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Tucker Beathard, brother of Iowa's C.J., to perform around Big Ten

The thought has crossed Tucker Beathard's mind.

Beathard, a rising country music star, is excited to headline his first tour and perform shows in seven Big Ten cities during the upcoming football season. He also knows the Beathard name might trigger some grumbling among residents of those towns. Tucker's older brother, C.J. Beathard, quarterbacked Iowa to a 12-0 regular-season record and the Big Ten West Division title in 2015. Iowa is favored to repeat as the division champion, largely because C.J. is back.

"I’ve been thinking about that," Tucker said this week. "This is an awesome idea, but I’m like, 'Crap, this could go both ways.' Some places might despise me because of C.J."

It's just the latest confluence of music and football for a family that has tremendous history in both areas. C.J. and Tucker's grandfather is Bobby Beathard, the former general manager of the Washington Redskins, which won three Super Bowls on his watch. Their uncle Kurt Beathard is the offensive coordinator at Illinois State. Their father, Casey, is an award-winning country songwriter who has penned top 10 hits for Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Trace Adkins and Billy Ray Cyrus. When C.J., Tucker and their younger brother Clay were in grade school, they had a band -- C.J. was the lead singer -- that performed locally.

Although C.J. and Tucker have chosen their paths, they're still interested, obsessed even, with what the other is doing.

"[Music is] all he wants to talk about," Tucker said. "And vice versa, all I want to talk about is football. It’s a tug o' war."

In July, while C.J. was home in Nashville on a rare break, Tucker invited his brother to join him on the road, as he toured with country music superstar Dierks Bentley. C.J. attended tour stops in Chicago and Detroit. On the way home from Detroit, Tucker, still wired from the show, decided to prank his big brother.

"I started pouring soap and apples on him where he was sleeping," Tucker said. "We got in a big soap war and apple fight on the bus. It pissed off my tour manager the next morning."

Last Saturday, the Beathard brothers were part of history at Kinnick Stadium as Tucker performed in The Back Porch Revival, the first concert held at Iowa's stadium; it benefited The Native Fund, a charity started by former Iowa star Dallas Clark and actor Ashton Kutcher. About 50,000 were there to hear Tucker perform his single "Rock On," as well as a new song, "I'll Take On the World With You," which Tucker wrote about how he and his brothers always support one another.

"Before the last chorus, I called him out on stage," Tucker said. "They went crazy."

Tucker's Big Ten tour begins Oct. 13 in Champaign, Ill. He also appears in Lincoln, Neb.; Madison, Wis.; Lansing, Mich.; Bloomington, Ind.; and Columbus, Ohio. Tickets go on sale Friday.

The tour concludes back in Iowa City, where Tucker will perform Nov. 12, the same day Iowa hosts Michigan at Kinnick. It could be a huge day/night for the Beathard brothers.

And neither will have to worry about the crowd.