OFFSTAGE: Surprise! You’re Opening for Brad Paisley

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

Imagine you are a musician. A country singer, maybe even a songwriter. And you’re toiling away at your craft when someone knocks on your door and says you are going to be opening a show for Brad Paisley. Huge, right? Perhaps better than the knock from the nice, rich people Publishers Clearing House. That must be why E! has unveiled this series, Opening Act , which starts this summer. The show will scour the internet for talent good enough to join Paisley’s tour (and the tours of Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and others). They will literally surprise these people at home, then whisk them away to Hollywood for some mentoring and boot camp and then, the show. I figure since Paisley has shows scheduled all the way through late summer and into the fall, this Opening Act act will perform at one of those shows. And I wouldn’t miss that for the world.

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