Why the singer built an old English pub on his Tennessee Farm

By Danielle Anderson
Updated August 10, 2014 08:30 AM
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Brad Paisley is already a singer, songwriter, master guitarist and resident expert on ABC’s singing competition show Rising Star, but the country star wants to add one more thing to his list of credits.

“I’m going to go to bartender school,” Paisley tells PEOPLE Country. “We’ve built a bar in the studio house on my farm and I need to know how to work it.”

As with his other projects, Paisley didn’t skimp on the details.

“It’s the greatest sports bar in the county!” he says. “We actually built it like an old English pub with an old bar, a foot rail, a four-beer tap with refrigerated lines going to kegs in the basement, and a cigar room with ventilation.”

The trick, the singer admits, will be working the tap.

“I don’t think you can do Guinness right in America, but I’m going to try and see if I can get the right pour,” he says. “I just think it will be fun to know, then I can go to work for Dierks Bentley at his bar in Phoenix!

But Paisley’s real motivation for building the bar was his nostalgia for all those honkytonks he played before he became famous.

“I just love bar culture,” he says. “I grew up playing bars as a teenager. We’d end at 2 a.m. and when I’d go back in the morning to pack everything up, it would be that stale smoke and beer thing – the evidence of a great time and that smell that you associate with packing the gear. I wanted that in my studio. So we have it now. It’s neat to walk in there and smell the cigar smoke. It’s one of those things your wife would kill you for if you had in your home.”

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