In 2016, our booking agents told us about the opportunity to film a reality TV series based on the music industry in Austin, Texas. Curt was super excited about the idea, while Hannah wasn’t so sure how it would play out. However, she decided it was worth a shot, and they applied.
After meeting with casting agents, we felt pretty positive that we’d get to be part of the show. However, we have to mention the little blunder our manager made. When asked how many original songs we had, she said “about 300.” They cracked up laughing. We’d have to writing about everything under the sun to have that many originals at this stage in the game. They asked if we write a song every time we go to the bathroom! Of course, she meant we can play about 300 different songs, but hey, it’s been a long lasting joke between the three of us. A few weeks later, we got the news that we were in! However, we were told this was actually a competition show. We were going to help someone break into the music business, and we were going to judge his ability to become a performing musician.
Other musicians would be mentoring wannabe performers alongside us. Our contestant’s name was Jackie. He was an older man, and after working as our roadie for a gig at Stubb’s BBQ, we hung out and talked about life as a musician. We told Jackie all about our home, our career, and most importantly, our little girl. He was impressed that we don’t have a “day job.” Music is all we do.
Jackie seemed especially interested in our story of addiction. When Hannah was six months pregnant with Presley, the baby was sitting on her kidney and it started to swell. In fact, she had emergency surgery to insert a nephrostomy tube in her back to drain the kidney for the duration of the pregnancy. Then, to counter the pain of the affected kidney and surgery, doctors prescribed Hannah hydrocodone, and assured her the dose was safe for the baby.
What they forgot to say was that such medications are highly addictive. A few months later, Hannah went to rehab. That’s when Curt wrote the song “Addiction.” After Jackie listened to the story, he seemed really impressed, and determined to become a musician himself. Now, what you don’t see on Undercover Boss is the fact that Curt couldn’t shake the feeling that Jackie sounded a lot like Darius Rucker. But we kicked around every possibility in the book, and we never could come up with a scenario in which Darius Rucker would be dressed up like an older man, hoping to break into the business. A few days later, it all became clear.
It was Darius Rucker, and he loved the song “Addiction.” And he loved Hannah’s powerful vocals. He gave us two brand new Gibson Hummingbird guitars, a scholarship to the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, and $20,000. Further, he offered to be our mentor. We did go to Hollywood, where we polished our track, Losing Game. Now, we see Darius from time to time, and he does give us the pointers we need to keep this dream moving along. You never know what might be coming next!