NASHVILLE NEWS: Country stars and the Greek Life in college!

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There aren't too many former frat boys and sorority girls amongst country music's big names, but the few there are ... well, they're most definitely proud. Tim McGraw has been spotted wearing his fraternity's letters onstage, while Kenny Chesney often sings about the fun he had (and trouble he got into) in his college days.

Some of these stars graduated college with honors before diving into music, while some of them skipped out early to start their careers, but all of those who have "gone Greek" have proved that it's for life. Flip through the photo gallery below to find out which of your favorite artists have thousands of (Greek) brothers and sisters all over the world.


Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood graduated with a degree in mass communication (with an emphasis in journalism) from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She speaks fondly of her time as a Sigma Sigma Sigma, saying, "We always had a float in the parades, and we always went to the football and basketball games together, and that made college more bearable."


Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell was a Sigma Chi at Georgia Southern University, where he studied marketing. He's isn't the only country star who pledged Sigma Chi, either -- heck, he's not even the only one who's a brother in GSU's Eta Zeta chapter!


Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw was a Pi Kappa Alpha at Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe), where he studied law and was on a baseball scholarship. He eventually dropped out and pursued music, but not before having a little bit of fun: "I got into school, picked up a guitar, joined a fraternity and started sucking down kegs," he told Esquire in 2006.


Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney is a proud Lambda Chi Alpha. He attended Eastern Tennessee State, where he majored in advertising (and minored in good times). Chesney references his frat directly in his song "Keg in the Closet," singing: "This ol' guitar taught me how to score / Right there on that Lambda Chi porch."


Dierks Bentley

This Arizona native attended the University of Vermont, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Bentley only spent a year in Vermont, though, opting to transfer to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, then ended up sticking around town for ... obvious reasons.


Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow has a number of Greek ties: Along with her time as a Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Missouri, she also was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota (a music fraternity for women) AND was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honors society.


Luke Bryan

Like Swindell, Luke Bryan was also a Sigma Chi at Georgia Southern University. Greek life treated Bryan well, too: The singer met his wife, Caroline, while she was a member of of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.


Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson doesn't exactly scream "frat boy," but the "On the Road Again" singer was indeed a Tau Kappa Epsilon at Baylor University, where he took classes for two years before dropping out. Clearly, everything worked out!


Zac Brown

Zac Brown started playing gigs in college. He attended the University of West Georgia, where he was a brother in the Kappa Alpha Order.


Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett owes at least some of his success to Greek life: The Tau Phi member first started playing gigs at Lipscomb University frat parties.

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