Tip a hat to Brad Paisley: He just won three CMT Awards, scored his 14th No. 1 country hit with “Then”—and welcomed second son Jasper Warren in April. (Paisley and his actress wife, Kimberly, 37, also have a 2-year-old son, Huck.) Before touring for his American Saturday Night album, out June 30, Paisley, 36, went through our reader mail with PEOPLE’s Kay West, dishing on diapers, pranks and T.J. Hooker.
Brad, you’re a practical joker. What is the best joke you’ve pulled off?
CHERYL Melbourne, Fla.
Back in 2001 we were opening for Lone Star on the George Strait tour. We threw golf balls at them while they performed; they’d get us with squirt guns. So at the end of our set for the last show, we played “Amazed,” Lone Star’s signature hit. That’s a great prank—but it only works if you’re opening.
Do you talk to William Shatner?
CHELSEA STRASSER U.S. Air Force
Yes, I do [regularly]. I have a huge autographed photo of him as T.J. Hooker on my bus. It’s like you walk on and say, “Hey, Bill.”
Will you take your boys fishing?
ELIZABETH Riverdale, Ga.
I already have. We have a pond, and Huck wanted to try, so we got a pole and a worm. His very first cast, he got a two-pounder! I had to pull it in.
Rank these: diaper duty, grocery shopping or doing dishes.
ELLEN VIRDEN Ellicott City, Md.
Grocery shopping is first. Huck and I just went. [He stood up] in the cart like a Jaguar hood ornament. Diapers and dishes are equally bad.
If you could be any female country star, who would you be and why?
AMY JO BUCKRIDGE Sterling, Colo.
Without a doubt, Taylor Swift. I’d get to do this all over again, except I’d be 19, extremely talented and a brilliant songwriter. At her age, I was lucky to pass classes. My parents gave me an Exxon credit card, so I got all my groceries there. I ate a lot of Doritos and ramen.
What do you enjoy doing most with your family?
JUSTINE APODACA Albuquerque, N.Mex.
I like Sundays best. We start by cooking bacon and pancakes. It’s not the healthiest, but we love it.
You seem to be a real no-fuss, cowboy kind of guy. Have you ever done anything metrosexual?
CRISTINA CUESTAS Dallas, Texas
I’ve never had a manicure. I don’t know if it’s good for guitarists. As for my brows, there’s always a point when a makeup artist cocks her head like a dog puzzling a situation and is fixin’ to say, “Can I just do that area between your brows?” That’s fine. It gets pretty bad up there.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR A SOLID MARRIAGE LIKE YOU AND KIM HAVE?
KIM JAMES St. Louis, Mo.
Humor is [key]. There will always be things a person does to make you want to scream. Making each other laugh creates a bond. People who don’t laugh don’t look happy to me.
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