The white cowboy hat bobbing through the crowd at Nucci’s Italian Ice and Gelato Monday afternoon (March 22) rested comfortably on the head of Brad Paisley.
The singer had come to this delicacy-dispensing emporium in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, Tenn., to celebrate the chart eminence at his last two singles, “Welcome to the Future” and “American Saturday Night,” the latter of which name-drops the aforesaid “Italian ice” in its chorus.
Naturally, the whole Brad Pack was there, those friends who have worked with Paisley virtually since he got his record deal in 1998, including producer Frank Rogers and songwriters Kelley Lovelace, Chris DuBois and Lee Thomas Miller.
The party took place the same day Chevy announced it will sponsor Paisley’s H2O World Tour.
Tim DuBois, the new vice president and managing executive of ASCAP’s Nashville operations, presided over the ceremonies and handed out awards to Paisley and Chris DuBois for writing “Welcome to the Future” and to Paisley, Lovelace and Ashley Gorley for penning “American Saturday Night.”
Tim DuBois also happens to be Chris DuBois’ father. “Every time he gets another No. 1,” the elder DuBois cracked, “he somehow talks me into maintaining his allowance.” (Further marking the event as a family matter is the fact that Tim DuBois originally signed Paisley to Arista Records.)
Gary Overton, Paisley’s longtime publisher, told the partygoers they had to see a Brad Paisley concert to appreciate fully the singer’s impact.
“It’s a rock show by a country star,” he proclaimed.View photos from the party.