It’s hard to picture some of our favorite artists not being involved in music in some way, shape or form. But the truth is, alot of them were not in the music industry their entire lives. Click MORE to find out what many of them did before they made it big!
[lastfm]Trace Adkins[/lastfm] – Oil Field Worker
With his burly stature, and his recent outspokeness on the Gulf Oil Spill, it may not come as surprise to know that Trace spent time working the oil fields. A colleague told him he couldn’t work five years in the oil fields without getting injured badly enough to miss work. They were right, during his time as a roughneck, Trace had his forehead busted open by a snapped cable and a leg injured by an exploding fiberglass tank. He also got marooned on an offshore rig during a hurricane.
[lastfm]Dierks Bentley[/lastfm] – Toilet Cleaner
Dierks spent a summer scrubbing toilet bowls at Arizona’s Lake Powell. Required work included cleaning 250-gallon portable toilets from the returning rental houseboats. Dierks said that, once, the old machine used to empty the toilets backfired, sending the hose and all the stuff straight up into the air soaking him in the “stuff”. Yuck!
[lastfm]Clint Black[/lastfm] – Newspaper Salesman
When Clint was 14, he was a newspaper solicitor for the Houston Post going door-to-door selling subscriptions. In the Texas heat, I don’t imagine having doors slammed in your face was too fun.
[lastfm]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm] – Valet
Kenny held a few odd jobs when he was a struggling musician. Some of the jobs that he also had include telemarketer and mail room sorter. Among the valets to whom Chesney has handed his own keys is ‘Stealing Cinderella’ singer [lastfm]Chuck Wicks[/lastfm].
[lastfm]Billy Currington[/lastfm] – Cement Pourer
No one can say that Billy didn’t pay his dues. In the 10 years he spent in Nashville before getting a record deal, he spent 6 of those years pouring concrete, which he says was the hardest job he has ever had. Billy also brought in the paychecks as pawn shop clerk.
[lastfm]Eric Church[/lastfm] – Home Shopping Network Operator
Eric’s spent his early Nashville days (actually, nights) taking credit-card information a home-shopping channel on the midnight — 7 a.m. shift.
[lastfm]Faith Hill[/lastfm] – T-Shirt Vendor
Faith spent four months in Nashville before landing her first gig: a one-week stint selling T-shirts at [lastfm]Reba McEntire[/lastfm]‘s booth at the 1987 Fan Fair.
[lastfm]Martina McBride[/lastfm] – T-Shirt Vendor
Martina also spent her early days in Nashville selling t-shirts at [lastfm]Garth Brooks[/lastfm] concerts in the 90s. It seems like their may be something behind this t-shirt selling business…
[lastfm]Alan Jackson[/lastfm] – Shoe Repairman
Alan, who prides himself on his work ethic, earned his ‘Summertime Blues’ as a shoe repairman at age 12, repairing shoes at a store in Newnan, Ga.
[lastfm]Reba McEntire[/lastfm] – Cowgirl
It only makes sense that one of Country’s favorite female artists started her working life as a real-life cowgirl. Reba started gathering cattle on her family’s Oklahoma ranch when she was only six. She also helped turn bulls into steers, holding the cow’s tail while her father removed it’s nether regions. I suppose that is one way to learn anatomy.
[lastfm]Joe Nichols[/lastfm] – Steak Salesman
Joe spent one day selling frozen meat out of the back of a truck in the Nashville heat. Well, were glad he took his job as a singer a little more seriously!
[lastfm]Kellie Pickler[/lastfm] – Fast-Food Car Hop
In her pre-Idol days Kellie was a roller-skating, chili-cheese dog toting car-hop at Sonic Drive-In in Albemarle, N.C. I guess she was pretty good on wheels because she spent 3 years in this early profession.
Kimberly Roads ([lastfm]Little Big Town[/lastfm]) – Green Bean Picker
Before Little Big Town made it big, Kimberly spent summer picking green beans for two dollars a bushel. Not only was she in the hot sun all day, she says it took “forever” to pick a single bushel.
[lastfm]Blake Shelton[/lastfm] – House Painter
Blake not only spent his time painting houses, he also worked as a tape dubber making copies of cassette tapes. Much to my surprise, Blake has said he preferred painting houses. I bet it got pretty hot under that long hair!
[lastfm]Clay Walker[/lastfm] – Tire Factory Janitor
Before his big break, Clayworked in a tire factory, but he wasn’t even on the line — he just cleaned up after them. He also spent his early days with a line of odd jobs, such as shoes salesman and a motel night clerk.
[lastfm]Jimmy Wayne[/lastfm] – Prison Guard
After high school, Jimmy worked as a prison guard at the Gaston Correctional Facility in North Carolina. Jimmy was not a stranger to the prison system as he had some early experiences with his mother and stepfather both spending time incarcerated.