Country at the White House

Brad Paisley, Charley Pride and Alison Krauss & Union Station performed in the East Room at the White House on July 21 as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House Music Series.

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“I know folks think I’m a city boy, but I do appreciate listening to country music,” President Obama said, introducing the hourlong concert. “It’s about folks telling their life story the best way they know how.” Among the songs Brad performed was his new single, “Welcome to the Future,” which he said was inspired by November’s presidential election. “The dream of a songwriter is to write some account of a current event like that, and then deliver it for the person that’s responsible for the current event,” Brad noted. The stars also took part in an educational workshop with 120 middle and high school students from across the country.

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