Paisley Rings in New Year With Buck

Brad Paisley decided to usher in 2001 by sitting in with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. To show his appreciation, Owens surprised Paisley onstage with a signature red, white and blue Fender Telecaster. Although Owens is known for handing out red, white and blue acoustic guitars to artists he admires, it was the first time he had given out an electric guitar, according to an Arista Records press release. Paisley told he is in the middle of mixing his second album, due for release in the spring. He will play the Grand Ole Opry this weekend when it returns to its former home, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, for a two-month engagement. Paisley will be inducted as the newest member of the Opry on Feb. 17.