Monthly Archives: April 2011

Brad Paisley among stars to help mark anniversary of Music City Flood at the Opry

Grand Ole Opry to Mark Anniversary of Music City Flood With Star-Packed May 3 Show – Play On, Nashville!

Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels Band Among Those to Appear

Purchase tickets online for Tuesday, May 3!

You can’t keep a good show (or city, for that matter,) down. The Grand Ole Opry will mark the first anniversary of the flood that devastated much of Nashville and temporarily displaced the Opry from the Grand Ole Opry House with a star-packed show celebrating Music City’s heart and resilience. The show, Play On, Nashville!, is set for Tues., May 3 at the Opry House. Among those scheduled to perform are CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels Band, and more.

The Grand Ole Opry House was Nashville’s most famous icon affected by the May 2010 flood.  Four feet of water engulfed country music’s most famous stage, and the show temporarily moved to several other Nashville venues throughout the summer before returning to the Opry House following an around-the-clock six-month recovery and restoration.

Nashville charitable organizations including Hands On Nashville, the American Red Cross, and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will provide promotion codes to their supporters such that $10 from every ticket purchased using the codes will be returned to the charity. Additionally, proceeds from Play On, Nashville! commemorative prints available exclusively at the Opry House that night will go to Hands On Nashville, the volunteer resource center responsible for connecting over 125,000 volunteers to flood-related projects.

“The May 2010 flood devastated homes, businesses, and lives, but it also showcased the unsinkable spirit of our city and its citizens in ways we are still learning about a year later,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “We want to celebrate that the Opry’s hometown is stronger than ever the best way we know how— with a one-of-a-kind night of great music.”

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the flood,” said Opry member Dierks Bentley. “The city of Nashville, the Opry, and the country music community were so resilient and came together to rebuild so quickly after the devastation.  I’ve never been more proud to be an Opry member, and I’m looking forward to celebrating that sense of community again on Tuesday.”

Nashvillians can be a part of the night by submitting photos of their flood relief efforts to be shown in the Opry’s signature barn backdrop during the show. The photos, which will also be used in the commemorative print from the night, should be submitted to no later than Thurs., April 28.


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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Current BP News



Brad Paisley’s ‘Country Music’ Comes a Day Early

Fans have one less day to wait for some great ‘Country Music.’

Brad Paisley has pushed the release date of his ninth studio album, ‘This Is Country Music,’ to May 23 — one day before its previously scheduled in-store date. That’s likely due to the runaway success of the project’s second single, ‘Old Alabama,’ featuring the legendary group, Alabama, who reunited for the song. The song is already in the Top 10 on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck charts after just seven weeks, and follows the similarly successful title track, which peaked at No. 2.

In addition to Alabama, special guests on the 15-song collection include Carrie Underwood (‘Remind Me’), Don Henley (‘Love Her Like She’s Leavin”) and Blake Shelton (‘Don’t Drink the Water’), as well as Sheryl Crow, Marty Stuart and Carl Jackson collaborating on ‘Life’s Railway to Heaven.’ And, of course, there’s the inspiration behind the song, ‘Eastwood,’ who lends a different kind of voice to the album.

“It’s an epic movie soundtrack-sounding Western,” Brad tells The Boot of ‘Eastwood.’ “I’ve become friends with Clint Eastwood and his wife, Dina. So I emailed Dina and said, ‘Does he whistle?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, you want him to whistle on something?’ I said, ‘I have a thing that sounds like an Ennio Morricone, the guy that did all the spaghetti western music like ‘The Good, Bad and the Ugly,’ and of course it has to have [he whistles] all that kind of stuff. I asked, ‘Can he do that?’ She wrote back and said, ‘He’d love to.’

“He whistled to the track, and there he is,” Brad continues. “It’s just little things like that that keep me going. The fun of thinking, ‘If you’re gonna have a Western, have the coolest cowboy of all time whistle on the thing.'”

‘This Is Country Music’ is Brad’s first all-new studio album since 2009’s ‘American Saturday Night,’ which was followed in fall of 2010 by the ‘Hits Alive’ double-disc.

‘This Is Country Music’ Track List:

1. ‘This Is Country Music’
2. ‘Old Alabama’ (featuring Alabama)
3. ‘A Man Don’t Have to Die’
4. ‘Camouflage’
5. ‘Remind Me’ (Featuring Carrie Underwood)
6. ‘Working on a Tan’
7. ‘Love Her Like She’s Leavin” (Featuring Don Henley)
8. ‘One of Those Lives’
9. ‘Toothbrush’
10. ‘Be the Lake’
11. ‘Eastwood’ (Featuring Clint Eastwood)
12. ‘New Favorite Memory’
13. ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ (Featuring Blake Shelton)
14. ‘I Do Now’
15. ‘Life’s Railway to Heaven’ (Featuring Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow and Carl Jackson)


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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Current BP News



PHOTO: Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood in studio

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Current BP News


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Brad Paisley Had A Mission When Making ‘This Is Country Music’

Brad Paisley is set to release a brand new studio album, This Is Country Music, on May 24th. The highly anticipated album features special guests such as Alabama, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Sheryl Crow. Paisley says the album’s title track acted as a “mission statement” for the album.

