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Country stars recall their worst jobs

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Eric Church performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Country stars recall their worst jobs

By Kellie Michaels. CREATED Aug 29, 2014

It's Labor Day weekend, so here's a wrap-up of some of the worst jobs a few country stars had before they made it big.


Eric Church tells us he had an "awful job": “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." 
 
 
 
 
 
Kip Moore: "I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing worse than that, especially when somebody would think that 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. 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.”
 
 
Dierks Bentley: During a summer working at Arizona's Lake Powell, Dierks had a job cleaning the 250-gallon portable toilets on the returning rental houseboats. "It usually had a week's worth of 'stuff' in there from the 10 to 12 houseboat guests," he says. Once, the old machine used to empty the toilets backfired, sending the hose and all the stuff straight up into the air. "I tried to outrun the rain," he says. "Got nailed."
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Kellie Michaels is co-host of the top-rated "Brian & Kellie" morning show on KFDI, in Wichita, Kan., with husband, Brian Pierce. She and Brian are one of only a handful of married couples doing morning shows in the country.