Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley Play the White House Tonight

July 21, 2009  |  1:30pm
The man from Texas is out of the White House, but today, the nation's capital will be reunited with the cowboy hat when Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss & Union Station take part in the White House Music Series.

This afternoon will feature an educational workshop with 120 middle and high school students from across the nation on songwriting and country music history.

“It’s such a great honor,” Lynn Adelman of W.O. Smith Community Music School in Nashville told The Tennessean. W.O. Smith  will send 40 kids to the event. “Just the fact that we were invited is special for these kids. We hope they realize they were chosen to represent their schools and Nashville in Washington, D.C.”

The musicians will perform at night in the White House's East Room with President Obama and the first lady in attendance. The workshop discussion will be curated by The Country Music Hall of Fame's Jay Orr, and Eddie Stubbs will emcee.

The White House Music Series was started by Michelle Obama to encourage arts education. Last month it focused on jazz music and featured the workshops with members of the Marsalis family, Paquito D'Rivera and Davey Yarborough. Next fall the series will focus on classical music.

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