Luke Bryan is one of the biggest names in country music these days, but he had quite the assortment of jobs before making it big on the music scene. He started off at a local grocery store, Rubos, at age 12, stocking and cleaning produce. Then he headed to K-Mart for a couple months before returning to Rubos. Finally, he went to work on his father’s farm.
“Just awful,” Luke said. “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. After college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville.”
For Kip Moore, he spent a summer laying sod in the south Georgia heat, something he hopes to never do again. “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,” he said. “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.”
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley had a lot of ‘crummy jobs’ before moving to Nashville and forming Lady A. One job was knocking down asbestos walls. “I did that for a long time,” he said. “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.”