Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will join CMA Award winner Darius Rucker WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd in New York City for the announcement of the final nominees for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards."
"We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," exclaimed Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. "The CMA and 'GMA' have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking forward to unveiling all of the nominees with our buddy Darius."
"The combination of Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announcing the final nominees for the 2014 CMA Awards is something you don't want to miss," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. "I can't imagine a better reason to set your alarm on Sept. 3!"
Country Music will take over New York City on Wednesday, September 3. The day begins with Rucker performing "Homegrown Honey," the debut single from his upcoming new album to be released in early 2015. Following his performance, he will be joined by Little Big Town for the announcement the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the "Good Morning America" studios in the heart of Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcement will air in the 8:30 a.m., ET half-hour segment of the top-rated, morning news program.
Following "Good Morning America," Little Big Town and Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station of the Year. There will be an additional presentation by the CMA Foundation's Keep the Music Playing music education campaign. This event will be streamed live via CMAawards.com beginning at 10:00 a.m., ET.
Nightfall brings the 10th anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater with Rucker and hit tunesmiths Rivers Rutherford and series host Bob DiPiero for an in-the-round presentation of the songs that have touched the lives of millions of music fans. Luke Laird, who received three CMA Awards nominations in 2013, including Song of the Year for "Pontoon," has been added to the show, which will be streamed live via CMASongwritersSeries.com.
Tickets for the Sept. 3 (8:00 PM/ET) CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater are $55 plus tax and applicable fees. Tickets are General Admission. Attendees must be 21 and over unless accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale now at the Best Buy Box Office, AXS.com, or by calling (888) 9-AXS-TIX or (888) 929-7849, for more information please visit CMASongwritersSeries.com.
Collectively, Little Big Town has earned more than 25 award nominations, including 15 CMA Awards nods and they have taken home trophies for CMA Single of the Year (2012, "Pontoon") and CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2012, 2013).
Critically-acclaimed, the group consists of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook. They first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago with hits such as "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," "Good As Gone," and the Grammy-nominated single "Little White Church." The quartet's fifth studio album, Tornado, was released in September 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed in the No. 1 position for five consecutive weeks. The album has been certified Platinum with sales of more than 1 million copies and features the No. 1 hits "Pontoon" and "Tornado."
Little Big Town recently completed their sixth studio album working again with producer Jay Joyce. The first single off of the new album entitled "Day Drinking" is quickly climbing the Country radio charts. The album, entitled Pain Killer, is set for release on Oct. 21. For more information on Little Big Town please visit www.littlebigtown.com.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Tickets for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 6 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). CMA Awards information is available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.
Hosted for the Seventh Time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" Airs Live Wednesday, November 5 on the ABC Television Network.
"The 48th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
About "Good Morning America": Emmy-award winning "Good Morning America" is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer. Amy Robach is the news anchor and Ginger Zee is the weather anchor. The morning news program airs Monday-Friday (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
About the CMA Awards: The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time -making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA's other two television properties, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" and "CMA Country Christmas," through 2021.
Nashville - (August 25, 2014) – Superstar Luke Bryan played back to back shows on his “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” in Cleveland, Ohio at the Blossom Music Center and in Cincinnati, Ohio at Riverbend Music Center, on August 21st & 22nd and August 23rd & 24th respectively, selling out all four nights.
Luke became the first country act to sell-out two nights at the Blossom Music Center in the venue’s 45-year history. He was also the first act of any genre to sell-out two nights there since New Kids On The Block performed in 1993.
In Cincinnati, Luke was the first country act to ever play two nights since the venue opened in 1984. He also sold-out both shows within 20 minutes.
Luke’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” will continue this weekend with another set of back-to-back plays in Indianapolis and the final stadium show of the summer set for this Sunday, August 31 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
In addition, the tour will stop in New York City for its second sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on September 12 and he’ll be the first country concert to play Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center on September 14.
Also recently announced is Luke’s Crash My Playa musical destination concert event happening in Riviera Maya, Mexico January 23-27, 2015. Packages are on sale now at www.crashmyplaya.com.
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has sold nearly 6.2 million albums, 23.1 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and placed 10 singles at No. 1. Luke made recent Billboard chart history when he reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Play It Again” and “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line claiming the No. 2 spot. Luke becomes the first artist to ever hold the two top positions since the chart began in 1990.
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.” Miller Lite, Texaco and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, are sponsors of the tour.
Citi is the official credit card of the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and the Crash My Playa destination concert event with Citi cardmembers having access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program.
