OFFSTAGE: Did Eminem Inspire Brad Paisley?

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The power of a female voice. Brad Paisley knows all about it now that he has a song — “Remind Me” — that so beautifully showcases the potent pipes of Carrie Underwood. (Although it’s not the first time he’s hooked up with a female singer. He’d done so before with his “Whiskey Lullaby” duet seven years ago with Alison Krauss.) But in a recent radio interview, Paisley said he was influenced this time by other genres. “People like Eminem, Kanye, Jay-Z and people will do stuff that incorporate a female singing some lyrics, where they sing this part that’s sort of from the woman’s perspective,” Paisley said. “And I thought that’s an untapped thing that we need to try a little more of in this format, I think, which is an actual duet written to be that, that doesn’t work any other way.” I don’t care where Paisley got the idea. I’m just happy he got it, because this song is one of his best ever.

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