NASHVILLE, Tennessee (August 19, 2015) As the 2015 college football season kicks off, country music superstar Brad Paisley will be taking his show to select IMG College partner universities to provide free entertainment for the campus community. The “Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s” will roll into Blacksburg, Virginia on September 6 and set up on the Virginia Tech campus. Breakout country artist Eric Paslay will be the special guest. Other dates announced are September 10 – The University of Texas with three time Grammy nominee and Texas native Pat Green as special guest, September 11 - Baylor University with the comedy band The Raging Idiots (which features special guest Bobby Bones and Eddie from iHeartMedia’s national country radio program The Bobby Bones Show), and September 12 – University of Arkansas, also with The Raging Idiots as the special guest. Details on each show, as well as additional university dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton made their Grand Ole Opry debuts Tues., August 18. Duvall served as a guest announcer during the show and performed the song “Cheyenne”, with music producer Michael Hodges, from the original motion picture soundtrack Wild Horses . Roots-rock band The Boxmasters featuring Thornton and also consisting of Teddy Andreadis and J.D. Andrew performed a set including tunes from the 2015 release Somewhere Down The Road . Tonight’s show also included performances by Bill Anderson , Larry Gatlin , Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, David Nail, The Oak Ridge Boys , and Thomas Rhett . "It's an honor to be here," Thornton said during The Boxmasters set. "Thanks for coming out." After his guest announcer stint in which he reflected on his work in films such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Lonesom e Dove as well as sharing stories about country legends including Johnny Cash and Carl Smith, Duvall walked center stage