‘Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,’ that Darius Rucker is "two different people," and that he’s an honorary Jonas Brother

ABC/Mark LevineFor his first prime time variety special, Brad Paisley enlists two big-name acts from the pop world, with whom he goes way back: Darius Rucker and Jonas Brothers.

Brad took Darius out on his first major tour once he stepped away from Hootie & the Blowfish to pursue his country career.

"Darius is two different people. It's very strange," Brad jokes. "He's Darius... this country boy from the Carolinas. And then there's Hootie & the Blowfish, which is this rock-and-roller that's on top of the world, too."

"So it's nice that... his band sort of reunited this year and they're tearing it up out there," he adds. "We're able to get a small performance from them in a club near the venue. And I think it's just a magical sequence when I run down the street and bring him back with me."

Brad has quite a history with the Jonas guys too. In fact, he considers himself an honorary Brother.

"I think I might be," he tells ABC Audio. "They may say otherwise. In my mind, I am."

"They're old friends of mine that, back when they first started, we got together and they had talked about my music being something that they listened to," he explains.

"And I think my first ever tweet was with Kevin [Jonas]," Brad recalls. "Kevin and I were together in Nashville at a thing, and I had never tweeted before, if that tells you how far back we go. And he said, 'No, no, I'm gonna help you. Here's how you do it.' And he set up my phone and everything, showed me how." 

Kelsea BalleriniTim McGrawCarrie Underwood, and Peyton Manning also show up for Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special, which premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out Friday

Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out FridayABC/Image Group LAOld Dominion are gearing up to share more new music, and from the snippet they posted to social media this week, the next song they’ve got coming is a flirty, tropical summertime anthem.

“This is one y’all haven’t ever heard yet,” the group revealed on social media, posting a 30-second clip of their new song along with a portion of the lyrics. Called “Everything to Lose,” the tune focuses on the early stages of a new relationship.

“Everything that you do is driving me crazy / Dancing and singing along and it’s catching my ear, catching my eye,” the song begins. “Think that it’s been long enough, girl, you know I ain’t playing / So let’s blow this popsicle stand, girl, and kiss it goodbye...”

“Everything to Lose” will be the first taste of previously unheard music from Old Dominion since May, when they dropped three older songs that they’d written for previous projects but that didn’t make the cut.

The band released their self-titled third album in October of last year. That project includes hits like “Make it Sweet” and “One Man Band.”

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This is one y'all haven't ever heard yet. #everythingtolose is out tonight. #previouslyunreleased pic.twitter.com/L7kiYjHsk0

— Old Dominion (@OldDominion) July 2, 2020