OFFSTAGE: Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson Flash a “Fake I.D.”

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If you’ve ever had a fake I.D., then you can probably identify with the 1984 movie, Footloose. And if you remember that original version, then you are going love the remake because Big & Rich‘s new song, “Fake I.D.,” has a starring role. They performed it on the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night (June 8), along with their pal Gretchen Wilson. It was so good to see them back up on that stage together after kind of doing their own things for a few years. They started the song at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, then somehow magically appeared onstage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena across the street. The gist of the song is “Hey mister, won’t you sell me a fake I.D.” But don’t think that John Rich, Big Kenny and Wilson are encouraging underage drinking. This time, it’s all about just getting into bars to hear the bands they’ve been dying to see. The song is at country radio, but you have to wait until October to see the movie, which stars Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell. Maybe Kevin Bacon, who starred in the original, will make a cameo in this remake. A girl can dream.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.