OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley Is Afraid You Won’t Show Up

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

Even with 13 years of No. 1 hits, Brad Paisley still has his insecurities, including the possibility that no one will come to his shows. He recently admitted his fear to E! News. “I still get fearful that they’re not there,” Paisley said. “I still think to myself, ‘Why did they do this? Why did they drive here, and why did they do this?’ That doesn’t go away.” Maybe it stems from the early days of Paisley’s career, when he was opening for Brooks & Dunn in 2003 and was probably playing for a few empty seats. “I think there’s a little bit of insecurity in anybody willing to stand on a stage,” he said. “Nobody’s that confident. If you are, then you haven’t experienced shows where you’ve had more crew members than attendants, which I used to.” But as the interview with E! goes on, you can actually hear the crowd starting to build in the background. “Anytime you can hear them from backstage, that’s good,” he said. His tour still has 23 stops left, so if there’s one near you, build up his confidence and go.

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