OFFSTAGE: Are Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood the New Captain & Tennille?

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Brad Paisley is positively raving about his CMA Awards co-hosting relationship with Carrie Underwood. He says all the nicest things, like how she puts up with his lame attempts at humor (his words, not mine) and how hearing her interpret a lyric is breathtaking. Then he jokes about how great it is that Underwood and husband Mike Fisher met on eHarmony. But at the end of this story in the recent issue of People Country, Paisley sums up their perfect yin-yangness with this: “She’s the Sonny to my Cher. She’s the Tennille to my Captain. She’s the Bert to my Ernie — in a strictly platonic way. She’s the Barbie to my Ken. She’s my gal.”

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