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Darius Rucker at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards

From a 'naked lady contest' to empty bars, country stars told us about their weirdest gigs

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WATCH  | Sold-out shows and national TV performances are cool and all, but Circa had to ask Darius Rucker and other stars attending this month's Country Music Association Awards ceremony about the weirdest gig they'd ever played. The results ranged from humbling to hilarious.

Darius Rucker at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards
Darius Rucker attends the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 2, 2016. (Photo credit: Circa.)

Rucker said when he fronted Hootie and the Blowfish, they'd showed up at a bar whose entire audience was "two bartenders."

Gretchen Wilson recalled playing a gig in Canada, where there was "a hot tub onstage."

Scotty McCreery once played a McDonald's parking lot: "My pay was like, a McDouble and a fry."

Meghan Linsey told Circa she'd performed at a bass-fishing tourney "with no sound system."

Pam Tillis said she was upstaged by rodeo cows with "more production [value] than me."

And the guys in Parmalee had to follow an act they described as a "naked lady contest."

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