2014 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and “Farm Tour”
8-29 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
8-30 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
8-31 Chicago, IL Soldier Field (Dierks Bentley special guest)
9-11 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
9-12 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
9-13 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theater
9-14 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center
9-18 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
9-19 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9-20 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9-25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9-26 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9-27 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
10-1 Knoxville, TN Maple Lane Farms FARM TOUR
10-2 Auburn AL Ingram Farms FARM TOUR
10-3 Tallahassee, FL Cross Creek Place FARM TOUR
10-4 Gainesville, FL Whitehurst Cattle Farm FARM TOUR
10-8 Statesboro, GA Perry Field FARM TOUR
10-9 Athens, GA Meldon Farm FARM TOUR
10-10 Columbia, SC Culler Farms FARM TOUR
10-11 Macon, GA Midway at Central City Park FARM TOUR
10-16 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre
10-17 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
10-18 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
10-23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
10-25 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
1-23/27 Riviera Maya, Mexico Crash My Playa Destination Concert Event
For up to date information on Luke, the tour and tickets go to www.lukebryan.com or www.livenation.com.
Jennifer Nettles is the guest editor of the August issue of Momtastic, and as part of her duties, she reveals her list of mom-essentials for babies. The singer’s and husband Justin Miller’s son Magnus Hamilton Miller turns 2 in December.
Some of her necessities include zip up onesies and sleepers ("The zipper makes it very easy for quick diaper changes. Especially for those in the middle of the night."), a Boppy pillow ("great for breastfeeding support and also good for laying baby on and around as he/she develops into sitting up."), Fisher Price swing ("Magnus loved this thing! Consequently, so did we!") and a Bumboo Floor Seat ("Magnus loved being able to feel independent and 'sit up' before he could do it on his own.").
Check it out here.
Dierks Bentley spends a second week at the top of both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts this week with his smash hit, “Drunk on a Plane.” Dierks wrote the song with Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear, and he says his band and crew have lived that song…in a way.
“My biggest honor and one of the things I’m most proud of is being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, but I’m pretty proud of the fact that my band has, just my band alone, and the crew had some help too, we had drunk a Southwest airplane completely dry of alcohol,” says a beaming Dierks. “Like halfway through the flight, it was like, ‘we have no more booze, thanks to you guys. Your band has completely decimated our supply.’ So, I’m pretty proud of the fact that the guys can do that.”
Dierks is currently headlining his own Riser Tour, and he’ll be in Panama City Beach, Florida on Saturday (August 30th), and then he’ll join his buddy, Luke Bryan, at Soldier Field in Chicago, on Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour, on Sunday (August 31st).
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about his band and crew drinking on a plane.
Dierks Bentley (drinking on a plane) OC: …can do that. :32
“I love planes. I’m a pilot. I did ‘Drunk on a Plane.’ I spend so much time on airplanes with the guys in my band using our Southwest drink coupons…My biggest honor and one of the things I’m most proud of is being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, but I’m pretty proud of the fact that my band has, just my band alone and the crew had some help too, we had drunk a Southwest airplane completely dry of alcohol. Like halfway through the flight, it was like, ‘we have no more booze, thanks to you guys. Your band has completely decimated our supply.’ So, I’m pretty proud of the fact that the guys can do that.”
New York, NY (August 25, 2014) – Luke Bryan has been added to the all-star program for Fashion Rocks®. He joins the previously announced line-up that includes Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, MAGIC!, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora, and Usher. The show, which celebrates the powerful relationship between fashion and music, will be executive produced by Mr. Beckman and Don Mischer of Don Mischer Productions.
Emmy Award-winner Ryan Seacrest will host the special live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 9th, in a two-hour extravaganza on the CBS television network (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Mr. Seacrest will also receive an executive producer credit.
Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800- 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. For information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE.
Visit FashionRocksLive.com, for a combination of compelling articles, photo galleries, videos and polls related to the intersection of fashion and music. Featuring updates and content surrounding the Fashion Rocks broadcast, you’ll also find everything from posts on fashion throughout the ages, playlists for specific moods and beauty inspiration culled from various musical genres to behind-the-scenes footage of the Fashion Rocks magazine, created by InStyle.
Three Lions Entertainment (TLE) has re-imagined branded entertainment to create a global model that transcends the norm. Together with the expertise to craft original, world-class events and content, TLE executes sophisticated cross-platform marketing opportunities for clients that offer authentic, highly compelling integrations and activations at scale. TLE will air Fashion Rocks and Movies Rock® in 2014, two of the many compelling programs in development that focus on the passions that drive our culture and their relationship to music.
