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Brad Paisley Revels in Summertime Hit

Brad and writers celebrate “Beat This Summer.”

(From left) Luke Laird, Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois
photos by Kendra Gene Motycka

Brad Paisley chalked up another No. 1 hit with his fun-loving anthem “Beat This Summer,” and Brad celebrated the single’s success at an industry party at the CMA building in Nashville, Tuesday (April 20).

Brad and his co-writers, Chris DuBois and Luke Laird, picked up honors and plaques from the Country Music Association and other organizations during the combination lunch/party. For a special treat and nod to a line in the song, Luke's wife, Beth—who runs his publishing company—got everyone on the creative team a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

Before the celebration got underway, Brad spoke with reporters about the song, noting its personal and universal appeal. “So much of your experience with fans in our format is summer, at least for me,” Brad explained. “Ever since 1999, I have associated summer with standing out there and playing in amphitheaters and outdoor settings. It’s fun to be able to have a song like this, because [summer] is the most magical time of the year for a kid.”

Brad added that he’s looking forward to co-hosting the annual Country Music Association Awards show again this year with Carrie Underwood. For Brad, there’s no better hosting partner than Carrie. “It feels great with the two of us,” Brad said. “We work so well together and we have figured out who each other is. I couldn’t see hosting the show with someone else.”

“Beat This Summer” appears on Brad's latest album, Wheelhouse, which was the first one he’s produced on his own. “I didn’t know where this album was going to go, where these songs were going to go,” he noted at the ceremony. “It was one big experiment after another.”

Look for more on Brad in the Sept. 2 issue of Country Weekly, on sale Aug. 26.

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