Brad Paisley Plots ‘Fun’ Fourth Of July In Nashville
Brad Paisley will play at Nashville’s “Let Freedom Sing! Music City” tomorrow night (7/4) in a free concert. The War And Treaty, Ben Rector, Tiera Kennedy, and singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim will join Brad on the bill. Parts of the concert will air live on CNN.
Paisley, the only artist to headline Nashville’s Fourth of July show twice, says this year will be slightly different than in 2021, when the world seemed to open back up at the end of the global pandemic.
Brad told us, “I don’t know if it’ll mean more than that first time because that was the reopening, that was the like the ‘welcome back’ moment. So, that was a really ridiculous feeling to walk out there and see people as far as you can see on Broadway, and nobody had a mask on, and for the first time, everything felt like, wow, I’ve missed this so much.”
He added, “This year it should be just as fun, but at the same time a little more business as usual for all of us, which is that street is packed every night, as you know, and I just hope to not take away from the party they’re already having. (laughs) on Broadway.”
The event is partnering with The Store, a free referral-based grocery store founded by Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams Paisley. One dollar from the sale of each event T-shirt will benefit The Store.
Paisley told us in an interview recently that in 2021 when he performed for the Fourth of July event in Nashville, the fireworks were insane. He said, “It’s worth sitting through my show for the fireworks they do. I mean, I think it was the most ever done, and it was like they were proud of the fact they had like four or five more rockets than New York or D.C.”
He added, “I don’t know what redneck thing they were trying to win here with the fireworks, but we won it. It’s like that place near Chattanooga, the huge firework place; they went down there and bought them out.”
Brad is always excited to play at such a fun event, even without getting paid. He said, “It is gonna be wild; Fourth of July is a tricky thing. We learned early on, like don’t try to sell tickets on the Fourth of July, nobody wants to pay to go to a concert, so it’s really fun to give back and just let this be free and play the town I live in.”