Country Stars Share Their Best Advice From Mom

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Jay DeMarcus and his mother Caron (Photo by Diana Zalucky/Disney/Getty Images)

Jay DeMarcus and his mother Caron (Photo by Diana Zalucky/Disney/Getty Images)

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In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday (May 13), we asked a couple dozen country artists to share the best advice their mothers ever gave them. You may be surprised at some of the answers, but not so surprised that many of them followed it. After all, ‘momma knows best!’

It seems a consensus that many successful country artists had very supportive mothers. Miranda Lambert‘s momma, for instance, told her to “know who you are and stick with it”. So as she tells us, “I’ve done that in my life and in my career and it’s really been great advice.”

Miranda Lambert with Mom and Dad (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Miranda Lambert with her parents (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Before moving to Nashville to pursue his dreams in music, Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney says his ‘momma’ told him “you’ll never know unless you go, you have picks in your pocket and dreams in your head – go for it.”

She must have been on the same page as fellow Flatts bandmember Jay DeMarcus, whose mother gave him the advice to “never lose your faith in God and never, ever give up on your dreams.”

By the same token, Cherrill Green of Edens Edge listened when her mother told her, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”

Phil Vassar says the reason he moved to Nashville was because of the advice given to him by his mother. “My mom always told me to do what you love to do. Do what makes you happy. And follow your dreams no matter what other people say about it.” So move to Nashville he did, and “everybody thought I was crazy.”

Then there is the more specific, immediate advice some artists’ moms have given. Besides “stay in school,” Jack Ingram‘s mom gave him advice to “break up with that girl! She’s bad news!” He tells us “that girl was bad news! A lot of fun. . . but bad news!!!”

Chuck Wick‘s mom’s best advice, or at least the advice that stuck with him, has a familiar ring: “Chuck!!! Put the toilet seat down!!!”

See a gallery of country artists with their mothers

How many moms have given the advice Randy Houser remembers? “Wear clean underwear. . .you never know,”, she told him; and then she added, “and a bunny suit.” We’re not sure what that last part meant, but it was his recollection of his mom’s best advice.

Although Uncle Kracker‘s mom apparently has a great sense of humor, as he tells us, the “best advice my mom ever gave me…’go ugly early.'”

Josh Kelley advice from his mother that was a bit more serious. “Before I’d leave to go out the door she’d say, ‘PUT A RAINCOAT ON IT!!!” “And I always did…haha.”

Josh Gracin‘s mother told him, “No matter what, the woman’s right…even if she’s not, let her be…because at the end of the night you’ll be glad [you] did.”

Colt Ford tells us, “My Mamma always said ‘God never gives you anything he does not intend for You to use.'” He must have listened, as this hard-working country/rap artist says he has a new record done that is the “best thing I’ve done.”‘

Below is more motherly advice, shared by some of your favorite country artists:

Mike Eli (Eli Young Band)
“Honestly, it’s kind of cliche, but she told me to follow my dreams and it worked out pretty good.”

Jana Kramer
“Don’t ever let any man take your light away.”

JT Hodges
“Treat all women like you would me.”

Craig Morgan
“Don’t expect too much from people, you’ll be disappointed less.”

Bucky Covington
“Don’t be late for things. However, she was always late. Haha.”

Meghan Linsey (Steel Magnolia)
“Forgive and let go. Don’t let anger get the best of you and eat you up inside.”

Justin Moore
“Stand up and do what’s right, even if it’s the harder choice.”

James Otto
“Mom’s best advice was to follow my dreams. Kinda generic, I know, but true.”

David Nail
“My mother is a very conservative lady! She always said to be comfortable being me! She once said if my wife Catherine didn’t make me happy, then I needed to get used to the fact that I’d never be happy.”

Dean Berner (Edens Edge)
“Play perfect.”

Hannah Blaylock (Edens Edge)
“When life gets tough, pull yourself up by your boot straps and keep on a-trekkin’!!”

- Nanci Haskin/99.5 WYCD; Steve Grunwald of WYCD also contributed to this post

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