OFFSTAGE: Is There Anybody Brad Paisley Can’t Sing With?

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I tend to think of duets as sometimes great, sometimes mediocre. It just depends on what kind of talent you’re getting. But after watching Brad Paisley perform with so many singers at Sunday’s (April 7) ACM Fan Jam in Las Vegas, I can say that his collaborations are exceptional. Especially the live ones that are packed with such spontaneous excitement and genuine talent that that it would be impossible to not feel 100 percent entertained.

The Fan Jam event was a live remote going on at the Orleans Arena during the ACM Awards . And then afterwards, it turned into what Paisley called “officially the first stop of the Beat This Summer tour,” adding that he needed to make up for being off the road for four months.

One of the coolest duets of the night came early on, when John Mayer joined Paisley for his latest single “Beat This Summer.” Later, when he brought Dierks Bentley out onstage, Paisley explained that what country is better at than anyone else is making a party out of nothing. So the two sang together on Paisley’s new “Outstanding in Our Field.” A few songs later, Paisley just kind of quietly asked the fans packed into the sold-out arena, “Let’s rekindle the romance, shall we?” And Carrie Underwood walked onstage, looking thrilled to be there to sing a very powerful “Remind Me” with her pal. Afterwards, he just smiled and said, “You glad you stayed?” Even Sheryl Crow made an appearance at the after-hours show to breathe new life into Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer” with Paisley.

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