Brad Paisley has become one of Nashville’s biggest cheerleaders. He gave a surprise performance of “Southern Comfort Zone” at Nashville mayor Karl Dean‘s citywide address Monday, and Brad will appear as himself on the season finale of Nashville Wednesday night on ABC.
As a longtime resident of Music City, Brad is excited to spread the word of how cool his adopted hometown has become in the past few years. Nothing illustrates that change like the section of Nashville called the Gulch, home to the world’s most famous bluegrass club, The Station Inn. It’s now surrounded by some of the city’s hottest shops and restaurants, like Watermark.
“My wife and I went to eat at Watermark down in the Gulch, which is the hippest little area in Nashville,” Brad tells ABC News Radio. “I mean, they’re filming episodes of Nashville down there. They’re doing all of this, and I’m walking out of the Watermark, and I just realized the Station Inn is right there.”
He adds, “When I used to go to the Station Inn and see somebody like Junior Brown or I would go down there and see, like, Larry Cordle play or whatever, I used to think to myself, ‘I probably oughta make sure that I’m packing when I go down to that area of town.'”
Now that the Gulch has been revitalized, Brad is happy to report The Station Inn is still going strong.
He says, “It doesn’t change The Station Inn except that it really helps everybody. In that sense, it really does sort of illustrate just what’s happened to Nashville.”
Look for Brad on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night at 10 ET.
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