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Florida Georgia Line Working Hard on Labor Day

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were hard at work on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. FGL headlined the Today show’s Toyota Summer Concert Series from New York’s Rockefeller Plaza.

The duo performed their current single, “Round Here,” along with their mega-smash “Cruise,” for which they were joined by rap star Nelly. Florida Georgia Line joins Luke Bryan on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour through September and will head up their own tour beginning in October.

A rockin’ way to spend the holiday!

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Eric Church, Knife Seller? Stars Recall Early Employment

Eric Church, Knife Seller? Stars Recall Early Employment

Eric Church photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

As Labor Day approaches, country stars are remembering the jobs they had before they found success in the music industry. Eric Church had a lot of ‘awful jobs’ along the way but none was worse than an overnight gig at the Shop At Home Network right after he moved to Nashville.

“I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8 a.m.,” he said. “Anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4 a.m. and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. 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.’ I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it.”

For Billy Currington, it was manual labor that he didn’t much care for. He started landscaping when he was 12 and roofing houses when he was 16. He then moved to Nashville, where he worked in a pawn shop and then turned to pouring concrete.

“The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more,” he said. “After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

David Nail’s first job was working at Dairy Queen. The mother of one of his best friends purchased a franchise and gave him a part-time job, but it didn’t work out well for David.

“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,” he said. “But, it was a great two days that I spent there, and I had many a Dilly Bar.”

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Luke Bryan’s Grand Ole Opry Performance to Be Featured on MDA Telethon

Luke Bryan's Grand Ole Opry Performance to Be Featured on MDA Telethon

Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville

One of Luke Bryan’s Grand Ole Opry performances will be showcased this weekend during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon on Sunday, September 1 at 9/8c on ABC. Luke will sing one of his early hits as part of the telethon, which has previously featured Opry performances by Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker and more.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. The organization provides funding for worldwide research, provides comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide and rallies communities. Visit mda.org to learn more.

Luke is currently headlining his Dirt Road Diaries Tour. His latest single, “That’s My Kind of Night,” is flying up the charts at country radio. It is featured on his new album, Crash My Party.

 

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Angie Johnson Joins Scotty McCreery’s Weekend Roadtrip Tour

Angie Johnson Joins Scotty McCreery's Weekend Roadtrip Tour

Angie Johnson’s 2013 EP, Sing For You. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Angie Johnson has been added as an opening act for the fall dates of Scotty McCreery’s Weekend Roadtrip Tour. She will join the tour Sunday, September 1 in Manteo, North Carolina.

“I just love Scotty’s voice,” Angie said. “He’s a real talent, and I’m super excited to join him on his Weekend Roadtrip Tour. I think we’re going to have a blast on the road together!”

Before hitting the road with Scotty, Angie performed the National Anthem at the St. Louis Rams’ final pre-season game on Thursday. She also performed the National Anthem at NASCAR’s recent Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Race, delivering the command to start engines afterward. Her new single, “Swagger,” is at radio now.

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Lady Antebellum Spoof Luke Bryan and Lady Gaga and Extend Tour

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Carrie Underwood Sees No. 1 Again on Top 20

Carrie Underwood Sees No. 1 Again on Top 20

Carrie Underwood photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood continues her run at No. 1 GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown with “See You Again,” while Chris Young and Luke Bryan round out the Top 3. Kelly Clarkson has a big debut on the countdown with her latest, “Tie It Up,” coming in at No. 10 while new videos by Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett with Toby Keith and Justin Moore also make their countdown debuts.

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In addition to counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley headed to Nashville’s Cumberland River with Billy Currington,  who knows how to have fun on the water! Nan and Billy discussed his new album, We Are Tonight, summer fun and catching waves. Plus, find out how you can win $50,000 with the Great American Country Giveaway!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos, photos and more! You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

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  1. Carrie Underwood – “See You Again”
  2. Chris Young – “Aw Naw”
  3. Luke Bryan – “Crash My Party”
  4. Kellie Pickler – “Someone Somewhere Tonight”
  5. Keith Urban – “Little Bit of Everything”
  6. Miranda Lambert – “All Kinds of Kinds”
  7. Little Big Town – “Your Side of the Bed”
  8. Thompson Square – “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking”
  9. Billy Currington – “Hey Girl”
  10. Kelley Clarkson – “Tie It Up”
  11. Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
  12. Taylor Swift – “Red”
  13. Brett Eldredge – “Don’t Ya”
  14. Gary Allan – “Pieces”
  15. Jason Aldean – “Night Train”
  16. Jana Kramer – “I Hope It Rains”
  17. Lady Antebellum – “Goodbye Town”
  18. Tim McGraw – “Southern States”
  19. Jimmy Buffett w/ Toby Keith – “Too Drunk To Karaoke”
  20. Justin Moore – “Point At You”

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