Also featuring country stars like Brett Young, Jon Pardi, Dustin Lynch and more, the show will center on crazy, insane (or embarrassing) stories that happen while artists are on tour — many of which have never been told in public before. Along with Wicks, each singer will be transformed into an animated character to relive their greatest stories in a laugh-filled, 30-minute show, airing only on the Circle Network.
“Circle is excited to develop an innovative talk show that takes our viewers on a fun journey with famed Country Artists,” says Evan Haiman, SVP of Content. “The animation takes these behind-the-scenes stories to a new level. And best of all, our host Chuck Wicks and his friends tell the wackiest stories that will have our viewers in stitches!”
“I’ve been friends with these artists for a long time, and I’ve never heard these stories before from them. I believe that’s what makes this show so unique and special. The minute the artists find out they will be animated, it’s like an entire protective wall that they normally would have for themselves in an interview setting goes down for what really happened,” says Wicks. “And they share it all on Road Stories which all comes to life for the viewer through animation. This was fun for everyone to do!”
“We are thrilled to have Chuck Wicks on board as Host and Producer of Road Stories,” adds Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Stephen Stormer. “As Circle’s first animated show, Road Stories will feature some of country music’s biggest names — like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean — in a way that they’ve never been seen before. It was a small but determined team that came together to make this animated dream come to fruition.”
The Circle Network is the award-winning country music and lifestyle network and official TV home of the Grand Ole Opry. Road Stories is set to premiere Friday (September 10) at 10 p.m. ET. Here’s a sneak-peek rundown of the show’s upcoming season:
- September 10 (Jason Aldean): Host Chuck Wicks sits down with Jason Aldean as they discuss his longtime love of the band Alabama, a bar fight that got a little hairy, and what happens when you don’t know the lyrics to “Purple Rain.”
- September 17 (Brett Young): Wicks sits down with Brett Young to discuss how he used Boyz II Men to get dates as a teenager, meeting Boyz II Men, and the importance of knowing where you are on stage. Plus, Chuck has his own Road Story about the craziest thing he ever had to sign.
- September 24 (Brantley Gilbert): Brantley Gilbert chats about the magic of Patrick Swayze’s RoadHouse, the brawl for the ages, stowaways, and how to properly execute a car hood slide.
- October 1 (Mitchell Tenpenny): Mitchell Tenpenny discusses his near-death experience with a serial killer, his guitarist being too friendly at a biker bar, and his death metal past.
- October 8 (Luke Bryan): Luke Bryan discusses life on the road, cycling fashion, how one toddler can take out an entire concert, and why little stars shouldn’t be on big boats.
- October 15 (Terri Clark): Terri Clark discusses “what could have been” during a magical night at Tootsie’s, cross breeding animals and the never ending prank wars with Brad Paisley.
- October 22 (Dustin Lynch): Dustin Lynch discusses losing his keyboardist while performing on stage, leaving a friend behind at a truck stop on tour and finally being able to prank Brad Paisley.
- October 29 (Big Kenny): Big Kenny discusses the early years in his career when he experienced all the extremes Las Vegas has to offer, a huge hit that finally pays off and the family nut farm.
- November 5 (Jon Pardi): Jon Pardi and Wicks figure out the true meaning of a sausage party and why you should always be cautious of what a reporter will print.
- November 12 (Best of): Wicks sits down with some of the biggest names in country music to hear stories about bar fights, camping gone wrong, cross-breeding animal farms, stow-aways on the bus, and much, much more.