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Brad Paisley Brings Country Nation Tour to Taste of Country Music Festival [Pictures]

Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

Brad Paisley closed the Taste of Country Music Festival on Saturday night (June 14). A familiar song finished his nearly two-hour long set, but there was little ordinary about his show.

Fans were left buzzing about Carrie Underwood‘s unexpected “appearance.” Paisley has employed hologram technology to recreate the blonde beauty for ‘Remind Me.’ The only tell was Mrs. Fisher was noticeably underdressed for this chilly night. Earlier her gave an acoustic version of several hits from his deep catalogue of albums. The most poignant moment came when George Jones‘ image flashed on the screen to end ‘This Is Country Music.’

Beginning with the title-track on his new ‘Moonshine in the Trunk’ album, Paisley ripped through well-known tracks like ‘Online,’ ‘Ticks,’ ‘Mud on the Tires’ and ‘American Saturday Night.’ With Captain America flying over his shoulder during this patriotic anthem from 2009, he showed he was as committed to what fans saw as he was what they heard. There was no shortage of guitar shredding, but he’s not your typical guitar hero. Midway through the set he said he just wanted to make sure fans got their money worth at Hunter Mountain.

A duel with DeeJay Silver has become one of the highlights of the Country Nation Tour, and the mix specialist made an appearance toward the end of the set. That led into Paisley doing his best Eddie Van Halen impression on ‘Hot for Teacher.’ The final song has been a staple in the singer’s encore for years. After ‘Alcohol,’ the 20,000 or so screaming country fans were treated to a fireworks show as they made their way to cars or campsites.

Sunday night features headliner Hank Williams Jr. as well as openers like Thompson Square, Chase Rice and Thomas Rhett.

Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country
Brad Paisley
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

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