Country music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley has a knack for knowing what to say, especially on a solemn holiday like Memorial Day.
Paisley performed his song “Then” in front of a crowd gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for the National Memorial Day Concert.
Before singing, Paisley said, “You know, the future can be one of awesome promise but it can also be a fearful thing. If your loved one’s going off to war, then I’d like to dedicate this next song to all these guys and gals in Iraq, Afghanistan and all the families they’ve had to leave here in the great United States of America.
“I know what keeps all of them going half a world away,” Paisley said, “is their love and dreams of a life together. This song’s for them.”
Paisley then launches into “Then.”
Brad Paisley Song Comes Off ‘American Saturday Night’
The song comes off of Paisley’s 2009 release, “American Saturday Night.” It was nominated for the CMA Award Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
Its lyrics speak of unrequited love when looking back to a time known as “then.”
Paisley is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and entertainer. He’s won three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others.
In addition, he is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, being inducted in 2001.
Paisley Honors Friend Who Had Heart For Hurting People
The holiday season for many is a time to celebrate in different ways. Paisley, though, shared publicly about the death of his friend Barbara Tellefson at age 84.
Tellefson played an important role in helping Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley start The Store, which is a free grocery store that is open year-round to those in need.
He honored his friend in an Instagram post on Nov. 26.
“She founded @unityshoppesb with a goal of creating a food charity with dignity,” Paisley wrote. “I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with more passion to serve others. Meeting her was a seismic event in our family’s story. She was an unstoppable force for good, and eventually, her vision became the inspiration for @thestore_nashville. We discovered her at Thanksgiving when we first volunteered years ago.”
As for his own plans during the holidays, Paisley said that going home is what kept him grounded.
“It’s been very interesting to start these traditions here and learn not to leave,” he added. “I remember the first year I didn’t leave you know. And if you have the kids first in the family your set. Because that’s where the tradition starts you know.”