Arista NashvilleMonday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! was the first of a week of shows in in Austin, Texas. One of Jimmy’s guests was Brad Paisley, who closed the show by performing “Crushin’ It,” from the hit album Moonshine in the Trunk.
Paisley also chatted with Kimmel and recalled what it was like to fly on Air Force One with President Obama last year, when the president asked Brad to travel to Afghanistan to entertain the troops.
“It’s absolutely amazing, but they didn’t really build it for a lot of people to sleep,” Brad recalled and added, “the seats recline, but they’re not as comfortable as you might think, so a lot of the people were like, ‘Just grab a piece of floor.’ So it’s like camp.”
“So if the president has to go to the bathroom, he has to step over you?” Kimmel asked, incredulously. “Well, he has his own thing,” Paisley explained.
The long flight did give Brad a chance to get some work done. “I had my laptop and we were working on a mix, and then realized I finished this [song] somewhere over the Black Sea, probably, on Air Force One.”
“So in a way, the president was a kind of your co-producer on this thing,” Kimmel joked before Brad cut him off. “He didn’t use those big ears to listen in, and see what was going on?” the comic asked.
“You would think, but no,” Paisley laughed.
Being on the presidential plane also apparently brought out a sticky-fingered streak in Brad, however. The singer recalled that his home bar is stocked with Air Force One-branded bric-a-brac. “I took a lot of beer and whiskey glasses from Air Force One, with the logos, just stole them right off the — ”
“You stole them, from the plane, from the American people!” Kimmel interjected, feigning shock.
“I actually…” Paisley hesitated, before changing his tune. “I didn’t actually steal them, but it makes for a better story.”
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