Don Mischer Productions is a global leader in event television, whose works include the 2011-13 Academy Awards, “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” The Emmy Awards, the “Billboard Music Awards," Six Super Bowl Halftime Shows, the Democratic National Convention, and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.
CHEAT TWEET: Just in! Country music superstar @LukeBryanOnline has been added to the @FashionRocksTV lineup. #FashionRocks
GRAMMY award-winning country group NASHVILLE TN (Monday, August 25, 2014) – Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman—will be launching THE PAIN KILLER TOUR on November 8th in Youngstown, OH. Today the foursome also unveiled the album cover of Pain Killer, their upcoming sixth studio release, on the band’s Instagram page (instagram.com/littlebigtown). Pain Killer is set for release October 21st and features current hit single, “Day Drinking.” All tour dates except Mt. Pleasant, MI will be produced by AEG LIVE/The Messina Group.
THE PAIN KILLER TOUR will feature special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne and will hit over 13 cities nationwide, wrapping in Rockford, IL on December 13th.
“We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour,” said Fairchild. “Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brett and Brothers…we're big fans.”
"The band is so stoked about this record that we've been playing new songs all summer," added Westbrook. "We can't wait to play the whole thing, along with our hits the fans know and love this November."
For the very first time the band is offering their fans a unique VIP experience on THE PAIN KILLER TOUR. Choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, pre-show soundcheck, exclusive merchandise, and more. For more information on all VIP packages and pre-sale tickets head over to www.littlebigtown.com
THE PAIN KILLER TOUR:
11/8 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
11/9 Cincinnati, OH Bank of Kentucky Center
11/13 Roanoke, VA Salem Civic Center
11/14 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
11/15 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
11/20 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
11/21 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
11/22 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
12/4 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Detroit
12/5 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
12/6 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle (Brett Eldredge Only)
12/12 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center Arena
12/13 Rockford, IL BMO Harris Bank Center
About Brett Eldredge
With two consecutive No. 1 hits “Beat of the Music” and “Don’t Ya," Atlantic recording artist Brett Eldredge is thrilled to join Little Big Town on THE PAIN KILLER TOUR in support of his debut album Bring You Back
. Celebrating his album release with performances on Today, Live with Kelly & Michael, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers
, Eldredge also earned New Artist nominations for the CMA and ACM Awards, a CMT Award nod for "Breakthrough Video of the Year," a performance on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and rave reviews from noted tastemakers. Eldredge was recently named by People Country Magazine
and Us Weekly
as one country music's sexiest men. People
reported “Patience, passion, personality, a whole lot of talent and an insane work ethic are already in Brett’s favor to position him as a star in country music.”
About Brothers Osborne
Brothers Osborne hail from Deale, Maryland; a water town on the Chesapeake Bay. Upon moving to Nashville, Brothers Osborne began writing and playing every open-mic in town that they could. In 2012 the brothers signed to EMI Nashville (part of the Universal Music Group Nashville). Brothers Osborne mark the first duo signed to the EMI Nashville imprint. Their current single at country radio is the feel-good song "Rum," a song that the New York Times says "…is elegantly structured, sinewy country passing as back-porch folk." In addition, Rolling Stone also listed Brothers Osborne as one of 10 Artists You Need To Know. Furthermore Country Weekly listed Brothers Osborne as one of their "ONES TO WATCH IN 2014" and Paste Magazine listed the brothers on their "Best Of What's Next" list.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, August 22, 2014) – MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt made his Grand Ole Opry debut this week joining Carrie Underwood, Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins and more on country’s most famous stage.
Eager to hit the stage, Hunt shared, “this is such an unbelievable experience. I’m so excited and nervous and just happy my family was able to come up for this!”
In addition to his Opry debut, Hunt’s “Leave the Night On” continues to climb up country radio’s Top 20 while his four-song album preview, X2C, landed at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
X2C includes “Leave the Night On” plus three more songs off Hunt’s upcoming major label debut album, MONTEVALLO, available Oct. 27th.
Scotty McCreery will headline the annual Packapalooza – the largest of North Carolina State’s Wolfpack Welcome Week events – on Saturday (August 23rd). More than 45,000 people are expected to attend the event at Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, which welcomes students back to school. With a ton of activities and vendors, students will also have the opportunity to see what the university has to offer and to explore groups and organizations.
Scotty took to his Facebook page to announce the event – “I started classes this week, too. We're gonna light up our bell tower RED! Got some special music planned. You REALLY don't want to miss this! GO PACK!”
Scotty is currently climbing the country charts with his latest hit, "Feelin' It."
