Following up Rascal Flatts' performance, Brad Paisley had the honor of performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" to open the second game in the playoffs for the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Paisley chose to play (a very colorful) guitar during his performance. This is a smart way to stay in tune through a song where many performers find themselves starting off too high to stay in their range and find it impossible to sing as they move up the scale toward the end of the performance. Paisley also chooses to not belt the lyrics out with an over-the-top finesse. Instead, he beautifully sings the words with earnest reverence.
Last year, officials opted to get A-list country stars to sing the National Anthem as the Predators went after the Stanley Cup, replacing longtime anthem singer Dennis K. Morgan. Since then, the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Little Big Town have walked across the carpeted ice to perform the song.
Each performer of the National Anthem has stood out in their own way, and so far this season, the performances have started off a winning game. After Brad Paisley's rendition on Saturday, the Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche by one point.