• NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Carrie, Vince, Maddie & Tae, Luke, Jon, Billy, Gary, Eric, Brothers Osborne, Kylie

    Several artists have been added to this year’s CMT Artists of the Year show, including performances by Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood (live-streamed from her Cry Pretty Tour 360 show in Cleveland, Ohio), Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and more. Presenters include Vince Gill and Maddie & Tae. This year’s special celebrates the network’s five Artists of the Year – Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown – in addition to Reba McEntire (Artist of a Lifetime) and Ashley McBryde (Breakout Artist of the Year). The 90-minute show will air Wednesday (October 16th) at 8pm ET.

    Luke Bryan’s hit “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” was just certified double platinum by the R.I.A.A., while his “Someone Else Calling You Baby” was just declared platinum. Jon Pardi’s “Up All Night” and Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” were also certified platinum, while Gary Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” Eric Church’s “Some of It,” Luke’s “Drinkin’ Beer & Wasting Bullet” and Sam Hunt’s “Downtown’s Dead” were all certified gold.

    Jon Pardi will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (October 18th).

    Brothers Osborne will perform at the Troy Gentry Foundation’s C’Ya on the Flip Side II February 5th at the Grand Ole Opry House, along with Trace Adkins, Rhett Akins, Tracy Lawrence, Justin Moore, Mark Wills and Eddie Montgomery. The benefit will raise funds for the Foundation, the Opry Trust Fund, T.J. Martell Foundation, Make-A-Wish, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many others.

    New EMI Nashville Recording Artist Kylie Morgan is one of three recipients of the second annual CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship. Over the next year, the CMA will provide support, connections with top industry professionals, participation in CMA-related events and a stipend to assist with their developing careers. She is currently opening several shows for Kip Moore and released a song “Boys Girl” to all digital partners.

  • LUKE BRYAN CANCELS A STOP ON HIS FARM TOUR DUE TO WEATHER.

    Luke Bryan has had to cancel a show on his Farm Tour due to weather. Here’s his message to fans in Richland, Michigan.

     

    The hitmaker will reschedule the show in the coming days.

  • LUKE BRYAN IS READY TO KICK OFF THIS YEAR’S FARM TOUR.

    Luke Bryan kicks off his eleventh consecutive Farm Tour on Thursday (September 26th) at the Statz Brothers Farm in Marshall, Wisconsin. He’s taking along a few of his friends, including Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, the Peach Pickers and DJ Rock.

    More than 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. Luke will continue giving back to farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending local colleges or universities near the tour stops. To date, more than 60 scholarships have been granted.

    Bayer is proud to continue their #HeresToTheFarmer campaign. For every hashtag share, Bayer will donate a meal to a hungry American through Feeding America

    Over the past few years, close to 3 million meals have been donated and over $180,000 went to area food banks and local farmers in each of the tour cities. Visit Bayer.us/en/HeresToTheFarmer to learn more.

    “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2019”

    9/26      Marshall, WI                  Statz Bros. Farm

    9/27      Richland, MI                  Stafford Farms

    9/28      Pleasantville, OH           Miller Family Farms

    10/3      Louisburg, KS               MC Farms*

    10/4      Douglass, KS                Flying B Ranch*

    10/5      Norman, OK                 Adkins Farm*

    *The Peach Pickers do not appear

    Luke has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer Harvest Time VIP Experiences throughout the 2019 FARM TOUR. VIP Experiences include a ticket, VIP viewing area access, private restrooms, and merchandise gifts. To view the FARM TOUR VIP Experience details, please visit https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/luke-bryan-farm-tour.

    To listen to Luke’s Farm Tour playlist go http://strm.to/FarmTour2019

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about this year's Farm Tour and how much it's grown over the years.

