Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann Prep AquaPalooza

The Fourth of July might be history, but people who live in Texas have a second straight major weekend ahead of them as Brad Paisley readies AquaPalooza on Lake Travis in Austin. The free event, now in its fifth year, offers a concert on the water with boaters anchored in the middle of the lake while Brad performs from a stadium-sized stage. Sponsored by Sea Ray, the signature AquaPalooza concert is actually one of more than 100 AquaPalooza programs held annually around the country. The signature event, which featured Alan Jackson last year and twice has been headlined by Taylor Swift, moves to a different lake each summer. This year, it was perfect for Brad, who’s currently at No. 1 with his single “Water” and in the midst of his H2O World Tour. Read More

Trace Adkins, Sandra Bullock: Surprises at Nashville Rising

From the minute Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced plans for their multi-artist flood-relief concert Nashville Rising, the event looked like the kind of evening ripe for surprises. And it was. Even after Brooks & Dunn were forced to cancel because of Ronnie Dunn’s throat problems, a few unannounced stars made their way Tuesday to Music City’s Bridgestone Arena, one of numerous downtown facilities that took in water during the early-May flood. Trace Adkins popped on stage to join Blake Shelton on “Hillbilly Bone,” according to USA Today. And Sandra Bullock — who worked with Tim on the movie The Blind Side — took the spotlight and comically picked out the opening chords from Deep Purple’s classic-rock standard “Smoke On The Water.” Then she got serious. Read More

Brad Paisley Underwater Surfaces On GAC

By now, it’s a safe bet that nearly every country music fan across the globe knows how the May floods in Nashville closed the Grand Ole Opry House and destroyed scads of instruments owned by the likes of Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. And it’s a safe bet that most fans know the city’s music community rebounded quickly, raising money through a series of benefits and helping each other away from the stage. One artist’s struggle to recover in time for a looming tour gets highlighted in Brad Paisley Underwater, premiering at 10 p.m. ET Monday on GAC. The special’s debut comes exactly one month after Brad launched his H2O World Tour in Virginia Beach. It follows Brad through the tragedy of finding his guitars and much of his tour equipment drowned in four feet of water — and through his crew’s amazing rebuild as all of Brad’s staging was replaced in little more than two weeks. Read More