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IOWA CITY — Maybe C.J. Beathard is going into the family business when he leaves Iowa after his senior year.
Well, at least that’s the joke he made Tuesday after appearing alongside his brother, country music performer Tucker Beathard, at the Back Porch Revival concert at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.
“I had a lot of phone calls — a lot of music labels trying to hit me up,” Beathard said, before adding, “No, I’m kidding.”
The elder Beathard came on stage to help sing a song of Tucker’s about brotherhood, and for a guy who can keep his cool under pressure while playing in front of 70,000-plus football fans, he was surprisingly nervous.
C.J. joked at first that when he got on stage, he didn’t have enough of the mic, but said when Tucker gave him a lighthearted challenge, he wasn’t having any of it.
“He was hogging the whole mic; I couldn’t even get in there. No, the more of his voice you could hear, the better. I tried to stay away a little bit,” Beathard said. “It was awesome. It was a really cool experience.
“I actually was pretty nervous. I didn’t even want to do it just because, but Tuck said, ‘No, it’ll be cool.’ I was more nervous for that than for games. Tucker was messing with me, saying, ‘When you get up there I’m just going to hand you the microphone.’ And I was like, ‘I’m not going to do anything if you do that.’”
Tucker’s lead single as an up-and-coming country act has been “Rock On,” but he also has a song out called “20-10 Tennessee” and features Tucker singing a song from the perspective of a man watching a Tennessee Volunteers football game while calling a potential (or former) girlfriend and leaving her a voicemail.
The song’s subject is rooting for the Volunteers, and the song was written by Tucker and he and C.J.’s dad, Casey. Despite the title and rooting interest in the song, C.J. laughed off any notion of giving his brother grief for writing a song about a football team that isn’t Iowa.
“I don’t (give him a hard time). He wrote it with my dad, and neither of them are Tennessee fans,” C.J. Beathard said. “It’s just a good song, so I don’t give him a hard time about it.”
Tucker Beathard’s work can be found on YouTube and Spotify.
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