• HALLOWEEN LINERS 2022

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Trick or Treat)

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    “Trick or Treat, baby.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Halloween)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Catie Offerman (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody, this is Catie Offerman, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Halloween) 1

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    “Hey y’all, I’m Caylee Hammack, wishing all of y’all a Happy Halloween. Boo!”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Halloween) 2

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    “Hey y’all! I’m Caylee Hammack, wishing all you goblins and gremlins out there a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Halloween)

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    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Halloween)

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    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all! I’m Jon Langston. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Halloween)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Halloween)

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    “Hey Y’all, I’m Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Halloween)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Halloween.”

     

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Halloween)

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    “Hey everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you a very spooky, happy Halloween. Boo!”

     

    Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Kylie Morgan, wishing you a Happy Halloween. BOO!”

     

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Halloween)

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    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? I’m Luke Bryan, wishing you a very Happy Halloween. Boo!”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Halloween)

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    “Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody, I’m Parker McCollum. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Priscilla Block, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody, this is Reba McEntire. Happy Halloween. Ooooooh”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt. Happy Halloween!”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Travis Denning. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Tyler Hubbard (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Tyler Hubbard, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie Underwood, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Tyler Hubbard

    Carrie Underwood is taking fans behind-the-scenes of her upcoming DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR on NBC’s TODAY Show on Friday (October 14th).

    Brothers Osborne have teamed up with Fender Guitars for a video featuring a new line of guitars. The nearly 11-minute video has John and TJ Osborne chatting about all things vintage, driving around town, shooting some pool and take Fender’s new American Vintage II guitars for a spin on “Deadman’s Curve” and “Shoot Me Straight.”

     

    Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Jon Pardi have been announced as headliners for next year’s Country Thunder Arizona festival taking place April 13th – 16th, 2023. The four-day event in Florence, Arizona will also feature performances from Kip Moore, Parker McCollum and Ashley McBryde, among others.

     

     

    Tyler Hubbard posted a cute new video on socials revealing not one, not two, but three different versions of himself wearing his new merch that’s for sale on tour.

     

     

     

     

  • TYLER HUBBARD DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR “BABY GETS HER LOVIN’.”

    Tyler Hubbard released a new music video today for the song “Baby Gets Her Lovin’,” off his six-song project Dancin’ In The Country. The unofficial video for the song premiered exclusively on Facebook. The song, co-written by Hubbard, Jesse Frasure and Canaan Smith, and co-produced by Hubbard, Frasure and Jordan Schmidt, is a groovin’ love song that Hubbard describes as a “really fun song I can envision everyone line dancing to.”

     

     

    The concept for the “Baby Gets Her Lovin’” video was Hubbard’s idea – swaggering roller-skating meets honky-tonk. Hubbard grew up roller-skating every weekend at the Sparkles Family Fun Center in Lawrenceville, GA. Skating at the neighborhood rink was such a big part of his youth, that Hubbard kept his high school roller skates, and he is wearing them in the video. Shot in Nashville, the video features not only Hubbard’s band, but also a mix of local talent, line-dancers, choreographer Lauren Williamson (“Dancin’ In The Country” video) and several skaters from Atlanta. Hubbard cast some of the local skaters himself, when he met them during a practice skate to prepare for the video shoot. He had such a fun time shooting “Baby Gets Her Lovin’” that Hubbard asked several of the dancers and skaters to be in the already released “Everybody Needs A Bar” video that was shot later that day.

     

    “I wanted to shoot a video that was visually unique and different, and that really represented the feeling of the song, so we took it to the skating rink and mixed it up a bit,” says Hubbard. “There is a groove to the music where I could see people skating and line dancing and just really moving with fluidity to the song. We had a big party at the skating rink and had a great time shooting the video. It was special to me too, because I grew up going to the skating rink as a kid – I actually skated all the way through high school. So, it was nostalgic for me to go back to a skating rink, shoot a music video and bring back some of the elements of my childhood that I loved. It also gave me a chance to dust off my skates, which was something I hadn’t done in a while.”

    Tyler Hubbard’s first six-song project, Dancin’ In The Country debuted with over 10,000 SPS units (sales plus streaming) making it the second best-selling country EP debut of the year. Dancin’ In The Country also debuted at No.1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 6 on the Current Country Albums sales chart, and No. 107 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Billboard says of the debut collection, “The singer-songwriter has offered a promising collection of six tracks on Dancin’ In The Country, which make good use of his pliable voice and storytelling panache by supporting them with full-bodied production.” Hubbard’s first single as a solo artist, “5 Foot 9,” already has 159M LTD streams and currently sits at No. 4 at country radio. The song also quickly moved inside the Top 50 on the streaming chart in its first four weeks and currently sits at No. 6 on the Country Streaming Chart. Hubbard’s debut solo album will be released on January 27, 2023.

    Hubbard is currently on tour on Keith Urban’s “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR.” For information on where to get tickets go to www.tylerhubbardofficial.com.

  • TYLER HUBBARD DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR “INSIDE AND OUT.”

    Tyler Hubbard released a new music video today for the song “Inside And Out” off his six-song project Dancin’ In The Country. The song, co-written by Hubbard, Jordan Schmidt, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi, is about where true beauty lies.

    “This is one of my favorite songs, and I’m really excited for people to hear and see the message behind it through the video,” says Hubbard. “‘Inside And Out’ is also a family favorite, and my daughter calls it ‘her song,’ but the message is universal.  I want my wife, kids, and really anyone listening, to know that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty…and I want everyone to hear that message in this song. When I watch the video, I’m reminded of being a child and the innocence and the fun and the beauty of that stage of life.  I hope as adults, we can channel and remember the inner child that’s within all of us.”

     

    Set in a local park in Nashville, the video captures that essence and heart of being a child – while Tyler sings about self-worth, attaining confidence, and the importance of knowing that people are both beautiful on the inside and out.

    Tyler Hubbard’s first six-song project, Dancin’ In The Country, debuted with over 10,000 SPS units (sales plus streaming) making it the second best-selling country EP debut of the year. Dancin’ In The Country also debuted at No.1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 6 on the Current Country Albums sales chart, and No. 107 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Billboard says of the debut collection, “The singer-songwriter has offered a promising collection of six tracks on Dancin’ In The Country, which make good use of his pliable voice and storytelling panache by supporting them with full-bodied production.” Hubbard’s first single as a solo artist, “5 Foot 9,” already has 137M LTD streams and currently sits at No. 5 at country radio. The song also quickly moved inside the Top 50 on the streaming chart in its first four weeks and currently sits at No. 7 on the Country Streaming Chart. Hubbard’s debut solo album will be released on January 27, 2023.

    Hubbard is currently on tour on Keith Urban’s “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR.” For information on where to get tickets go to www.tylerhubbardofficial.com.

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Tyler Hubbard, Maddie & Tae

    Tyler Hubbard has released an unofficial video for his song, “Inside and Out.”

    Maddie & Tae will premiere a new video for “Watching Love Leave,” from their new Through The Madness Vol. 2 at Noon ET Friday (September 23rd) on YouTube and will go live right after to answer questions about their new EP.

     

     

  • TYLER HUBBARD DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR “EVERYBODY NEEDS A BAR.”

    Tyler Hubbard released a new music video today for the song “Everybody Needs A Bar,” off his six-song project Dancin’ In the Country. Earlier this week, Hubbard also began his first tour as a solo artist on Keith Urban’s “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR.”  Hubbard joined Urban in Mountainview, CA for his first show, and he gave the audience his classic high-energy, electric performance style, playing a set of his new music, which is definitely striking a chord with fans.  Hubbard will be in San Diego tonight and tomorrow he will perform at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

    “Everybody Needs a Bar,” co-written by Hubbard, Jordan Schmidt and Zachary Kale, offers up the idea that everyone needs a place where they can go to relax, meet friends, hear music or fall in love – a place that is welcoming no matter who you are.

    Filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, “Everybody Needs A Bar” features the house of a local art director, who in years past worked with Tyler on previous videos and wanted to help with this video. The homeowner built the bar himself, spending several days turning his garage into a bar.  “Everybody Needs A Bar” features actors and talent from the Nashville and Atlanta areas and many of them had actually been on set with Hubbard earlier in the day filming another video (“Baby Gets Her Lovin’,” out next month).  Hubbard had so much fun working with the group that he invited them all to stay for the next video shoot, which happened to be “Everybody Needs A Bar.”

    “Making the video for ‘Everybody Needs A Bar’ was an amazing experience,” says Hubbard.  “Everybody should have a place – their own version of a bar – to go where they feel a sense of welcoming and belonging.  I think we were able to create that vibe in this video.  And having all these actors with me for two videos made the process incredibly fun and I think in its own way told the story of the song.”

    Tyler Hubbard’s first six-song project, Dancin’ In The Country, debuted with over 10,000 SPS units (sales plus streaming) making it the second best-selling country EP debut of the year. Dancin’ In The Country also debuted at No.1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 6 on the Current Country Albums sales chart, and No. 107 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Billboard says of the debut collection, “The singer-songwriter has offered a promising collection of six tracks on Dancin’ In The Country, which make good use of his pliable voice and storytelling panache by supporting them with full-bodied production.” Hubbard’s first single as a solo artist, “5 Foot 9,” already has 117M total global streams and currently sits at No. 8 at country radio. Hubbard’s debut solo album will be released on January 27, 2023.

    For information on where to get tickets to Keith Urban’s “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR” go to www.tylerhubbardofficial.com.

