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January 15, 2014

Northern Middle student gets to perform with country star Brad Paisley

Somerset —

You couldn’t blame young Lucas Smith if he’s disappointed with every other concert he attends for the rest of his life.
After all, at his very first one, he got to go up on stage and actually play with the artist.
“That doesn’t usually happen,” said his mother Stephanie with a laugh. “It’s something most people will never get to know.”
Lucas celebrated his 13th birthday in style by rocking out with country music singer Brad Paisley this past Saturday when he got to go up next to the popular recording artist and jam our on Paisley’s own guitar.
Lucas is a seventh grader at Northern Middle School here in Pulaski County. His mother Stephanie works as a receptionist at Pulaski County High School. 
Ironically, it was another county school system employee — Southwestern High School assistant principal Matt Cook — who helped the Smiths get tickets to the Paisley concert this past weekend at the Yum! Center in Louisville. Cook is part of a Paisley fan club, and was about to wrangle a spot in “the pit” — the area right in front of the stage, on top of all the action.
Lucas is a big fan of Paisley’s, according to his mother — “mostly because of his guitar playing.”
“His favorite album is called ‘Play’ — it’s mostly instrumentals,” said Stephanie.
Just getting the tickets was a surprise enough for Lucas. Stephanie said they’d kept the birthday treat under wraps for about a month and didn’t tell Lucas until the night before.
Little did they know exactly what was to come. Lucas certainly didn’t.
“It was his first concert, so he didn’t know what to expect,” said Stephanie.
They did know that Paisley often gives away a signed guitar to a young person at his events, and the Smiths were hopeful they could swing such an opportunity for Lucas.

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