Brad Schmitt, Nashville Tennessean
Published 5:00 a.m. CT Nov. 7, 2019 | Updated 5:50 a.m. CT Nov. 7, 2019CLOSEThe country star actually busted out laughing when he first saw Hamilton on the dance floor of a Shatner fundraiser in Los AngelesThey’ve gone out together, double-dated with their wives together, participated in umpteen Nashville fundraisers together — and now, they’ve even created a children’s book together.Olympic gold medal skater/good guy Scott Hamilton and country star/good guy Brad Paisley have one of the hottest Music City bromances around.It’s all Captain Kirk’s doing. (Yep, here comes some more celebrity name dropping.)Former “Star Trek” star William Shatner each year hosts the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show, a fundraiser for children’s and veterans’ charities in the Los Angeles area.Shatner invited Hamilton to attend the year that Paisley performed the event-closing concert. Funny thing is, Hamilton’s wife, Tracie, had been trying to turn her husband on to country music, and she’d been pushing Paisley’s music particularly hard.So she made sure she and her husband went to see Paisley play Shatner’s event — where Paisley and Scott Hamilton shared an odd first encounter.The country singer busted out laughing when he saw Hamilton on the dance floor.Turns out Paisley couldn’t figure out if Hamilton was Hamilton or if he was Kenny Chesney, who, like the figure skater, is bald and, uh, not considered “tall.”► The latest Hamilton-Paisley collaboration: A children’s book?The thought tickled Paisley so much that he just started laughing while staring at the Olympian. Hamilton wasn’t quite so tickled.”I thought that was really weird,” Hamilton told The Tennessean.After the concert, Paisley dispatched his road manager to invite the Hamiltons backstage, where Paisley explained his sudden outburst of laughter. That started a great friendship.In fact, Paisley had a lot to do with Hamilton moving to the Nashville area about 13 years ago, convincing the skater that Middle Tennessee is a far better place to raise kids than Southern California.And now you know the rest of the story.Reach Brad Schmitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-259-8384 and on Twitter @bradschmitt.Read or Share this story: https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/2019/11/07/brad-paisley-scott-hamilton-bromance-blame-william-shatner/4169635002/
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