Brad Paisley’s Star-Studded Variety Special Gets Air Date

Brad Paisley’s star-studded variety show officially has an air date. Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, hosted and executive produced by…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 31, 2019


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Brad Paisley’s star-studded variety show officially has an air date.

Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, hosted and executive produced by Paisley, will air Tuesday, December 3 at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Filmed at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium, the one-hour show will feature “a combination of Paisley’s signature humor, unexpected surprises, heartfelt field pieces and rousing musical performances,” according to a press release.

Joining the superstar during the show are Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie & The Blowfish, the Jonas Brothers, host of ABC’s The Bachelor franchise Chris Harrison, NFL legend Peyton Manning, superstars Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood and more.

Click below for a special sneak peek of Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special before it airs on December 3.

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Paisley is also working on a new comedy that was recently picked up by Amazon. Dubbed Fish Out of Water, the show is described as “a Larry Sanders take on celebrity vanity projects and a behind-the-scenes look at country music star Paisley’s struggle to keep a simple little fishing show from turning into his own personal Frye Festival.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.