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    Luke Bryan (Farm Tour 2019) OC: …through the years. 1:04
    “Well, yeah, I mean the Farm Tour has grown throughout the years, and the fact that we can set a stage up in a hayfield or some kind of field and people flock to it is what I envisioned when I created Farm Tour, and to obviously help some kids with scholarships and stuff like that. But the Farm Tour has grown every year, and it’s always something we look forward to. It’s really an exciting time to be able to just be out on a farm on a Fall night. Sometimes it’s cool and everybody’s got, it’s perfect jacket weather and everybody’s just enjoying music and having fun, and it’s happening in these little towns that have never gotten a show like this. So, it’s always fun knowing that I leave these little towns, and they can go, ‘Hey, we got to go party out in a field and hear a bunch of Nashville country music singers roll in,’ and give ‘em a great show. So many great memories through the years.”

  • LUKE BRYAN IS SET TO FLIP THE SWITCH WHEN THE OPRY GOES PINK.

    The Grand Ole Opry® and four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will join together in the fight against breast cancer  October 22nd with a two-show edition of Opry Goes Pink. Bryan, who is enjoying his second week at #1 with current single “Knockin’ Boots,” will flip the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night as the superstar takes the stage to perform an intimate and rare acoustic set on both shows that evening.

    “I wanted to make this Opry appearance something special,” shared Bryan about the acoustic performance. “Performing in the Opry circle is unlike any other stage in the world and I want it to be a unique memory for me and the fans.”

    Among others already announced as joining Bryan on the show will be Anita Cochran, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

    Beginning today, when fans order tickets, $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Susan G Komen® for the fight against breast cancer. 7 p.m. show tickets are on sale now, and 9:30 p.m. show tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at opry.com and at (800) SEE-OPRY.

    This year’s Opry Goes Pink is sponsored by JTV (Jewelry Television). “As the leading retailer of jewelry and gemstones in the U.S., JTV is proud to partner with the Grand Ole Opry, an iconic brand and what many would consider the crown jewel of country music,” said Tim Engle, Chief Strategy Officer, JTV.  “As our neighbor in the great state of Tennessee, JTV’s 1,500 employees are honored to support such a great cause, which impacts so many women.”

    About the Grand Ole Opry:

    The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December 11 plus season Wednesday and Thursday Opry Country Classics performances. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

    About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Central Tennessee

    Komen Central Tennessee is helping fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services and by collaborating with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care across 41-counties in Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. For more information, call 615-383-0017 or visit komencentraltennessee.org.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Brandon Lay, Luke Bryan

    Watch Little Big Town perform their brand new single, “Over Drinking,” on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday (September 12th).

    Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley are among the artists who will perform for a benefit to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on Monday (September 16th) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and LoCash will also perform.

    Kacey Musgraves is gracing the cover of the new issue of Marie Claire. The October issue is on newsstands now.

    It was recently announced Darius Rucker will be the celebrity advisor for the Battle Rounds for Blake Shelton on NBC’s The Voice. “’Bout time I get to advise my man Blake Shelton,” Darius tweeted. The new season of The Voice premieres September 23rd on NBC.

    Brandon Lay will open for Brantley Gilbert on his upcoming Fire’t Up Tour, kicking off January 23rd (2020) in London, Ontario. The 30-date trek will also feature performances by Chase Rise and Dylan Scott.

    Luke Bryan was among the superstars who gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday (September 10th) to remember the late Earl Thomas ConleyBlake Shelton, who organized the memorial and a huge fan of ETC, Jason Aldean, Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, Wade Hayes and John Anderson also performed.

  • LUKE BRYAN SCORES HIS 23RD NO. 1 SONG.

    Luke Bryan claims the #1 spot on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard Country Airplay charts this week with “Knockin’ Boots. The song, written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite, becomes the 23rd career #1 single for Luke.

    “Huge thank you to my fans, country radio and my team for this #1,” shared Luke. “I think this song is so fun and I have such a blast singing it!”

    This spring, Luke debuted “Knockin’ Boots” online for his fans first with an acoustic performance from his home, watch it HERE, and then premiered it for television audiences on the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th.

    Luke heads back out on the “Sunset Repeat Tour” this weekend before launching into his eleventh annual Farm Tour on September 26. Guests this year include Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, the Peach Pickers and DJ Rock.

