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Brad Paisley finishes Beat This Winter tour as Distinguished West Virginian

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Brad Paisley finishes Beat This Winter tour as Distinguished West Virginian

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Mar 4, 2014

Brad Paisley wrapped his Beat This Winter tour on Saturday (March 1) in Charleston, W. Va. But before the show, the state's favorite son was honored by the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame along with the Governor's Office, which bestowed on the country superstar the highest honor a West Virginian can receive, the Distinguished West Virginian Award.

"Things come to mind," Brad said of his home state. "But it's not until you come back and then everything floods your mind from all of the memories from up here. When you come back up this way. It's kind of a different world."

Just as he is at most of Brad's shows, the entertainer's dad, Doug Paisley, was working behind the scenes. WSAZ-TV spoke to the elder Paisley, who worked on West Virginia highways in various jobs for nearly 40 years before joining his son on the road five years ago.

"It wasn't an easy decision. But it was made easier by the grandkids," Doug says of choosing to join Brad's road crew. Brad and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams Paisley, have two young sons, Huck and Jasper. The benefits of being "retired" and getting to spend time with the family aren't lost on the Glen Dale, W. Va., native.

"We've gone to go-cart tracks at 12 midnight and raced for a couple hours," Doug says.

On his relationship with his dad, Brad notes, "We've gone through many levels. He can do no wrong, he can do no right, back to no wrong."

"Definitely the word is 'blessed'," says Doug Paisley.

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.