Before the hit songs, awards and thousands of screaming fans, country stars held day jobs just like those who love their music. In Day Jobs, an original series premiering on Sunday, October 2 at 8 PM/ET, several of today’s top stars step away from the stage lights and put in a full day’s work the way they did before they made it big.
Each one-hour episode of Day Jobs follows three stars as they work a shift in a variety of jobs ranging from offshore oil rig roughneck to cattle rancher, women’s shoe salesman, pilot and waitress. As they work, they realize just how far they’ve come and how those early jobs helped shaped their life today.
Every participant agreed to put in a full eight-hour day and some had to undergo additional training. Before Trace Adkins returned to his former job as a roughneck on an offshore oil rig, he had to spend a day in safety training. Joe Nichols had to become certified to drive a forklift before spending a day loading pallets and filling orders in a warehouse.
“I’ve told lots of people I’m not defined by what I do now,” Trace said during taping. “’Roughneck’ defines me better than anything else does. I’ve been called lots of things in my life but one of the things I’m proudest of is just that I was called a good hand.”
Craig Morgan spent the day training with Army soldiers of the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell. “I do miss the energy and excitement, knowing that at any opportunity you might be doing something that others only read about,” he said. “I grew up wanting to be a hero and the Army gives you that opportunity.”
“Country music has long epitomized the working man and it was great to see so many stars wanting to tell their stories and revisit their early jobs alongside the hard working people doing those jobs today,” said GAC President Ed Hardy. “Viewers will get rare insight – straight from the stars themselves – about an important part of these artists’ lives.”
While Day Jobs doesn’t premiere until October 2, you can catch a sneak peek TOMORROW, September 14 at 8/7CT.
Artists featured in Day Jobs include:
Trace Adkins/roughneck/off shore oil rig
Chris Young/AC unit installation
Craig Morgan/Army soldier
Neal McCoy/women’s shoe salesman
Chuck Wicks/potato farmer
Josh Kelley/golf instructor
Joe Nichols/warehouse dock worker
Aaron Tippin/corporate jet pilot
David Nail/Dairy Queen employee
Darryl Worley/commercial fisherman
Easton Corbin/Ace Hardware employee
Gary Allan/construction worker
Phil Vassar/restaurant owner
Danny Gokey/truck driver
Clay Walker/cattle rancher