Cindy Watts, Nashville Tennessean
Published 2:28 p.m. CT Nov. 1, 2019
Brad Paisley spent 11 years humorously co-hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. But this year, Paisley graduated to lead his own namesake television special on ABC.
“Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special” will air 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on the network. The country singer hosted and executive produced the variety show, which was taped at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium in September.
Specials guests include Hoot & the Blowfish, The Jonas Brothers, Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and more. The television special will also spotlight Paisley’s hit songs, trademark sense of humor, musical performances, sentimental moments and surprises.
The singer even brings Nashville into the mix by picking on the a predictable city mainstays — bachelorettes.
“I think for a while people pictured this town as a bunch of hillbillies driving around in pickup trucks,” he quipped. “We are so much more than that. Seriously, Nashville has become such a constant party that we are literally driving kegs around — pedal taverns. Or, as they are affectionately known in Nashville, bachelorette barf wagons.”
Paisley hopped aboard a pedal tavern with a group of ladies celebrating a friend’s pending nuptials to orchestrate some hilarity. When it was over, he surprised the bride and groom with a free honeymoon.
The country star and Grand Ole Opry member has had hits including “Mud on the Tires,” “Online,” “Alcohol,” “When I Get Where I’m Going” and most recently “My Miracle.” He wrote 21 of his 24 No. 1 hits, and his 2019 world tour just completed eight sold-out shows in Europe where he holds the sales record for a headlining country artist in all the venues he played on the tour.
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