LABOR DAY LINERS: Billy, Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, David, Church, Paslay, Jon, Kacey, Keith, Kelleigh, LBT, Luke, Sam (AUDIO LINERS) 8/22/14
LINER Billy Currington (Labor Day)
Hey y’all! It’s Billy Currington, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.
LINER Brothers Osborne (Labor Day)
This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend. LINER Canaan Smith (Labor Day)
LINER Darius Rucker (Labor Day)
Hey! It’s Darius Rucker, and I hope you have a have a happy work-free Labor Day weekend.
LINER David Nail (Labor Day)
Hey guys! It’s David Nail, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Eric Church, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend. LINER Eric Church (Labor Day)
Hey! It’s Eric Paslay, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend. LINER Eric Paslay (Labor Day)
LINER Jon Pardi (Labor Day weekend)
Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.
LINER Kacey Musgraves (Labor Day weekend)
Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.
LINER Keith Urban (Labor Day weekend)
Hi everybody! This is Keith Urban, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.
LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Labor Day)
Hi! I’m Kelleigh Bannen, and I hope you have a happy Labor Day weekend.
LINER LBT (Labor Day)
Hi! We’re Little Big Town, hoping you have a work-free Labor Day weekend.
Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend. LINER Luke Bryan (Labor Day)
Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend. LINER Sam Hunt (Labor Day)
LABOR DAY AUDIO: AJ, Billy, Darius, David, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Jon, Keith, Kip, Lady A, Luke (AUDIO) 8/22/14
For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.
It's been 120 years since the U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday, 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 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.
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.
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: Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.
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: David Nail recalls his first job at Dairy Queen.
David Nail (Labor Day) OC: …Dilly Bar. :32
“The first job that I ever had was working at Dairy Queen. One of my very best friends in the world’s mother purchased a franchise, so it was kinda a cool place to work. You put me in an ice cream place, it’s a recipe for disaster. So, Kathy Jeffers, her mother tends to tell people it was a ‘mutual separation,’ but I can vividly remember her saying that they were going to lose money if they continued to let me work, because I was eating more food than I was selling. But, it was a great two days that I spent there, and I had many a Dilly Bar."
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.
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.
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.
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.
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: Keith Urban once had a short stint as a telemarketer -- his only non-music gig. However, he loves his “job,” which has him on stage entertaining fans, and he says watching them connect to his songs is an amazing feeling.Keith Urban (Labor Day) OC: …great feeling. :24
“Seeing people connect to the music is the absolute, hands down, the biggest reward for me. Especially when you go to a place you’ve never been to before, and there’s all these people. I mean lots of people out there that you’ve never met a single one of them, and they’re singing to every word, and you realize that it’s not just a pretty melody, they get your songs. It’s amazing. It’s a great feeling.”
AUDIO: Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.
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: Charles Kelleyof Lady Antebellum tells us what he used to do to make a buck before finding success as a musician.
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.
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…”
Canaan Smith is an outdoorsy kind of guy, which is perfect for the summer fairs and festivals circuit, which has him playing to crowds in outside venues. Growing up in Virginia, he would rather be outdoors, especially in the summer.
“I love being outside, whether it be the mountains or the beach. I spent most of my summers on Virginia Beach, ‘cause I’m from Williamsburg, Virginia. It has a wide enough boardwalk so we could skateboard and get into some trouble, sneaking off and smoking cigarettes. So, that was what I would do when I was a kid,” says Canaan. “I’d take my shirt off every chance I’d get and get out in the sun.”
Canaan says he probably got his love from the outdoors from his father. “We used to call my dad ‘Turtle Man,’ ‘cause he’d just be standing in the parking lot, and if it was a sunny day, he’d just put his face to the sky and stand there and forget about what’s going on around him. [laughs] I guess I got that from him.”
Canaan is on the airwaves with his single, “Love You Like That,” which sold more than 21,000 copies in just the first week of release.
[]AUDIO: Canaan Smith talks about growing up in Virginia and the summers he spent at Virginia Beach.
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“I’m an outdoors guy. I love being outside, whether it be the mountains or the beach. I spent most of my summers on Virginia Beach, ‘cause I’m from Williamsburg, Virginia. It has a wide enough boardwalk so we could skateboard and get into some trouble, sneaking off and smoking cigarettes. So, that was what I would do when I was a kid. I’d take my shirt off every chance I’d get and get out in the sun. We used to call my dad ‘Turtle Man,’ ‘cause he’d just be standing in the parking lot, and if it was a sunny day, he’d just put his face to the sky and stand there and forget about what’s going on around him. [laughs] I guess I got that from him.”