OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley Gets Christmasy With Colbie Caillat

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I haven’t even unpacked my Halloween decorations yet, much less thought about Christmas. But Brad Paisley and Colbie Caillat are one step (OK, maybe two or three steps) ahead of me. She has a new Christmas album out Tuesday (Oct. 23), and Paisley joins her on the “Merry Christmas Baby” track. “We did it in the style of Bruce Springsteen, where it has a little blues-rock-country vibe to it,” she says of the track. She never met Paisley during the recording process, but loves how it all turned out. “His voice was beautiful, and his guitar-playing licks are just incredible. This song has a country feel, for sure.” Caillat will be doing some holiday season shows to promote the whole Christmas in the Sand album, so watch her site for details.

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