IOWA CITY, Iowa — C.J. Beathard can play the Kinnick Stadium crowd like a fiddle with a football in hands. But what about with a microphone?
We just might get the chance to find out.
Rising country music star Tucker Beathard is slated to play at Kinnick as part of a package concert Aug. 27. Tucker? He’s C.J.’s younger brother.
And when reporters asked C.J. — better known around these parts as Iowa’s starting quarterback — recently at the Hawkeyes’ media day if he might join his brother on stage for a few numbers, the signal-caller said …
… Well, he didn’t say, “No.”
“I don’t know,” the Hawkeyes quarterback had replied with a slight grin.
“He’s throwing it out there. But I don’t really know yet.”
The aforementioned concert, the first show of its kind staged at Kinnick, is full of Iowa connections — and Iowa roots. Dubbed “The Back Porch Revival,” it was put together by one of the most revered former Hawkeyes of all-time, tight end Dallas Clark. The ex-NFL standout is promoting the event to raise money for the Native Fund, a new nonprofit designed to help Iowa youth, Iowa military veterans and Iowans touched by natural disasters. Country star Blake Shelton is the headliner.
C.J.’s Hawkeyes, meanwhile, open their season a week later at that same field against Miami University on September 3.
“I’m really excited for him, excited to see him there,” Beathard — the Iowa one — told reporters. “It’s cool he gets to play at Kinnick a week before I do.”
Tucker Beathard signed with Big Machine Label Group and earlier this year released his debut single, “Rock On,” which peaked at No. 22 on Billboard’s country music charts. He co-wrote the song with his father, Casey — a renowned Nashville tunesmith whose C.V. includes hits for Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus and Eric Church — and Maria Cannon-Goodman.
“Last year, when he said that (this show) was a possibility, it was kind of like — it hadn’t really hit me,” the senior signal-caller said. “And now (that) it’s like a few weeks away, I’m like, ‘Man, this going to be awesome.’”
The Beathards aren’t just a football family; they’re a musical one as well. C.J. and Tucker grew up running around with the elites of the NFL, thanks to grandfather Bobby, a longtime league scout and executive; and the cream of Nashville’s vibrant music scene, thanks to their prolific pops.
C.J. — ho helped pilot the Hawkeyes last fall to their first Rose Bowl berth since 1991 — and Tucker even played in the same band, Fayd 49, as kids. The group featured C.J., the future Big Ten quarterback, on guitar and lead vocals and Tucker, the future country entertainer, back on the drums.
“I played guitar and sang,” C.J. recalled, smiling again. “I don’t sing anymore, though.”
Oh, we’ll see about that. We’ll see about that soon enough.
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