Brad Paisley is one country singer who definitely likes to make a joke once in a while.
His appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! didn’t hold back on the laugh factor as Paisley chatted with Kimmel about working with Demi Lovato, co-hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and his dreams of being a comedian one day.
Recently, Kimmel jokingly announced he wants to run for Vice President and Paisley showed his support with a specially-made ‘Kimmel for Vice President’ t-shirt during his appearance on the late night talk show.
Paisley also sang his new single, “Without a Fight,” which is a duet with Lovato. Kimmel seemed confused by the collaboration and wanted to know how the two got together to make the song happen.
“I was her guitarist on the iHeart Awards. Proud to be back there, backing her up. She is amazing! She’s from Dallas and she started her career singing Billy Gillman at a rodeo, I think,” he explained. “So anyways, I was blown away at what a big country music fan she is and she said, ‘Can we do something together?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely! I have the song.’ I had already cut the song, so it was perfect.”
Four days later, the duet was born and Paisley joked that he wished his dating life worked that quickly back in the day.
Known for his hilarious songwriting over current events, Paisley brought out a guitar to play a little ditty about the controversy over the North Carolina transgender bathroom bill. Doing his own rendition of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” the country singer changed out original lyrics for lines like ‘Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman, especially when you are born a man,’ and ‘Sit by your man.’
Kimmel brought up Paisley’s hosting gig for the CMA Awards, noting that this year will be the ninth time he takes on the responsibilities with Underwood. When Kimmel asks if the goal is to beat Vince Gill’s record of 13-time host, Paisley accepted the challenge and claimed that was his goal.
Check out the rest of the interview as well as the television debut performance of “Without a Fight” below.