    “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2019”

    9/26      Marshall, WI                  Statz Bros. Farm

    9/27      Richland, MI                  Stafford Farms

    9/28      Pleasantville, OH           Miller Family Farms

    10/3      Louisburg, KS               MC Farms*

    10/4      Douglass, KS                Flying B Ranch*

    10/5      Norman, OK                 Adkins Farm*

    *The Peach Pickers do not appear

     

    “Sunset Repeat Tour” 2019

    9/12/19   Bethel, NY               Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

    9/14/19   Cleveland, OH         Blossom Music Center

    10/11/19 Indianapolis, IN       Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *

    10/12/19 Raleigh, NC             Coastal Credit Union Music Park

    10/23/19 Fort Wayne, IN        Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

    10/25/19 Detroit, MI               Ford Field

    Special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Langston

    *Rescheduled from Aug. 18

  • LUKE BRYAN IS “KNOCKIN'” AT NO. 1.

    Luke Bryan‘s “Knockin’ Boots” climbs to the top of the country charts this week. The song, which was written by Gordie Sampson, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite, is not backing down any time soon, as it’s a fan favorite during the four-time Entertainer of the Year’s shows this summer.

    “I think one of the most things that I’m hearing is it’s very, very, very catchy. I think it’s just a fun, catchy song,” Luke told us recently. “I like to think of some songs as are you gonna want to be out on a boat dancing and having fun out on the lake. It’s one of those songs. You know, it’s a big ole fun uptempo, and every and then when I find the right kind of uptempo, certainly on the heels of a summer tour – the Sunset Repeat Tour – it’s gonna fun having it out there and watching the fans dancing in the aisles.” Find the audio of Luke talking about “Knockin’ Boots” here.

    Luke takes his Sunset Repeat Tour – featuring Cole Swindell and Jon Langston – to Bethel, New York on Thursday (September 12th), Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday (September 14th) and Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday (September 15th).

     

     

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  • LUKE BRYAN’S “CATCHY” TUNE HAS FANS DANCING IN THE AISLES.

    Luke Bryan is closing in on the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “Knockin’ Boots,” a fun, summertime song that seems to have fans dancing in the aisles at his concerts.

    “I think one of the most things that I’m hearing is it’s very, very, very catchy. I think it’s just a fun, catchy song,” says Luke. “I like to think of some songs as are you gonna want to be out on a boat dancing and having fun out on the lake. It’s one of those songs. You know, it’s a big ole fun uptempo, and every and then when I find the right kind of uptempo, certainly on the heels of a summer tour – the Sunset Repeat Tour – it’s gonna fun having it out there and watching the fans dancing in the aisles.”

    Luke takes his Sunset Repeat Tour – featuring Cole Swindell and Jon Langston – to Toronto on Thursday (September 5th).

    Audio / Luke Bryan says his summer smash, "Knockin' Boots," is a catchy song and fun to play on the road.

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    Luke Bryan (Knockin’ Boots uptempo) OC: …in the aisles. :30
    “I think one of the most things that I’m hearing is it’s very, very, very catchy. I think it’s just a fun, catchy song. I like to think of some songs as are you gonna want to be out on a boat dancing and having fun out on the lake. It’s one of those songs. You know, it’s a big ole fun uptempo, and every and then when I find the right kind of uptempo, certainly on the heels of a summer tour – the Sunset Repeat Tour – it’s gonna fun having it out there and watching the fans dancing in the aisles.”

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  • LABOR DAY 2019 AUDIO

    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 2nd, 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.

     

    Audio / Adam Hambrick talks about one of his summer jobs when he was growing up in Arkansas.

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    Adam Hambrick (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …that summer. :41
    “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bad job. I don’t think I had a bad job, ‘cause I actually enjoyed this job ‘cause I was actually sitting in the air conditioning all day over the summer in Arkansas. It was very monotonous, because I was spending every summer day repairing old fallen-apart medical charts in a heart clinic in Little Rock. I would take all these photos of all these records and re-sort them page-by-page and put ‘em back in the manila folder and re-alphabetize ‘em. But I did bring my computer and watch movies while I did it, so I drank a lot of soda and watched a lot of movies that summer.”