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae, Tyler Hubbard

    Carrie Underwood returns to Sunday Night Football for the 10th time this weekend (September 11th) to perform “Waiting All Night For Sunday Night.” She performed the show open – featuring an updated rendition of the song – from The Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas (home to her ongoing residency, REFLECTION. For the first time, the show open will highlight the game-day energy around each SNF game with footage surrounding the host city, as well as including fans getting ready for the game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys in this Sunday’s matchup on NBC.

     

    Maddie & Tae are premiering the music video for their song, “Spring Cleaning,” on Friday (September 9th) at Noon CT. The song is from their upcoming EP Through The Madness Volume 2.

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    Tyler Hubbard premieres the video for his song, “Everybody Needs a Bar,” on Friday (September 9th). The song is from the collection of music, Dancin’ In The Country, which he recently released.

    Tyler is currently scaling the country charts with “5 Foot 9.”

     

  • TYLER HUBBARD PERFORMS SMASH HIT, “5 FOOT 9,” ON NBC’S TODAY SHOW.

    Tyler Hubbard talks about his new solo career, as well as how he is preparing to tour with Keith Urban this fall. He also performs his new single “5 Foot 9″ from his first solo project “Dancin’ In the Country” as part of the Citi Music Series.

    “Dancin’ In The Country” includes five new songs, as well as Tyler’s debut single “5 Foot 9.”  The special collection includes the new release the title track, which was co-written by Tyler, Keith Urban, Jon Nite, and Ross Copperman.  These songs, and many others, will also appear on Hubbard’s yet to be titled debut solo album, which drops January 27th, 2023.

    join Keith Urban and special guest Ingrid Andress on “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR.” The fall tour will run through November. For information on where to get tickets visit www.tylerhubbardofficial.com.

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  • TYLER HUBBARD CELEBRATES FIRST WEEK SUCCESS OF DEBUT SOLO PROJECT – DANCIN’ IN THE COUNTRY.

    EMI Records Nashville recording artist Tyler Hubbard’s first six-song project, Dancin’ In The Country debuts with over 10,000 SPS units (sales plus streaming) making it the second best-selling country EP debut of the year. Dancin’ in the Country also debuted at No.1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 6 on the Current Country Albums sales chart, and No. 107 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Hubbard’s first single as a solo artist, “5 Foot 9,” already has nearly 100M LTD streams and this week reached Top 10 at country radio.

    Hubbard will make his solo debut on NBC’s TODAY on August 30th, when he will perform his hit single “5 Foot 9” on television for the first time.  Hubbard’s debut solo album will be released on January 27th, 2023.

    Dancin’ In The Country includes five new songs, as well as Hubbard’s debut single “5 Foot 9.”  The special collection includes the new release “Dancin’ In The Country,” which was co-written by Hubbard, Keith Urban, Jon Nite, and Ross Copperman.  These songs, and many others, will also appear on Hubbard’s yet to be titled debut solo album, which drops January 27, 2023.

    What the press is saying about the Dancin’ In The Country project:

    Billboard.com: “The singer-songwriter has offered a promising collection of six tracks on “Dancin’ In The Country,” which make good use of his pliable voice and storytelling panache by supporting them with full-bodied production.”

    CMT.com: “Tyler Hubbard has blessed country music fans with the six-song collection “Dancin’ In The Country.””

    On Tuesday (August 30th) morning, Tyler is set to perform “5 Foot 9” with his first television performance as a solo artist on the TODAY Citi Music Series. Tune in to NBC at 9am ET.

    Bringing his trademark high-energy performance style, Hubbard will join Keith Urban and special guest Ingrid Andress on “THE SPEED OF NOW WORLD TOUR.” The fall tour will run through November. For information on where to get tickets visit www.tylerhubbardofficial.com.

    LISTEN TO DANCIN’ IN THE COUNTRY HERE

     

    Audio / Tyler Hubbard says he wanted to have some new music out before he hit the road with Keith Urban on The Speed Of Now World Tour beginning in September.

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    Tyler Hubbard (new music out) OC: …for sure. :20
    “To get some new music out before the tour was important to me, and so we just put out five new ones on the Dancin’ In The Country project, and these are all fun songs that’ll be really fun to play live and just needed to get out before the Keith tour, and then I’ll have the full album coming in January. It’s super, super exciting to get the whole project out, for sure.”

  • LABOR DAY 2022 AUDIO SOUNDBITES

    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 help the nation keep going.

    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 / 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 / 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 when 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 / 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 / GEORGE STRAIT’S CAREER HAS SPANNED DECADES AND 60 NO. 1 HITS, BUT HE CAN RECALL HEARING ONE OF HIS SONGS ON THE RADIO AND HOW COUNTRY RADIO HAS SUPPORTED HIM.

