Every man is someone’s son. That much, we know. But when those sons become fathers? It’s too sweet for words. Especially in
country music, where we occasionally get a glimpse of both sides of those men. These are some of the little slices of fatherhood
I saw in the past year or so that made me feel like I was living inside a Hallmark card.
1. Watching the videos of
Dierks Bentley bring his pig-tailed daughter Evie, 3, up onto the Ryman
stage to help him sing “Thinking of You.”
2. Seeing countless pictures of Keith
Urban toting his baby girls Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret through airports, just like a regular dad.
Kip Moore tell me that it was the night he borrowed his dad’s old Chevy Silverado
for a date that inspired his debut hit song “Somethin’ ‘Bout
a Truck.” When he got home, he recalled, “I tossed the keys to my dad and said, ‘Damn, Pa, there’s somethin’ ’bout a truck.’”
Having Eric Church explain to me how automatically his life changed when
his son, Boone McCoy, was born. “Then all of the sudden, one day later, here’s this life,” he said.
5. Knowing how
much Chris Young looks up to his stepfather. He told me he’s the inspiration
behind so many of his love songs. “He is the total, ultimate man. The dude trumps me all the time. I can’t top some of the
stuff he’s done,” Young said.
6. Hearing Carrie Underwood
tell Oprah Winfrey that when the time is right to start a family, she knows her husband Mike Fisher will be the “best dad
7. Listening to Brad Paisley’s dad Doug tell me what a good
father Brad has become. (And tearing up, still, when I hear Brad’s son Huck sing “me” at the very end of “Anything Like Me.”)
Seeing Joe Nichols finally become a father to a healthy, happy baby girl
(Dylan River) after watching his wife suffer through five miscarriages.
Shelton sincerely thanking his fans for their prayers when his father died earlier this year.
10. Tearing up when
Dierks Bentley posted that moving photo of his hand intertwined with his dad’s hand. When he lost his father last month, that
picture captured the very heart of holding on and letting go.