Any fan of Brad Paisley knows one thing: he loves a good prank. He’s pranked The Band Perry last year with a Doodlebops video; he surprised Darius Rucker at the Grand Ole Opry by pretending to be a fan and asking if he’s still the world’s worst poker player; he even once soaked Blake Shelton with water guns on stage.
Eighth-grader Kayla Jane was shadowing the Charlotte morning show team on the day Brad Paisley called in to talk about his upcoming album Wheelhouse. The crew decided maybe she should take the reigns and interview the “Southern Comfort Zone” singer.
Starting off sweetly, Kayla asked a pretty straightforward question: “Who taught you how to play guitar?” Brad admitted his grandfather was a guitar player, so he would watch him play all day before he went to work. He also revealed his grandfather gave him his first guitar.
Then things went a little intrusive. “How much money did you make last year before and after taxes?” sweet Kayla Jane asked nonchalantly. “Thanks for that great question,” Brad began with a laugh. He barely missed a beat, though. “Before taxes I made about $250 million…after taxes about $35,000.”
Pulling the reigns back, Kayla asked about his favorite color. “In cars I like blue, in things like guitars and amps… I like bright red.”
Then things took a hilarious turn.
“Do you think Kenny Chesney has spent way too much time on an island drinking rum?” Answering again with barely a second thought, Brad said, “I do. I think that he needs to become a productive member of society and quit embezzling all his money into a Cayman island account and going down there and spending money illegally.” He continued quickly, “I’m just surprised no one has called him out in the middle of one of our campaigns as somebody who has a lot of offshore accounts.”
Kayla then finished the interview with one final question.
“I love my parents, but I wouldn’t mind being adopted by a good-looking country music star. Do you think Carrie Underwood would have me?”
In a fit of laughs, Brad took a second to regain his thoughts, before giving her a slew of backhanded compliments. “You are going to do really well in life,” he said. “There are a lot of people who are going to give you a lot of respect with your attitude. I’m not one of them, but there are a lot of people who will treat you well in your life.”
And of course he made sure to answer her question the best way he knew how. “Carrie Underwood, it’s a little known fact, hates children,” he joked.
Brad Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse will hit stores April 9.
– Jodi Phillips, The New 103.7/Charlotte