    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 / BRANDON LAY SAYS HE’S ALWAYS ENJOYED THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

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    Brandon Lay (Labor Day) OC: …a good one. :13
    “You know, I can’t complain too much about Labor Day, ‘cause usually doing landscaping and it had slowed down a little, but the water’s still warm enough to hit the river. I’ve gotten to spend some time out on the lake for Labor Day, so Labor Day’s a good one.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE JOBS SHE HAD GROWING UP AND HER BEST JOB -- PERFORMING FOR HER FANS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Labor Day) OC: …born to do. :59
    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad job. I’ve had hard jobs. I’ve had jobs that worked random hours. My first job was at a gas station, and that was a lot of fun actually. While I was working at the gas station, I took another job at a hotel down the street. There was nobody else working there. I had one day of training and then the next day I came in, and the lady that had worked there the longest and was training me just didn’t show. So, the second day at work I was now in charge ‘cause I was now the senior member that was working at the hotel. So, I feel like that one was really challenging to figure my way through it, but I did. My best job is definitely what I do now. I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack says her worst job truly smelled bad.

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    Caylee Hammack (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …worst job. (laughs) :38
    “My worst job was working in a nursery, actually. I love kids so I thought I’d be really good at it, but wen you’re the new person coming in, you have to change all the diapers first. So, I was changing 45 diapers a day and it got to the point where everything smelled like baby poop. It literally drove me crazy. I would walk my dog and I would have to go to pick up her poop, and it would smell like baby poop, and I just couldn’t handle it, honestly. The smell of poop warded me away. The children were lovely, but the smell of poop lingered, and I couldn’t handle that job. That was my worst job.” (laughs)

    Audio / CLARE DUNN GETS EMOTIONAL WHEN TALKING ABOUT DRIVING A SILAGE TRUCK IN TEXAS TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO MOVE TO TENNESSEE TO FOLLOW HER DREAM.

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    Clare Dunn (Labor Day) OC: …had to do. 1:05
    “I was coming for school. I remember I was two weeks late for school [at Belmont], because I had stayed in Texas longer to drive a silage truck for harvest. Harvest was still going on and I needed the money, so I stayed down there. I called all my professors. I explained what I was doing. I said, ‘I’m not going to be there for the first two weeks.’ They all were very, I told them why, and they were all very accepting of that. So, I got home. I was worn out from driving this truck in Texas, and I remember getting home in like the morning or the night before and I left the next day. I literally just chucked as much stuff in a U-haul as I could, and my family was helping me get it all ready while I was on the truck. I remember, everybody cried. I’m probably gonna cry just talking about it, because it was so many unknowns, and I just drove myself out to Tennessee. It was very emotional for me, obviously, just seeing that Tennessee state line sign and being scared to death, but knowing that’s what I had to do.”

    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 / Jon Langston talks about working

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    Jon Langston (Labor Day) OC: …is the bomb. :45
    “The worst job – it wasn’t bad – I could just say growing up and stuff and in high school, I was working for my dad. It was a great job, working at the shop. One day I got tired of working for my dad. I thought it’d be smart to go work for somebody else and so I went to work at Chik-fil-a for a family friend, and I’m just not made for cooking chicken. But, I told my dad, ‘Hey, can I come back to work?’ (laughs) So, yeah, I mean, Chik-fil-a a great place to work if you’re into that kind of thing, but not me. But Chik-fil-a is m favorite fast food restaurant of all time. I mean, I will go to war for Chik-fil-a. I eat there probably three or four times a week. Chik-fil-a is the bomb.”

    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 / 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 / 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 / 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…”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING HAS NEVER HAD ANOTHER JOB OTHER THAN PLAYING MUSIC.

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    Travis Denning (Labor Day) OC: …right for it. :13
    “I’ve always played music. I mean, my first gig was when I was 16-years-old. That was what I did. And as soon as I found out I could make money doing it, I thought I’d much rather make money doing this than anything else, so I went right for it.”

