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Tuesday (Oct. 19) marked the first time a (double) party was held on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to celebrate an artist's recent success. Brad Paisley was joined by country group Alabama and Carrie Underwood in celebration of “Old Alabama” (featuring Alabama) and “Remind Me” (featuring Carrie Underwood). Both songs reached No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
Brad and the members of Alabama—Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry—were honored for their work on “Old Alabama,” which includes a verse from Alabama's hit “Mountain Music,” which was written 30 years ago. Though it marked the group's first appearance on top of the charts since their 1993 hit, "Reckless," Alabama lead singer Randy Owen didn't pass up the opportunity to thank Brad for his help in hosting the concert in Alabama earlier this year to benefit victims of tornadoes that tore through the state. "He let us use his equipment, and he was very pivotal in helping us help the people of Alabama who needed our help so desperately," said Randy.
Brad gave much credit for these recent successes to Alabama and Carrie. "These songs were lifted to another level because of these artists. If I [sang] the bridge of [“Old Alabama”], it wouldn't be nearly as cool as those guys making that appearance and singing it. The same thing with Carrie. It would just be weird if I sang 'Remind Me' to myself," Brad told reporters backstage. "I don't think it would have sounded right with any other female singer. I had that voice in mind. It was written for her.”
Carrie and Alabama later joined Brad for performances on the Grand Ole Opry, singing the very songs they had just celebrated. “What a great night at the @Opry. Thanks Carrie and Alabama for hanging out and singing with me. Hope everyone had fun.” Brad later said via Twitter .