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Brad Paisley and the Band Perry prank their way to D.C.

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

Brad Paisley, known for being a prankster, may have met his match.

Fans know that the country superstar has a long history of playing good-natured jokes on the opening acts. Just this month, he had a video of the children's group "Doodlebops" play behind the Band Perry as they began to sing. But the members of the Band Perry have plenty of tricks up their sleeves too -- and even an inside track on what may be coming for them.

"There is one person in Brad's camp that you can bribe," said Reid Perry of a certain sweets loving member of Paisley's group. "And this person is very close to Brad."

Of course, the three siblings of the Band Perry has also given Paisley some of his own medicine, such as wearing ears reminiscent of the Spock character in "Star Trek" before they came on the stage to join him in singing "Whiskey Lullaby." Paisley, who just a few years ago was an opening act himself, flubbed his lines because he was laughing so much.

Onstage
Brad Paisley with the Band Perry
Where: Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow,
When: 4:30 p.m. (doors), Saturday
Info: $25 to $80; 202-397-SEAT; ticketmaster.com

The kind of Andy Griffith Show-type hijinks is no accident. Paisley is a devoted fan of the late Griffith and his show plus legendary performers including Alabama, Merle Haggard, Little Jimmy Dickens and others. And his excitement over those entertainers, some of whom he's featured in person or via video in his concerts, has clearly won over fans, too.

The multi-Grammy Award winning Paisley who has won 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards consistently plays to sold out crowds, including a June 9 show before 38,000 attendees at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Again, though, Paisley does not take himself too seriously. The Band Perry said fans might not know that "he throws a great party," especially for those on his tour. He rented a theater not too long ago and treated everyone to a private screening of the movie "The Avengers" and on another day treated the group to late night go-carting.

Such fun is especially welcome to the Band Perry who has been working hard both on the road and on their upcoming album that will be produced by Rick Rubin.

"The first album had three different producers working on it. We were really experimenting with different ways to work in the studio," said Kimberly Perry. "We have grown into it. The process for each song, now, is the same and we are comfortable with it. We love to sing and we love to play and we get to do both."

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