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    George Strait (first time on radio) OC: …records I’ve put out. :26
    “I took it to a radio station in San Antonio KKYX, and a guy named Jerry King put it on and played it while I ran out to the car to listen to it on the radio. So, it’s just been relationships like that through the years that I’ve had with different people. I don’t know, they’ve just supported me so much and have been very open to the records I’ve put out.”

     

    Audio / Jon Langston talks about his jobs prior to making a career in music.

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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 my 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 talks about one of his worst jobs.

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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 one of the worst jobs he had while working on doing music full-time.

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    Keith Urban (Labor Day-job) OC: …to sell things. 1:56
    “I’ve had a lot of crappy jobs. Wow! I don’t know about the worst job, oh, telemarketing. (laughs) I hated it! By all accounts, I was actually pretty good at it, and my boss was really upset that I wanted to quit, ‘cause he said you’d actually be pretty good at it, other than I was just too brutally honest. I was working for a company that at the time sold Franking Machines, which was a thing where – back then – you would put postal impressions on an envelope and send them out, instead of buying a whole stack of stamps. So, you had this thing called a Franking Machine and you’d pre-load it with a whole bunch of pre-paid for stamps. And you just put the envelope(s) in and (sound efx). So, if you’re putting out a whole bunch of mail from a business, it’s much better to get a Franking Machine, then have someone go to the post office all the time. I would have this whole long pitch about, ‘Hi, I’m Keith, blah, blah, blah, what volume of mail would you say you do every week?’ I was talking to this lady from a florist, and she was so sweet, and she goes, ‘Oh, I’d say I send out about three letters a week, love.’ And then I’m supposed to say, ‘Well, then you need a Franking Machine…’ (laughs) ‘cause it’s on the script, you know? I’m going, ‘I’m so sorry, you don’t need what we’re selling. I’m sorry to bother you.’ And she goes, ‘No, no, tell me about this. What are you selling?’ She was the perfect customer, and I went, ‘I promise you. You don’t need this thing. It costs a fortune. You don’t need it. You don’t need it.’ She goes, ‘No, but tell me about it.’ I said, ‘Honestly, I’m not even going to waste your time. You’re so lovely, but thank you so much. Have a great day,’ and I hung up. My boss was standing behind me (laughs), and he goes, ‘They all need Franking Machines. They all need…’ I was like, ‘She didn’t. I hate this job. I quit.’ And that was it. I wasn’t cut out to sell things.”

    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 / KYLIE MORGAN SAYS BEING ON THE ROAD PERFORMING FOR PEOPLE IS HER “HAPPY PLACE.”

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    Kylie Morgan (the road is her happy place) OC: …that’s me. :48
    “The road is truly my happy place. I love going to sleep and not knowing where I’m going to be the next day. I love hotel beds. I literally just eat and breathe the road. It is truly an adventure all the time, and I knew even when I was little that I had to do something where I traveled because I love the feeling of it. I love experiencing new things, and the fact that I truly feel like what I do is not a job. And the fact that I get to see the world, meet so many amazing people, have a one-on-one connection through my music, I never have to work a day in my life because I would do this for free. It is one of the most liberating feelings to finish a song and see someone turn to someone and go, ‘Omigod, that’s me.’”

    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 / RISCILLA BLOCK HAD A LOT OF SIDE JOBS WHEN SHE WAS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, INCLUDING CLEANING AIRBNBS.

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    Priscilla Block (Labor Day) OC: …didn’t care. :34
    “Cleaning Airbnbs, and that was really interesting ‘cause you’d find some crazy things in those Airbnbs. Those bachelorette parties, all I’m saying is I want to be invited next time. I was kind of sad that I had to be the house cleaner and I wasn’t at the bachelorette party. It was great! You’d go in and sometimes there’d be extra food, alcohol. When I walked in and I would see White Claws in the fridge, I’m, ‘Bingo, baby! Let’s go!’ I don’t know if I was supposed to be taking the alcohol, but I didn’t care.”

    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.”

    Audio / Tyler Hubbard learned his work ethic from working manual labor jobs when he was growing up, and it shows now in how hard he works at his music career.

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    Tyler Hubbard (Labor Day) OC: …where I’m at. :43
    “One of the worst jobs – I don’t know if it was the worst job, definitely the most physical, was probably pouring concrete. I did that for a year with a friend that had a concrete business, and we poured a lot of concrete that year, and I just remember really early mornings and really late nights. It was, if the sun was up, we were working, and that was pretty influential in creating the work ethic that I have. It was either that or my dad had a tree service that I grew up working with him doing that, as well, which was again, very manual labor, very long days and taught me a lot about working hard. And so, those were special times and as hard as it was, I’m thankful for those years. I love working hard, and I’m grateful for the struggle that got me where I’m at.”