  • LUKE BRYAN CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS 2009 BREAKTHOUGH ALBUM DOIN’ MY THING WITH FIRST-EVER VINYL RELEASE ON OCTOBER 4th.

    Since achieving stardom with his sophomore album Doin’ My Thing, Luke Bryan has maintained his stature as country music’s most beloved artist. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Doin’ My Thing, Bryan’s acclaimed album will receive its vinyl debut on October 4th via Capitol Nashville/UMe as an expanded deluxe edition featuring 13 tracks, including two rare bonus songs, “Y’all Can Have This Town” and “Favorite Flowers,” previously only available on the iTunes exclusive version of the album. The LP will be released on standard black vinyl as well as limited edition translucent clear vinyl, available exclusively at via Luke Bryan and UMG Nashville’s web stores. The deluxe edition of Doin’ My Thing will also be released digitally on October 4th.

    “I think Doin’ My Thing was such a very important album for me, my sophomore album. I learned so much, certainly after I’ll Stay Me, but now that I get to hear it on vinyl, I can go back and really remember the work that you put in,” says Luke. “It was such a tough time in my career. I mean, I’m trying to prove myself day in and day out from doing live shows to recording the best music that I can, and this album really speaks volumes of where I was at this time in my career. There are album cuts on this album that fans still request and want me to play in my live shows. I think ‘Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets’ was such a big song for me to go do live. The fans loved it, and Doin’ My Thing was, it was just where I was at in my life, and I’m just so glad I had some big hits on it to keep my career going onward and upward.”

    Preorder Doin’ My Thing now: https://UMe.lnk.to/DoinMyThing

    Upon release, Doin’ My Thing went Platinum and peaked at #2 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart and #6 on the Billboard Top 200. The album produced a trio of #1 hit singles: “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” All three hits were co-written by Bryan and are a part of his 22 #1 song career tally, twelve of which he co-wrote. Doin’ My Thing also features Bryan’s distinctive cover version of the OneRepublic hit “Apologize.”

    In the decade since Bryan released Doin’ My Thing, he has twice been named a twotime Academy of Country Music and a twotime Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a celebrity judge on ABC’s American Idol, a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. Bryan has more certified digital singles than any other country artist, with 46 million tracks and 12 million albums with four Billion music streams. In May 2019, Bryan kicked off the first weekend of his “Sunset Repeat Tour,” with 50,000 fans followed by a soldout show in Boston’s Gillette Stadium, bringing his career headline stadium concert total to 35. Last summer, Bryan opened Nashville’s only six-floor entertainment facility in the heart of Music City, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK. The name was inspired by Bryan’s childhood home near Route 32 Bridge in Lee County, Georgia

     

    Doin’ My Thing Track List

    Side A:

    1. Rain Is A Good Thing
    2. Doin’ My Thing
    3. Do I
    4. What Country Is
    5. Someone Else Calling You Baby
    6. Welcome To The Farm
    7. Apologize

    Side B:

    1. Every Time I See You
    2. Chuggin’ Along
    3. I Did It Again
    4. Drinkin’ Beer And Wastin’ Bullets
    5. Ya’ll Can Have This Town (Bonus Track)
    6. Favorite Flowers (Bonus Track)

     

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about how his album, Doin' My Thing, changed his trajectory.

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    Luke Bryan (Doin’ My Thing on vinyl) OC: …and upward. 1:03
    “I think Doin’ My Thing was such a very important album for me, my sophomore album. I learned so much, certainly after I’ll Stay Me, but now that I get to hear it on vinyl, I can go back and really remember the work that you put in. It was such a tough time in my career. I mean, I’m trying to prove myself day in and day out from doing live shows to recording the best music that I can, and this album really speaks volumes of where I was at this time in my career. There are album cuts on this album that fans still request and want me to play in my live shows. I think ‘Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets’ was such a big song for me to go do live. The fans loved it, and Doin’ My Thing was, it was just where I was at in my life, and I’m just so glad I had some big hits on it to keep my career going onward and upward.”

    Video / Rain is a Good Thing Official Music Video

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