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“Accidental Racist," from Brad Paisley's new album "Wheelhouse" (shown here), is a controversial song about racially charged symbols and cultural preconceptions that has drawn ire from both the country and urban music worlds. (AP Photo/Sony Nashville/Arista)

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**FILE** Brad Paisley tapes a performance for the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" TV special in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 20, 2012. (Associated Press/Disneyland, Paul Hiffmeyer)

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**FILE** Brad Paisley tapes a performance for the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" TV special in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 20, 2012. (Associated Press/Disneyland, Paul Hiffmeyer)

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Brad Paisley performs onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Brad Paisley, right, presents the Willie Nelson lifetime achievement award to Willie Nelson at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

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Hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood dance onstage at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wayde Payne/Invision/AP)

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Joe Walsh (right) was among the guests on hand to honor Brad Paisley and four other stars honored Tuesday night as Country Music Television's Artists of the Year. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift shared the honor with Mr. Paisley. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this June 9, 2011 file photo, Brad Paisley performs during the CMA Fan Festival in Nashville, Tenn. Paisley is releasing his first book on Nov. 1 called "Diary of a Player". (AP Photo/Wade Payne, file)

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Concert: Brad Paisley The motivation for Brad Paisley's first number one single "He Didn't Have to Be," according to his writing partner Kelly Lovelace, was "Let's make a song about you two that will make your wife cry." The track was about Lovelace's relationship with his stepson, who Paisley correctly surmised was as dear to Lovelace as if he were his own flesh and blood. That track was released in 1999, and seven records later, still perfectly captures Paisley's knack for plucking at the human heart as if it were a guitar. On his latest album, "This Is Country Music," Paisley almost says he "almost [broke] down crying" while recording the title track. But it's not all tears with country music's wunderkind (unlike his acoustic-strumming peers, Paisley's guitar chops are as good as his vocals). The West Virginia native is also a skilled pro at weaving tongue-in-cheek pop satires into his work. See, for instance, "Celebrity" from 2003's "Mud on the Tires," a song about a small-town mechanic who claims while helping a stranded celebrity, "I'm the most famous person in the country"--the country being the backwoods. Regardless of what Paisley plays this weekend, you can bet you'll both laugh and cry, possibly during the same song.Sept. 24 at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, VA. Phone: 703-754-6400. Web: www.livenation.com

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Associated Press Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will take the stage for a fourth straight year to host the Country Music Association Awards show.

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Brad Paisley tips his hat to country music's roots in the South with his new album, which is filled with genre staples and showcases his talent on the Telecaster. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Country music stars Brad Paisley, left, and Little Jimmy Dickens, take the stage for the opening song as the curtain goes up in the Grand Ole Opry House on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. The show is the first to be held in the Opry House since the facility was heavily damaged by floodwaters in May. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2009 file photo, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 43rd Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)