to capture,” says Kip. “So, yeah, they all mean something different to me. You’re gonna see a lot of the pictures. We’re gonna have a whole photo album that’ll be for sale on the [website]. It shows, it’s captured so many moments, a lot of them they haven’t seen. So, I can remember even taking the album cover – you know that’s the best ice-cold coke in Costa Rica at that place, so I was kind of sitting back. I was just hanging out. I didn’t have any plans that day. It was just kinda letting the day come, and PJ was able to capture me in a pretty natural element.”

    Kip is making his way into the Top 5 on the country charts with his latest song, “More Girls Like You.”

    Audio / Kip Moore says the documentation of his experiences over the last year also made the cover of his new album, Slowheart.

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    Kip Moore (album cover photos actual memories) OC: …natural element. :41
    “Actual memories. It’s not me in a room doing a photo shoot for a record. These are actual moments that were taking place that he was able to capture. So, yeah, they all mean something different to me. You’re gonna see a lot of the pictures. We’re gonna have a whole photo album that’ll be for sale on the [website]. It shows, it’s captured so many moments, a lot of them they haven’t seen. So, I can remember even taking the album cover – you know that’s the best ice-cold coke in Costa Rica at that place, so I was kind of sitting back. I was just hanging out. I didn’t have any plans that day. It was just kinda letting the day come, and PJ was able to capture me in a pretty natural element.”

  • GEORGE STRAIT, CHRIS STAPLETON, DARIUS RUCKER, LUKE BRYAN AND KIP MOORE JOIN TOGETHER TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF.

    Tuesday Night’s Hand in Hand telethon for Hurricane Relief was a star-studded affair with broadcasts from four cities, including San Antonio, New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. The hour-long special was closed out with a performance by Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait, along with Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett, Miranda Lambert and Robert Earl Keen. Strait went on to perform with appearances by his special guests for an additional two hours after the live telecast ended.

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform onstage during George Strait's Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    SAN ANTONIO, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform onstage during George Strait’s Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, George Strait performs onstage during George Strait's Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert; Strait and special guests Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform in concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    SAN ANTONIO, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, George Strait performs onstage during George Strait’s Hand in Hand Texas benefit concert; Strait and special guests Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen perform in concert at the Majestic Theatre on September 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

    George Strait also revealed they’re selling a special T-shirt with proceeds going to help Hurricane victims. He’s working with the Rebuild Texas Fund, created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, to rebuild Texas after Hurricane Harvey. All donations will be matched by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation up to $10 million.

     

    Additional performers at the Grand Ole Opry House included Darius Rucker with Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley and CeCe Winans, as well as Blake Shelton with Usher.

     

    Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Kip Moore and other country stars showed their support by answering phones and taking donations (Luke and Dierks were in Nashville, along with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Angie Harmon, Nashville Predators PK Subban, while Kip was in the Big Apple, answering phones near the likes of Julia Roberts, George Clooney and many others.

     

    Luke appeared with Amy Grant to ask folks to donate whatever they could. “In too many places for too many people, it’s going to take years for the effects of these storms to pass. So, let’s help these folks,” he said.

     

    At the end of the telecast, more than $14 million had been raised in the course of the one-hour show.

     

  • KIP MOORE ‘SLOWHEART’ ALBUM AUDIO TOOLKIT.

    Locate the Kip Moore Slowheart Album Audio Toolkit here.

  • KIP MOORE’S ‘SLOWHEART’ IS AVAILABLE NOW!

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    Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore‘s highly-anticipated and already-revered third studio album SLOWHEART is available everywhere today (9/8.) Kicking off release week, Moore will head to New York on 9/11 to perform his current Top 10 single “More Girls Like You” live on national TV on TODAY at 9am EST on NBC. While in the city, Moore will also perform and chat about the new release for an AOL Build Series livestream on 9/12 at 5.30pm EST; watch here. In the build up to the release, Moore has also teased fans offering advance listens to the album via NPR’s First Listen as well as live sessions with Billboard and Paste & Daytrotter Music.

    Moore’s most unflinching, distinct testimony yet, with co-producer, songwriter and instrumental credits thoughout the LP, critics have been quick to praise the release of SLOWHEART.

