OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood: From Coldplay to Brad Paisley

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Carrie Underwood seems like she’s all about the music, even if it isn’t country music. So that explains why she was at a Coldplay concert earlier this week. “Just caught the @Coldplay concert in Boston tonight! Truly amazing! Great band, great production, great crowd! #inspired,” she wrote. I love that she’s getting inspired for her own upcoming tour by looking outside the country genre and seeing what rock stars are doing. (Remember when Sugarland borrowed the concert bubble ball idea from the Flaming Lips?) But it doesn’t mean at all that Underwood is straying from her roots. In fact, two days after her Coldplay show, she was with Brad Paisley for a photo shoot and the announcement that they have signed up to host the CMA Awards for the fifth year in a row. She tweeted, “Hanging out with @bradpaisley today. Just caught him in my makeup chair. #suchadiva,” and “Ask @bradpaisley why he just lost $100 to me!” She also posted a couple of photos of the two of them, all dressed up but with Paisley in a balloon hat. Hopefully that won’t give her any inspiration for her tour.

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