Musicians often find themselves on the road for months, sometimes even years at a time. Yes, being on stage is a thrill, but there’s also a lot of down time. And down time can lead to…trouble.
“The better friends you are with people out there on the road, the more you fool around and act crazy,” Canaan Smith tells us of the genre’s penchant for pranking. Sometimes the tomfoolery take place on the last night of the tour. In other cases, though, pranking can last throughout the entire tour.
Which Smith has a feeling may happen for him this summer, when he hits the road with Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore and Maddie & Tae for the Sounds of Summer Tour. “I’m sure there will be a lot of back and forth pranking each other,” he says.
And he’s already getting prepared. “I actually have some ideas in my head of how I’m going to get Dierks back for the Polar Plunge thing he did to us.”
Smith explains that pranks are a regular occurrence in country because the artists are so communal and get along and aim to have fun on the road together.
“Nobody is so isolated that they keep to themselves and do their own thing,” he says. “We’re all about hanging out. I think pranks are just a natural thing that happens out there.”
We spoke with Dierks, Kip, Darius and several more artists on the best tour pranks that have experienced.