    “The record, which, as a whole, takes as many cues from rock as it does country, with soulful detours (“Blonde”), melodic anthems (“Bittersweet Company”), and radio-ready sing-alongs (lead single “More Girls Like You”) peppered throughout. Produced primarily by Moore himself, SLOWHEART is his most complete, cohesive declaration of his artistic sensibilities yet.” – American Songwriter 

    “Kip Moore has been up all night, he’s been a wild one, but in 2017, he’s a slowheart. The titles of his albums have always been at least somewhat indicative of where he’s at in his life, and his third LP, SLOWHEART, shines a light on his more sensitive side” – Billboard

    “A thoroughly vital, 13-song collection…It’s not that Moore avoids contemporary country conventions. He enlivens them by injecting self-awareness or playing up the tensions between country and rock’s various masculine ideals.” – NPR

    “As much influenced by a longtime love of Southern rock as traditional country music, SLOWHEART is the sound of an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders.” – Noisey

    “Between the rough edges of Americana, rock and the evocative storytelling of country, produced to let every guitar lick ring true and every edge and wail of Moore’s voice reverberate raw but strong” – Rolling Stone

    “Moore blends the passion and connection for which he’s known with a new self-awareness that will speak to both commercial and underground audiences.” – USA Today

    Moore has hit his stride with SLOWHEART, and his current Top 10 single “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified Double-PLATINUM by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.”

    Kip is set to launch his Plead the Fifth Tour October 19th in Bowling Green, Ohio with opening acts Jordan Davis and Drake White, as well as headlining dates in U.K this fall. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit kipmoore.net.

    Audio / Kip Moore says that making Slowheart was a more peaceful experience for him.

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    Kip Moore (At Peace Making Album) OC: . . . a little different. :41
    “It was simply a more peace making this record because I finally learned through the ups and downs of Wild Ones that I had a fan base that was true, they were truly fans and I felt they were latching on to the honesty, so I felt more open about showing whatever vulnerabilities I had, whatever directions I wanted to go. I could take them on whatever journey I wanted, and as long as I felt I stayed true to myself, I had a sense of peace that they were gonna come along for the ride. So, I felt like that shined through in the project, and I felt like I was a little more at peace making this project so the melodies came out a little different.”

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about producing the majority of Slowheart by himself.

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    Kip Moore (Co-producing) OC: …in my head. :53
    “I co-produced Up All Night and Wild Ones, and I co-produced three or four of them on this record with David Garcia but I produced the rest by myself. The reason I wanted to do this record just by myself producing for the most part is I live with these songs for months and months and months, and the way I write, too, is I hear the entire musical layout in my head. What I do is I sing all the guitar parts in a voice recorder and then I’ll sing the bass line and then I’ll sing the drum grooves and then I’ll sing the backgrounds, and I’ll stack all this stuff, and then I go in and I learn those parts, so there’s an entire blueprint of the whole song. There’s no butting heads with anybody about . . . No, this is the way that I’ve got it in my head. I just felt like on this particular record, this was such a personal record for me, I wanted it to come out like I had it in my head and it’s come out just like I had it in my head.”

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about naming his new album Slowheart.

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    Kip Moore (Naming Album Slowheart) OC: … said, ‘It’s Slowheart.’ :27
    “It felt that now was the right time. This record took a year and a half to make, so it was a slow process, and also the visual aspect of the record – everything matched cohesively. Even the album cover is the laid back feel of ‘I’m observing something before I make my move on something,’ so it was all that that kind of fit to where I knew that it was . . . I woke up one morning and said, ‘It’s Slowheart.’”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (SH available now)

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  • KIP MOORE AND TONY HAWK’S MUSIC CITY SKATE JAM WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF.

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    Kip Moore and international skateboarding champion Tony Hawk have announced today that their upcoming “MUSIC CITY SKATE JAM PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON,” will also help hurricane-affected communities, in light of recent events. Set to take place at Music City Walk Of Fame Park in Nashville, TN on September 10th, entry to the event will now be free with the aim to encourage attendees to donate. Through Moore’s “Kip’s Kids Fund” and Hawk’s “Tony Hawk Foundation,” fans can help support skatepark communities and those affected by the recent disasters. The event will offer a skate demo by Hawk as well as performances by Jordan Davis, Dee Jay Silver and will close out with a set by Moore. For more information and to donate visit here.

