Country Stars Share Their Mother’s Day Stories
It's Mother's Day, and nothing is more important to country music than honoring your mother. Here, some of country's biggest stars share their favorite stories about their mothers, the mothers of their children, or even their own motherhood.
Alan Jackson says his wife, Denise, set a positive example for their daughters when she wrote the best-selling book 'It's All About Him' a few years ago. “I think it's been great for them to see her do something out there that's, again, not typical for a parent at all," he shares. "But she's a great role model for them anyway and always has been, whether she did anything professionally or not. I could see it in their eyes, you know, that they were surprised -- very surprised, and also, I could see them with interest looking at her thinking it was special for her to do that."
'Wagon Wheel' singer Darius Rucker says his character comes from wanting to please his mother. “I think that’s the main reason I am how I am…an innate fear of disappointing my mom," he admits. "My mom’s not even alive, and I have a fear of her looking down from heaven and going, ‘Man I’m just disappointed in my son.’ She could have said anything in the world to me, but if she would have said, ‘Son, you just disappointed me,’ that would have killed me."
Dierks Bentley says keeping his wife happy on Mother's Day is a big priority. "Any touring husband, anyone who tours who has kids and a wife back home, it’s tough, man. It’s a lot of work," he acknowledges. "So, I definitely need to step up to think of something great to do this Sunday, for sure. But nothing yet. As usual, I’ll probably get something last minute and hopefully, it’ll be great, though. She deserves something great.”
He may seem like an outlaw from his scruffy image, but Eric Church loves his mama. He has talked before about how much of his musical ability he owes to his mother -- but he apparently feels he owes her an apology for his behavior when he was younger, too, though he doesn't want to say just why. "If I’ve gotten away with it this long I’m not about . . . I’m not letting it out now [that] I’ve made it. The guilt is even gone now, I’m good," he says with a laugh. "So probably, but I’m not going to admit any of it. I’ll say I’m sorry, just blanket I’m sorry."
Singer Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum says he and his brother, pop singer Josh Kelley, also owe their mom for putting up with their youthful shenanigans. "We used to play our music loud up above on the second floor, bang on the drums and the guitar," he recalls. "And my mom’s just one of those people, she’ll do anything for her family and she sacrificed a lot for us boys. Anytime we needed something, she made it happen. And so, we owe her a lot. She’s definitely the reason we’re playing music.”
Of course, Mother's Day is also about being a parent. Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman waited a long time for motherhood, and she says being a mom ties her to her own mother. "I see what my mother gave up and her sacrifices and her love and how she made us the most important thing in her life, and that’s what I strive to do for my little girl," she says. "It’s the most important job I have, and it’s the most responsibility that I have, and I try to live up to a great example that I had for my mother.”
Shania Twain stresses the importance of expressing love. “It’s such a joy to be a parent," she says. "So, I relate to all the mums out there who are getting all their love and appreciation from their kids, and I hope, when you’re a kid, a child of somebody, show your mum you love her, because it means everything.”