Tuesday, July 21, 2009
– Country came to the White House Tuesday as Alison Krauss + Union Station, Brad Paisley and Charley Pride all performed as part of a musical series before President and Mrs. Obama.
"I know folks think I'm a city boy, but I do appreciate listening to country music," said President Obama before the concert started. "It's about folks telling their life story the best way they know how."
Paisley sang the title song of his new CD, "American Saturday Night," and his new single Welcome to the Future. Both deal with the American melting pot and racial relations.
Paisley dedicated I Thought I Loved You Then to the Obamas, offering they play it on a romantic night on Air Force One.
Paisley and Krauss sang their hit duet, Whiskey Lullaby, a haunting ballad about heartbreak and alcoholism.
Krauss played Ghost in This House. Her guitarist, Dan Tyminski, took over lead vocals for I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.
Pride, the best known black country singer ever, played his hits Is Anybody Going to San Antone and Mountain of Love.
In the afternoon, Paisley and Krauss met about 120 young musicians, mostly high school students from Virginia and Tennessee. Paisley sang his hit Letter to Me, about an adult writing to his high school self.