Brad Paisley Recalls Flying, Sleeping, and Stealing on Air Force One

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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Eric Church Keeps the Fans Guessing with Singles from “The Outsiders”

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church has scored two #1 hits off his latest album, The Outsiders, with “Talladega” and “Give Me Back My Hometown.” He also had two more adventurous singles from that album, “Cold One” and “The Outsiders.” While Eric is glad to have a big presence on the airwaves, he’s also excited to throw some musical curve balls to keep his fans guessing.

“That’s the fun part,” Eric tells Rolling Stone Country. “[Outsiders] is supposed to be a little bit crazy and now, coming off of that, I’m just not scared to go really anywhere. I feel like we can chase a bunch of different things and it’d be cool to see what happens.”

Eric plans to start work on his next studio album this summer. For now, he’s climbing the charts again with the sexy new single, “Like a Wrecking Ball.” It’s the fifth track released from The Outsiders.

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Additional Tickets for the 50th Annual ACM Awards Going on Sale Wednesday Morning

Image Courtesy ACMA few more tickets for the 50th Annual ACM Awards are going on sale Wednesday morning at The limited-view seats offer a chance to see some of the behind-the-scenes action, as stars like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and more perform on the big show.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as hosts for the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing live on CBS from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum Performing at March Madness Music Festival

Image Courtesy Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big MachineZac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Kacey Musgraves have signed on to perform at the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival next month in Indianapolis. The performances take place Sunday, April 5 at White River State Park.  Footage from the concerts will be live streamed at

Pop acts Rihanna and Bleachers will perform at the festival April 4. The concerts are being staged in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

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Rascal Flatts Provides Soundtrack for Bristol Palin’s Vegas Engagement

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts helped Sarah Palin‘s daughter, Bristol, celebrate a really big milestone over the weekend. The group dedicated their performance of “Bless the Broken Road” to Bristol and her war-hero boyfriend, Sergeant Dakota Meyer, during their show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Dakota then asked Bristol to marry him, and she said yes.

Bristol posted a video of Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox dedicating the song to them.

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBefore he launched his solo career, Chase Rice was a co-writer on which one of Florida Georgia Line‘s #1 hits? ANSWER:  “Cruise.”

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Florida Georgia Line Knows They’re Lucky to Steer Clear of Onstage Injuries

Image Courtesy BBMA/ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley never stand still during their energetic live shows, so it’s impressive they haven’t taken any major spills, or even fallen off the stage, like some of their fellow country stars.

Tyler says, “We’ve both left bleeding a couple times, really definitely sweatin’. We’ve had a couple falls. Nothing too major. No ambulance, no stretcher.”

While they’re cautious about safety onstage, FGL likes leaving room of spontaneity in their live shows.

“As much as we’re runnin’ around the stage, you never know what’s gonna happen,” Tyler adds. “But, for the most part, man we’ve been super lucky.”

Florida Georgia Line just finished a run of shows in Europe. They headline the Houston Rodeo Wednesday night.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMickey Guyton performs on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday.

Hunter Hayes has been announced as the first featured Artist of the Day for the CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X exhibition coming up June 11 through 14 in Nashville. More featured artists will be announced soon.

Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler will soon begin recording a country album, according to Billboard. They say he’s signing a deal with Big Machine Records in Nashville, which is the label home of Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.

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Eric Church Throws Innuendo Out the Window with “Like a Wrecking Ball”

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleLately, a lot of guys in country music have been singing about the bonfires and whiskey drinks that go into flirting with a girl, but few of them have actually addressed the goal of all that flirting — sex. Eric Church is addressing that topic head-on with his new single, “Like a Wrecking Ball.”

He says, “It’s about not being home to see your wife or girl for a long time, and thinking about that, preparing for that, executing that. It has nothing to do with anything else.”

Eric maintains he’s always made music geared towards adults, so he doesn’t see a problem with singing directly about making love.

“I hate innuendo,” Eric explains. “I don’t like where people get cute. I’m not 12. I don’t need people to disguise what we’re talking about. I think we can get so cute with stuff like that. Al Green didn’t get cute. Conway Twitty didn’t get cute.”

“Like a Wrecking Ball” is the latest single from Eric’s platinum-selling album, The Outsiders.

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Miranda Lambert Opens Up About the Pros and Cons of Performing on Big Awards Shows

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has performed on big shows like the Grammy Awards and the ACM Awards many times in the past, but she remains thankful anytime she gets a slot on those big TV broadcasts.

She tells The Birmingham News, “I worked very hard to be there, and I want to enjoy every moment.”

Singing on television is a different animal from performing the same song during her concerts, though.

“There’s always an edit in the song, to fit the timeframe they have available [on the show],” Miranda explains. “On the road, I have all the freedom in the world, to do whatever I want with the song and the arrangement.”

While Miranda sometimes watches her TV performances to see what she can improve on, she admits, “I try not to see everything I’m on. I don’t think it’s healthy. You know, we judge ourselves.”

Miranda will perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing live Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. She’s the lead nominee with eight nods, including Entertainer of the Year and Album for the Year for Platinum.

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