Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, country singers have been forced to postpone or cancel their concerts. But artists have managed to entertain their fans from the safety of their own homes through livestreams.
On Wednesday (March 18), Brad Paisley announced his plans to host a live, online concert on Thursday (March 19). He also shared a phone number fans could text with song requests, and promised to honor some of those requests during his concert.
He teased some collaborative performances, writing, “Tomorrow night. Me, you, maybe some other friends. Instagram Live. Text me your requests.”
Fans finally got the chance to see those collaborations when Paisley went live online on Thursday night.
The first special guest who made an appearance was Paisley’s wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who was helping him film and kept viewers entertained while he tried to figure out his setup.
Other guests included his at-home audience, made up of his sons’ stuffed animals. “What a crowd. Little stuffy though…” Paisley wrote alongside a photo of the toys all lined up to watch him perform.
After singing solo for a little while, Paisley then welcomed his first duet partner to the live stream. And that duet partner was none other than Carrie Underwood!
The viewers wanted the pair to sing their 2011 duet “Remind Me,” and they were happy to oblige. They sang the chorus and the second verse before saying “goodbye” so Underwood could start cooking dinner.
Chris Young also called in toward the end of the stream, and he and Paisley sang Paisley’s 2008 single “I’m Still a Guy.”
After the concert ended, Paisley posted photos of his virtual duet partners and thanked them for participating.”Thanks @carrieunderwood @thetimmcgraw @chrisyoungmusic for the virtual duets tonight,” he wrote.
You can tune in to the video below to watch Paisley’s full concert. If you’d like to skip straight to the duets, here are the timestamps to look for.
The timestamps indicate the minute mark in the video that the artist first appears:
- Underwood’s Appearance – 8:00
- McGraw’s Appearance – 24:21
- Young’s Appearance – 40:09
Hats off to Paisley, Underwood, McGraw, and Young for providing their fans with quality entertainment during this trying time.