“I was thinking what would you have on an album called ‘This Is Country Music’ and I conscientiously wanted certain things,” he tells reporters. “I was wanting some really dark material, some stuff that dealt with real life, a cheatin’ song like we have toward the end as well as the upbeat things.

“Like a song called “Working On A Tan’ which is about summer and is sort of a surf tune, but I thought ‘well you know country music sort of owns the beaches at this point and it’s become the format of summertime.”

It sounds like This Is Country Music covers all the bases, which is exactly what Paisley set out to do.

“It’s kind of my way of doing an influences album without covering material,” Paisley says. “Sort of trying to write it new with old things in mind.”

Fans can pre-order the album on iTunes HERE.


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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Current BP News



Jerrod Niemann Gets Schooled by Brad Paisley

Taking a few notes while opening for Brad Paisley on his H2O Frozen Over tour earlier this year, Jerrod Niemann, who returns to the bill for the H20 II: Wetter & Wilder World tour this summer, learned why the headliner is so popular with fans.

“When I was first asked to be a part of that, which was such a huge honor, I thought I needed to learn because, obviously, Brad is so great. He’s the reigning Entertainer of the Year,” Jerrod tells The Boot. “So, I thought, ‘What makes someone an Entertainer of the Year when you’re on tour with them?’ Brad is a class act. I just realized that every single second of his show is dedicated to something to entertain the audience, whether it’s the animations in the back or his great guitar ability, great vocals or songwriting, just a great entertainer. So, that was amazing to watch, and then just to be a part of a tour, that kind of exposure, was amazing.”

The tour, which includes five stadium shows and a set of dates overseas in England, Ireland, Denmark and Oslo, Norway, will also feature Blake Shelton, as well as Darius Rucker, who opened for Brad on the original H2O trek, on select dates.

“We had Darius the first round, and of course, Blake will be out. I know Blake, but I didn’t know Darius,” says the singer-songwriter. “It was great to get a chance to meet him, and he’s just such an amazing guy. Blake [heavy sigh], I’ll be interested to see the element that Blake adds to the tour. It will be wilder.”

While Jerrod didn’t get caught in the crossfire of practical jokes for which Brad is famous, he did audit the whole process for his own peace of mind.

“Probably for just self-defense reasons, I watched [Brad] and Darius go at it with their pranks, so at least I got to see how it goes down,” the Kansas native divulges. “The unfortunate thing about all that is it doesn’t matter how good your prank is, it’s all about manpower and Brad has about 70 or 80 people out there, and I have about 10. Not very good odds. [laughs] But I learned how it goes down, and who to keep an eye on. So, I think I’ll just prank him the first night. I asked for it. I said, ‘Don’t prank me unless it’s the best. Don’t bring none of this Limburger cheese on stage. I want to lose a limb. [laughs] I want some danger.”

The second round of the H2O tour will bring back the Water World Plaza, which will also feature supporting acts Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge and Brent Anderson. The trek will kick off in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 28.


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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Current BP News



This Is Country Music Track Listing

This is the track listing for ‘This Is Country Music’ according to iTunes…

1. This Is Country Music

2. Old Alabama (feat. Alabama)

3. A Man Don’t Have To Die

4. Camouflage

5. Remind Me (with Carrie Underwood)

6. Working On A Tan

7. Love Her Like She’s Leavin’ (feat. Don Henley)

8. One Of  Those Lives

9. Toothbrush

10. Be The Lake

11. Eastwood (feat. Clint Eastwood)

12. New Favorite Memory

13. Don’t Drink The Water (feat. Blake Shelton)

14. I Do Now

15. Life’s Railway To Heaven (feat. Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow and Carl Jackson)

Released May 24th

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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Current BP News



Sunny Sweeney ‘Blown Away’ by Brad Paisley Tour Invite, Ready for Catering

Sunny Sweeney

In May, Brad Paisley will launch his H2O II Tour, this time bringing along special guests Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Jerrod Niemann, Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge and Brett Anderson. When Sweeney received the call about joining Paisley on the road through the summer, she was taken aback some, certain there was some sort of mixup.

“I thought there had to be another Sunny Sweeney that they meant to be talking to!” Sweeney tells Taste of Country with laughter. “I was like, ‘Do … what?’ I mean, seriously! I go, ‘Huh?’ I honestly could not believe it because that’s a pretty big step. I haven’t even gotten to my seven-year anniversary of my first show, and now I’m going to be on tour with Brad Paisley? It’s crazy. I’m completely flattered and blown away.”

Sweeney still has several weeks of radio touring to knock out before packing up her bags for the Paisley tour, but when that day comes, she will be ready!

“I think that it’s going to be the most amazing time,” Sweeney says, beaming. “All these people that I know who have toured with Brad before are like, ‘You are going to freakin’ love it. It’s going to be the best time of your life. He’s so sweet to everybody!’ And … I’ve heard the catering is amazing, too, so I’m excited about that because clearly I like food! I don’t know if you can tell, but I definitely love it [laughs]! My butt can tell!”

The H2O II tour kicks off on May 28 in Pittsburgh, Pa. For a complete list of dates, click here.


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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Current BP News