Jacob Davis Trades Oil Rig Life for Music

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With an environmental science degree from Louisiana State University, rising musician Jacob Davis, a CMT Listen Up artist for 2017, scored a lucrative job on an oil rig right out of college.

But rig life was not for the Shreveport native, and his boss knew it when Davis walked into his office to give his notice on the one-year anniversary of his start date. At the time, Davis believed his real future was in country music.

“I was driving to an oil rig every morning and I was like, ’What am I doing?’ I’d listen to the radio and I wasn’t full of regret, but I just knew that I had made a mistake and that I should have gone to Nashville,” Davis said during our CMT.com interview. “I walked in my boss’ office, and it felt like someone put their hand on my back and pushed me in there, and I said, ’I’ve got to go to Nashville.’ He just said, ’Yeah, I know it.’ It gives me chills now thinking about it.”

His boss then told Davis that he should treat his new country career like it was a 50-hour week gig.

“I learned my work ethic seeing guys working on a rig,” Davis added. “I mean, it’s hard to call writing songs and playing them real work.”

In May 2016, four years after moving to Nashville to pursue music, Davis signed his first record deal with Black River Entertainment, the label home of Kelsea Ballerini, Craig Morgan, John King and others.

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