     

    About Kip Moore And “Kip’s Kids Fund:”

    Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore is gearing up for the release of his “thoroughly vital” (NPR) third studio album on MCA Nashville, SLOWHEART, available this Friday 9/8. Co-written by Moore, his current Top 10 single and the lead track “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career so far and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” The release of “More Girls Like You” follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was certified GOLD by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” Moore’s “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” raising funds for “Kip’s Kids Fund” was born as a passion project, with the goal of finding an outlet to showcase Moore’s love for the alternative sports lifestyle, and his desire to help inner city children. Phase one cities of the project included building and developing skateparks in Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Marcos, TX; Cincinnati, OH and Annapolis, MD. The “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” is the first initiative of “Kip’s Kids Fund,” a donor-advised fund through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) focused on youth and teens. As a result, the “Kip’s Kid Fund” provides alternative outlets for youth to engage in healthy habits and physical activities like skateboarding, in addition to the traditional sports offerings where they live. For more information visit: kipmoore.net.

     

    About Tony Hawk Foundation:

    A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.7 million to 588 communities in all 50 states. The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks. The foundation’s International Program has provided financial and technical support to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org). The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the foundation’s website at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

  • KIP MOORE DOESN’T SHOW HIS CARDS TOO SOON, MAKING HIM A SLOWHEART.

    Kip Moore is ready to release his new album, Slowheart, on Friday (September 8th). You may wonder why he is a Slowheart, however his diehard fans already know since that’s also the official fan club name.

    “It’s slowly coming into who I am still as a man. It’s slowly coming around on certain ideals I’ve had of who I am, where I want to go, who I want to be, slowly coming around on the idea of even love and what that means and the vulnerability that exposes and what I hope to be in that aspect, what I hope to be to somebody one day, where I’ve fallen short on that, where I can face that one day cause I know I’ve felt it but I’ve yet to really grasp it and grab a hold of it,” says Kip. “Slowheart is who I [am]. That’s why I got that nickname was somebody said I don’t show my cards and it takes me a while to come around, so I named the band that, the Slowhearts and then the fans the Slowhearts.”

    Slowheart features Kip’s latest Top 10 single, “More Girls Like You.”

    Kip will launch his Plead the Fifth Tour, featuring Jordan Davis and Drake White in Bowling Green, Ohio October 19th.

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about what it means to be a “Slowheart.”

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    Kip Moore (Being A Slowheart) OC: …fans the Slowhearts. :48
    “It’s slowly coming into who I am still as a man. It’s slowly coming around on certain ideals I’ve had of who I am, where I want to go, who I want to be, slowly coming around on the idea of even love and what that means and the vulnerability that exposes and what I hope to be in that aspect, what I hope to be to somebody one day, where I’ve fallen short on that, where I can face that one day cause I know I’ve felt it but I’ve yet to really grasp it and grab a hold of it. Slowheart is who I . . . That’s why I got that nickname was somebody said I don’t show my cards and it takes me a while to come around, so I named the band that, the Slowhearts and then the fans the Slowhearts.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Slowheart available September 8th)

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    Video / Kip Moore More Girls Like You

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  • LABOR DAY 2017: AJ, Billy, Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Keith, Kip, Lady A, Luke and many more

    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 4th, 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 talking about their dream job now.

    Audio / Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.

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    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.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.

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    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.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith talks about the bad jobs he had before signing a publishing deal and later a record deal.

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    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]

    Audio / Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.

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    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.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.

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    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.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about one of his worst job.

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    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.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his first job…printing logos on fanny packs.

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    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.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.

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    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!”

    Audio / Jordan Davis, whose debut single is making its way up the country charts, talks about his worst job.

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    Jordan Davis (Labor Day) OC: …worst job. :41
    “[My] worst job was probably whenever I got out of school I started working for an environmental group in Baton Rouge, and I was doing actual environmental work at first. I went to my boss probably about four months in and told him that I was going to move to Nashville and write songs. Luckily enough, he let me stay on, but I became the weedeater guy for the landscaping side of the business. I seriously weedeated eight hours a day. The only break I would get would be in-between yard to yard. So, like we would be in the car and I would try to doze off for like 10 minutes. I was covered in grass in the middle of the summer in Baton Rouge. It was awful. That was definitely the worst job.”

    Audio / Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.

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    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.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about performing for fans.

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    Keith Urban (Labor Day) OC: …amazing. :22
    “Seeing people connect to the music is absolutely, hands-down the biggest reward for me, especially when you go to a place you’ve never been to before and it’s all these people, I mean lots of people out there. You’ve never met a single one of ‘em and they’re singing every word, and you realize that it’s not just a pretty melody and everything, but they get the songs. It’s amazing.”

    Audio / Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum tells us what he used to do to make a buck before finding success as a musician.

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    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.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

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    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…”