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What did Eric Church say was his worst job? “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."

Eric Church is releasing 122 live recordings from his tour over the last year or so . . . 30 Songs were released on iTunes only on Friday and additional songs will be released over the next two weeks, bringing the total to 122 songs. They'll be available on the other the streaming platforms Sept 15, the day of his concert at the Tuscaloosa Ampitheater. There will be no physical copies fof the cd or anything else, just online.

And what was Luke Bryan's worst job?   “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."

Sam Hunt says he doesn't regret not making the NFL as a quarterback out of the University of Alabama Birmingham.  He says There was enough interest from the NFL and the encouragement from his coaches that he needed to go on & see what would happen. He wanted to pursue music, but couldn’t walk away from football.  But when it was obvious that he wasn’t going to make it, that set him free to pursue music.'

A star-studded telethon is in the works for victims of Hurricane Harvey and the Nashville co-hosts are Blake Shelton and Reese Witherspoon. The hour long telethon airs September 12 on several major networks.
Chris Young** has started a Go Fund Me page for victims in Texas of Hurricane Harvey. Chris has friends and family there and says he’s pretty sure his house there will have to be torn down as it was in one of the areas hardest hit areas. If you wanna donate too, head togofundme.com/harveyrelief.

Keith Urban tells the Morning Call that ABC has talked to him about judging the American Idol reboot. “There’s been talk about it, yeah, but I’m not quite sure. There’s a lot of, an enormous amount of moving parts on everybody’s side, I think, right now. So I’m in the studio, working on a new album, obviously touring. So I certainly got a full dance card. And if that happens, great. And if it doesn’t, no sweat."

Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris announced their engagement in July and Ryan didn’t simply pick a ring from a display cabinet — he knew he had to find something which would fit her perfectly. So he designed one. He had somebody in Canada put it together. The stone is from New York City, it’s from an uncut diamond, and then the rest of it’s cast just custom for her.  Maren says they are nearing a date in the spring. before they kick off their tours again,

See you this week at 12:10pm for the latest Nashville 411.