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Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and country's twang heard around the world
Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and country's twang heard around the world

Country musician Brad Paisley's first tour of the United Kingdom in 2000 didn't leave him much to write home to West Virginia about. Paisley and the other acts on the tour flew commercial airlines and saw their precious band gear stashed into the jet's regular luggage holds. The hotels were spartan, the venues were small and they were lucky if the promoters would give them a soundcheck before taking the stage. "I remember thinking, 'What am I doing?'" Paisley said. "Knowing who I am in America, what am I doing here?" These days, Paisley is finding a warmer reception overseas. He first noticed the thaw in 2010 when he booked a show in London....

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