OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley, Keith Urban Reflect on Father’s Day

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Huck, Jasper, Sunday, Faith, Elijah, Gracie, Maggie, Audrey and Pearl all have so much to celebrate this Father’s Day on Sunday (June 16). Mostly, their country-lovin’ daddies. Hear what the dads of country music told CMT Radio about what their big day means to them this year.

Brad Paisley says his greatest gift is the mere fact he gets to raise his sons in the Nashville area.

“Because it’s a safe and wonderful place to live and a town that really has it all,” he said.

Keith Urban admits that one of the best perks of parenthood is also a simple one.

“The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad,” Urban said. “I’m like, ’Oh, my gosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.'”

Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild’s son Elijah is probably the best Father’s Day gift Westbrook will ever get.

“People can tell you all day long how great it’s going to be, but it still never touches it,” he said. “That little man looking back at me, it’s the most unbelievable feeling. And every day, for me who hates mornings, waking up to a slap in the face. He’s pounding on me, then he’s kissing on me. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

Tim McGraw says what his girls have given him over the years is a little bit more patience.

“I’ve never been a very patient person, so I think either I’m getting mellower with age or they’re teaching me patience,” he said. “It’s one or the other.”

And Jake Owen is most taken aback by how fast his infant daughter Pearl has changed everything for him.

“Things happen quickly in life, and here we are, two years later, and my wife and I have a little girl, and it’s pretty awesome,” he said.