Country superstars live a charmed life for the most part. They have money to burn and they have adoring fans cheering on their every move. Whether it’s on stage or on social media, where they tout their what seems to be a “glamorous” lifestyle. Like Miranda Lambert’s song “Little Red Wagon” sings with such sass in the lyrics. “I play guitar, and I go on the road. I do all the s— you wanna do! You can’t ride in my little red wagon.”
Their existence seems untouchable at times. But country stars, in fact, are just like all of us. They have lives full of fun, joy, family excitement and some drama. And then there’s a bit of heartbreak and bad luck at times. They often write about such times in their songs. They reflect their loves and lives that we all can relate to and sing along to.
Kenny Chesney sings of fame in his fictional 2003 song “Big Star,” about a female country singer that goes from singing in bars to the big time. He sang in part, “She made the local cable shows / Where the camera fell in love with her face / After a couple of weekends / The groupies were crawling all over the place / She signed autographs / Like she was Garth Brooks in a skirt / And in the aftermath / That small time town was hers.”
We all saw the “big star” Chesney mourn the loss of his beloved dog Ruby late last year, something many of us have felt at one time or another.
In 2010, Brad Paisley released what he called a love song to the fans, “This Is Country Music.” Paisley, who owns homes in Nashville and Los Angeles with his movie star wife Kim, sang about the music that made him a superstar. He sang in part, “You’re not supposed to say the word ‘cancer’ in a song. / And tellin’ folks Jesus is the answer can rub ’em wrong / It ain’t hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns, and mama, yeah that might be true. / But this is country music, and we do.”
Here are seven examples of country superstars proving they are just like us: