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Alabama Says Brad’s Staying Humble

His hands shook when "Old Alabama" came out.

photo by Donn Jones/CMA

Before closing the first night of CMA Music Festival stadium shows, Brad Paisley joked that he’s thoroughly enjoying his tenure as CMA Entertainer of the Year.

“We’ve actually started writing a song that’s sort of like ‘Hail to the Chief,' ‘Here Comes the Entertainer of the Year.’ And I’ve put posters of myself up around the house,” he told reporters.

But the guys in Alabama said earlier that they know the real Brad, a guy with humility and respect for his musical predecessors.

Lead singer Randy Owen said he met Brad in a shopping mall parking lot outside Nashville when Brad first played him the song “Old Alabama.”

“His hands were shaking when he turned up the radio,” Randy said. “I liked that. I like the humbleness.”

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