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Brad Paisley Bringing Country's Past to the Present with His ACM Awards Performance

Jim SheaBrad Paisley brings country's past into the present using a sample of the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Roger Miller's 1964 hit "Dang Me" in his new song "Outstanding in Our Field."  He also recruited Dierks Bentley to contribute vocals, and Hunter Hayes plays guitar on the track which will be included on Brad's new album, Wheelhouse, coming out next week.

Fans watching the ACM Awards will get to see this collaboration come to life on Sunday night's show, and Roger will be in on the act too.

Brad tells ABC News Radio, "When we do it live, you'll see in black and white Roger Miller behind me come up on the screen.  You'll see that on the ACMs this week, where there he is.  He's doing his line, and then Dierks comes in the next verse, and Hunter plays guitar and all this."

Brad has always prided himself on being a steward of country music's history, and he feels this collaboration takes that role to a new level.

"Now you really have the technological ability to not just build on the past and take all of these things I learned from Roger Miller being a fan, but I get to sing with him because of technology," Brad explains.

There are some legal issues behind the scenes over whether or not Brad can actually sample Roger Miller's records, but he says, "The copyright lawyers get to figure it all out.  Which is fun, I don't care."

Brad Paisley hosts the ACM Fan Jam this Sunday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  Portions of that show, including the performance of "Outstanding in Our Field," will be shown on the ACM Awards broadcast on CBS starting that night at 8 Eastern.

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