Country Music Superstar Brad Paisley to Headline College GameDay Season Opener

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Country Music Superstar Brad Paisley to Headline College GameDay Season Opener

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Texas Schools Invited to Takeover Ft. Worth’s Sundance Square

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot trucks will roll into Ft. Worth’s Sundance Square this week for the opening weekend of college football. Fans and mascots from Texas schools such as Baylor, North Texas, SMU, TCU and UT, as well as fans of the two teams featured in that night’s ABC Saturday Night Football 8 p.m. ET matchup – Wisconsin and Alabama, are invited to the Square to kick off the season with College GameDay, its on-site fan activities and country music superstar Brad Paisley.

Paisley, who served as a guest picker at GameDay’s West Virginia stop last year, will perform his new single, “Country Nation” for the crowd and viewers at home during the Saturday, Sept. 5, season-opening telecast (9 a.m. – noon ET) hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.

Additional programming details will be announced later in the week including planned features, segments and the guest picker.

About Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. Paisley kicked off his Crushin’ It World Tour the middle of May by playing to over 50,000 fans the first weekend and continues through October. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Fans can look for him and Carrie Underwood to return as hosts of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the eighth consecutive year when “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Connect with Brad at,, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at

About College GameDay
College football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – College GameDay, is hosted by Rece Davis, with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. The three-hour program of debate and discussion about the week’s most compelling college football stories and previews of the weekend’s biggest games is in its 29th season.




Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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