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Brad Paisley makes everybody a part of his 'Country Nation' on TODAY plaza

It's a perfect Friday on the TODAY plaza, as country superstar Brad Paisley kicks off Labor Day weekend in high style.
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As we head into the nice long Labor Day weekend, what better artist to unofficially send off summer with than country superstar Brad Paisley?

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The three-time Grammy winner debuted his new "Country Nation" video on Thursday, and on Friday, he packed the plaza to give us some boot-stompin' good times.

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As fans noted, he was "Crushin' It" with his first performance:

While at home, even the babies were having a good time:

When Paisley joined the TODAY team inside for a quick chat, things took a funny turn. Paisley's Twitter introduction notes that he was born in the same year a fictional "crack commando team" (aka "The A-Team") escaped, which led Al Roker to read out the series' classic introductory narration from memory.

Paisley's amazed response: "How did you get married? How did a woman marry you?"

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It's that kind of sense of humor, along with his great talent, that led fans to come out in force early on and share rehearsal images:

And glittery signs:

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And examples of their devotion (as in, being willing to get up so early):

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Pre-performance Paisley was out and about offering his John Hancock to attendees:

Stay tuned for all the great action as we go out on Paisley Patrol all this morning!

And if you're wondering who will officially be rounding out our amazing summer of TODAY, it's Justin Bieber, who will be performing on the TODAY plaza next Thursday, Sept. 10.

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