Brad Paisley Surprises U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

He Flies on Air Force One With President Obama

Brad Paisley traveled with President Obama to perform a surprise, one-hour concert for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan on Memorial Day (May 26).

Paisley took a photo with several of the soldiers and tweeted it with the message, “A hillbilly with heroes.” Onstage, he referred to the experience as “the honor of my life.”

The acoustic set took place at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for approximately 3,000 U.S. troops. Paisley flew with the president and his advisors on an overnight flight on Saturday.

Obama’s visit was unannounced until the plane reached Afghanistan. He delivered a speech to the troops, met with military commanders and visited wounded troops in the base hospital.

Upon his return, Paisley tweeted, “God bless America, home safe. Thanks for the lift BO. Our military is the best the world has ever seen. #memorialday”

Paisley will resume his Country Nation World Tour on Friday (May 30) in Maryland Heights, Mo., near St. Louis. He will serve as a judge in the singing competition series, Rising Star, this summer on ABC. His new album is scheduled to be released on Aug. 26.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.